Villyan Bijev, 22, passed on a scholarship offer from Washington to sign a three-year pro contract with Liverpool. Four years later, his contract not renewed, Bijev found himself playing in the Bulgarian A League for Cherno More, a middle-of-the-pack club with an 8,500-seat stadium. Seems like a long way from the Premier League.
Villyan Bijev, 22, passed on a scholarship offer from Washington to sign a three-year pro contract with Liverpool. Four years later, his contract not renewed, Bijev found himself playing in the Bulgarian A League for Cherno More, a middle-of-the-pack club with an 8,500-seat stadium. Seems like a long way from the Premier League. CRAIG KOHLRUSS ckohlruss@fresnobee.com
Villyan Bijev, 22, passed on a scholarship offer from Washington to sign a three-year pro contract with Liverpool. Four years later, his contract not renewed, Bijev found himself playing in the Bulgarian A League for Cherno More, a middle-of-the-pack club with an 8,500-seat stadium. Seems like a long way from the Premier League. CRAIG KOHLRUSS ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

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December 26, 2015 01:53 PM

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