became the second youngest American to play in the Premier League after Jonathan Spector
when he debuted for Aston Villa in its 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion
at the Amex Stadium.
Vassilev, who turns 19 next month, played 23 minutes in his Premier League debut after making his FA Cup debut against Fulham on Jan. 4 and his League Cup debut
against Leicester City four days later.
Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, to Bulgarian immigrants, Vassilev signed with Villa in 2018 after playing for the USA at the 2017 U-17 World
Cup as one of three 2001 players on the team. He attended the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and attended U-17 residency.
Vassilev is eligible for the 2021 Under-20 World Cup.