The 22 year-old Zenit St. Petersburg forward took a little while to break into the first team at Tom Tomsk of the Russian Premier League last season, but he became a fixture by year’s end, starting the team’s final five matches.
In total, Starikov made nine appearances for Tom Tomsk, scoring one goal.
Starikov was born in Odessa, Ukraine and grew up in Huntington Beach, California. His performances in two seasons at Stetson University in Florida earned him a contract with Russian giants Zenit before the 2009 season.
His emergence at Tom Tomsk last season earned the young striker a call-up to Bob Bradley’s U.S. national team camp this January. Despite the call-up, Starikov is still looking for his first career cap, as he was left out of the gameday roster for the January friendly versus Chile.
FC Tom Tomsk will kick off their season on March 14.
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USA Forward Eugene Starikov Will Spend Another Season On Loan At FC Tom Tomsk