PORTLAND, Ore. – T2 midfielder Villyan Bijev earned USL All-League First-Team honors for the 2016 season, it was announced today.
Bijev, 23, was named to his first USL All-League First Team after leading the league and setting a new team record for assists (10), while ranking first on the team in goals scored (8) during the 2016 regular season. Additionally, Bijev led T2 in games played (29), shots (67), shots on goal (31) and ranked second on the team in minutes played (2,015).
In the final 10 games of the season, the midfielder tallied seven goals and seven assists and led the team to a five-game winning streak to end the season. Bijev was named to the USL Team of the Week four times in 2016, with the midfielder earning Team of the Week honors for Week 20, Week 24, Week 27 and earning USL Player of the Week honors for Week 26.
2016 USL All-League First Team
GK – Mitch Hildebrandt, FC Cincinnati
D – Harrison Delbridge, FC Cincinnati
D – Amer Didic, Swope Park Rangers
D – Aaron Long, New York Red Bulls II
D – Hugh Roberts, Richmond Kickers
M – Danny Barrera, Sacramento Republic FC
M – Villyan Bijev, T2
M – Enzo Martinez, Charlotte Independence
F – Brandon Allen, New York Red Bulls II
F – Jack McBean, LA Galaxy II
F – Sean Okoli, FC Cincinnati
2016 USL All-League Second Team – Goalkeeper: Devala Gorrick, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC – Defenders: Zach Carroll, New York Red Bulls II; Joe Farrell, Rochester Rhinos; Bruno Perone, Wilmington Hammerheads FC; Josh Suggs, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC – Midfielders: Jose Barril, Harrisburg City Islanders; Kenardo Forbes, Rochester Rhinos; Yudai Imura, Richmond Kickers – Forwards: Irvin Herrera, Saint Louis FC; Corey Hertzog, Pittsburgh Riverhounds; Cameron Iwasa, Sacramento Republic FC
The 2016 USL All-League Team was voted on by team management and a league-wide media panel that included representation from every USL market.