Stefan Dimitrov (footballer)

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Stefan Dimitrov
Personal information
Full name Stefan Ivanov Dimitrov
Date of birth (1984-10-08) October 8, 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
New York Cosmos
Number 17
Youth career
Etar Veliko Tarnovo
2006–2008 Concordia Clippers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Etar Veliko Tarnovo 7 (2)
2009–2010 Chicago Fire 12 (0)
2011 New York Pancyprian-Freedoms
2012 Brooklyn Knights 7 (8)
2013– New York Cosmos 12 (1)
2013 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (loan) 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 16, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stefan Dimitrov (born October 8, 1984 in Veliko Tarnovo) is a Bulgarian footballer who currently plays for New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League.

Career[edit]

Early career in Bulgaria[edit]

Dimitrov spent his early career in his native Bulgaria. He signed with the academy of his hometown team, Etar Veliko Tarnovo, and made his debut with Etar's first team at the age of 16. Dimitrov subsequently played four seasons with Etar in the Bulgarian B PFG prior to his move to the United States. He played sparingly for Etar, appearing in 4 league matches during the 2003–04 season[1] and three league matches during the 2004–05 season.[2]

College[edit]

When Dimitrov's father won the green card lottery, the family relocated to New York City. Dimitrov played with an amateur Bulgarian team in Queens, New York before enrolling in and playing college soccer for Concordia College. Dimitrov was the leading scorer in the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer 2008 regular season with 23 goals in 17 games. He was also named to the 2008 Daktronics NCAA Division II Men's Soccer All-America Second Team and named the 2008 East Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Professional[edit]

Dimitrov was signed by Chicago Fire in March 2009, after being invited to try out with the team by head coach Denis Hamlett. He made his MLS debut on 13 June 2009, as a late substitute in a game against D.C. United.[3]

Dimitrov was released by Chicago on August 27, 2010.[4] He played for the New York Pancyprian-Freedoms in the US Open Cup in 2011, before signing for New York Cosmos U-23 in 2011 and was selected as one of the U-23 players to participate in the Paul Scholes testimonial match between New York Cosmos and Manchester United.

On January 31, 2013, Dimitrov signed with the Cosmos for their inaugural season in the NASL.[5] Two months later, he was loaned out to Fort Lauderdale Strikers for the Spring season.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistic for Stefan Dimitrov". Bulgarian PFL. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  2. ^ "Statistic for Stefan Dimitrov". Bulgarian PFL. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  3. ^ http://web.mlsnet.com/scoreboard/game.jsp?match=06132009_CHIDCM
  4. ^ Fire release Stefan Dimitrov
  5. ^ "Cosmos Add Kyle Reynish". nasl.com. North American Soccer League. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Strikers Acquire Forward Stefan Dimitrov on Loan From Cosmos". nasl.com. North American Soccer League. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 

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