While this weekend saw the German 2. Bundesliga and Scottish Premier League kickoff their seasons, there was also some random news that took place.
The biggest, and the most out of left field, has Liverpool signing 18-year-old Bulgarian-American forward Villyan Bijev. Bijev was born in Bulgaria, but his family moved to the US when he was young. He is listed on US Soccer’s website under the U-18 player pool and he was named to the U-17/18 Development Academy Starting XI earlier this month.
He holds a Bulgarian passport, but since Bulgaria hasn’t fully become a member of the European Union, he won’t be able to obtain a UK work permit until next summer. Meanwhile, he will be sent out on loan to Belgian champs Racing Genk. Not too shabby.
Now, if U-17 captain Marc Pelosi, rumored to have a contract offer from Liverpool, also signs that would be two U-18ers with Liverpool.
And while we are still talking about Liverpool, Brian Sciaretta is hearing from unconfirmed sources that U-17 forward Andrew Oliver is headed to Liverpool for some training. Some of you might remember Oliver as the guy who led the U-17 team in scoring during World Cup qualification, but was kicked off the team/out of Bradenton for breaking some team rules.
Oguchi Onyewu got the start in Sporting CP’s recent friendly against Juventus this past weekend in Toronto, even assisting on Sporting’s first goal (highlights here). As for the word out of Portugal, this was my favorite quote (translated by our great translator Google Translate).
The American football is king in the air, filling a serious gap of the former Sporting.
All hail King Gooch.
Michael Bradley did an interview in Germany where he talks about his decision to head to Aston Villa last year and his future plans.
And finally, here is a funny photo of Jozy Altidore at some recent AZ team building/training event. Oh Jozy.