St. Louis CITY SC has signed midfielder Indiana Vassilev from Aston Villa

St. Louis CITY SC have signed midfielder Indiana Vassilev from Aston Villa, the club announced today. Vassilev is on a two-year deal through the end of the 2024 MLS regular season, with option years in 2025 and 2026. St. Louis first acquired Vassilev’s MLS rights through the MLS expansion draft.

“We were thrilled to get Indy’s deal through the line and bring him to St. Louis,” said athletic director Lutz Pfannenstiel. “Indy is a highly sought-after American youth international who shows many dynamic attributes in midfield. His experience at various levels of the Premier League, MLS and US youth national team is impressive for his age.”

Vassilev started his professional career at Aston Villa during the 2020 FA Cup at the age of 18. After earning his first cap with Villa in the FA Cup, he made four appearances in the 2019/20 Premier League season. Vassilev was then loaned to both Burton Albion (League One) and Cheltenham Town (League Two) in the 2020/21 season, making 24 appearances between the two squads.

After his spell in England, Vassilev recently spent the last season and a half at Inter Miami CF. The Savannah, Georgia native appeared in 45 of Miami’s 48 regular-season games, scoring five goals.

For the national team, Vassilev has risen from the U16 team to the U20 team within the US youth national team. At the age of 15, the midfielder played his first international match in the youth national team with the U-16 team in an international test match and played a total of eight games. Vassilev has played a total of 33 five-goal games at the US Youth International level.

TRANSACTION: St. Louis CITY SC acquired Indiana Vassilev from Aston Villa on January 17, 2023. Vassilev has been handed a two-year deal through the end of the 2024 MLS regular season, with option years in 2025 and 2026.

Indiana Vasilyev
position: midfield
Date of birth: February 16, 2001 (21 years old)
Height: 5’8″
Nationality: United States of America
Last club: Aston Villa

2023 St Louis CITY SC LINEUP (26)

Goalkeeper (2) – Roman Bürki+, Ben Lundt
Defender (9) – Centre-Backs: Jonathan Bell, Kyle Hiebert, Joakim Nilsson+, Tim Parker, Josh Yaro; Full-backs: John Nelson, Jake Nerwinski, Owen O’Malley, Selmir Pidro+
Midfielder (11) – Offensive: Rasmus Alm+, Aziel Jackson, Isak Jensen+, Tomáš Ostrák+, Celio Pompeu, Max Schneider+, Jared Stroud, Indiana Vassilev; Defensive center: Njabolu Blom, Eduard Löwen+, Akil Watts
Forward (4) – João Klauss+, Nico Gioacchini, Samuel Adeniran, Caden Glover

Designated Players (2) – Eduard Löwen, João Klauss