Andriy Budnyi

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Andriy Budnyi
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Personal information
Full name Andriy Budnyi
Date of birth (1982-09-20) 20 September 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Chernivtsi, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
FC Bukovyna Chernivtsi
2001 Bard College
2002 San Jose State Spartans
2004–2005 Azusa Pacific Cougars
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Cascade Surge 21 (18)
2006 Charlotte Eagles 8 (1)
2006–2007 Arsenal Bila Tserkva
2007–2008 Obolon Kyiv 24 (3)
2007–2008 Obolon-2 Kyiv (loan) 36 (24)
2009–2010 Carolina RailHawks 43 (6)
2009 Wilmington Hammerheads (loan) 1 (1)
2011–2012 Wilmington Hammerheads 38 (16)
2013 VSI Tampa Bay 18 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2012.

Andriy Budnyi (born 20 September 1982 in Chernivtsi) is a Ukrainian footballer.


College and Amateur[edit]

In 2002, Budnyi attended Bard College. He transferred to San Jose State University in 2002. He then transferred to Azusa Pacific University, where he earned the 2005 Golden State Athletic Conference and Region II Player of the Year award.

During his college years he also played two seasons with Cascade Surge in the USL Premier Development League, helping the team to two PDL Northwest Division titles, and being named to the PDL All-Western Conference teams in both 2004 and 2005.[1][2]


Having spent much of the early part of 2006 training with Chivas USA of Major League Soccer, Budnyi signed his first professional contract with Charlotte Eagles of the USL Second Division on 28 June 2006,[3] and subsequently played in 8 games for the team, scoring 1 goal.

Budnyi returned to his homeland in 2006, playing initially for Arsenal Bila Tserkva and then for Obolon Kyiv. He was the top scorer for Obolon's reserves, FC Obolon-2 Kyiv, in the Ukrainian Second League in 2007–2008, with 20 goals.

Budnyi returned to the United States in early 2009, and joined Carolina RailHawks of the USL First Division in April 2009. On 22 July 2009, the RailHawks sent him on loan for one game to the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Second Division.[4] On 22 February 2010 Carolina announced the re-signing of Budnyi to a new contract for the 2010 season.[5]

Budnyi joined USL Pro club Wilmington Hammerheads in February 2011.[6]

Budnyi joined the Syracuse Silver Knights in 2011. He did not re-sign at the start of the new season.

Budnyi returned the struggling Syracuse Silver Knights after signing a contract after the 2012/13 season had begun to add more firepower to their attack.


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