Vassilev becomes 2nd-youngest American in Premier League

American forward Indiana Vassilev became the second-youngest American to play in England’s Premier League when he appeared as a substitute in the second half at Brighton.

Vassilev entered in the 67th minute of Saturday’s 1-1 draw. At 18 years, 11 months, 2 days, he became the second-youngest behind defender Jonathan Spector, who was 18 years, 5 months, 27 days when he played his first league game for Manchester United against Blackburn on Aug. 28, 2004.

Vassilev made his first senior team appearance for Aston Villa as a substitute in the FA Cup against Fulham on Jan. 4.

He played for the U.S. alongside Josh Sargent and Tim Weah at the 2017 Under-17 World Cup, where the
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