After already proving an assist earlier in the match, Bijev bagged Sacramento’s fourth and final goal on the night with a stunning left-footed curling attempt that the former Liverpool FC playmaker nestled inside the top left corner of the net. The goal set up superbly after Rodrigo Lopez picked him out to his left and the Bulgarian-born winger weaved his way towards the top of the box and rifled an impeccably placed shot on target and in an unstoppable place for the goalkeeper to get a hand on it.
Villyan Bijev also set up his sides' first goal on Saturday, assisting Dariusz Formella's opening strike.
The strike was Bijev’s fourth this season and 13 during league play with the Indomitable Club – 16th goal with SRFC across all competitions. This is Bijev’s second Goal of the Week nomination this season after already having won the weekly honor for Week 12 after scoring the game-winning goal against Orange County SC on September 9 while playing with only 10-men.
Next up for Bijev and the boys in Old Glory Red is an opening round playoff match against Phoenix Rising FC in Arizona this Saturday. Kickoff for the Western Conference Quarterfinal match is set for 7:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast locally on KQCA My58 and Estrella TV Sacramento, as well as streamed on ESPN+.
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