BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, February 4, 2011
American forward Eugene Starikov has started his preseason off in fine fashion for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg at the opening game of Marbella Cup by scoring the game winning goal for Zenit in their 2-1 victory over Bulgarian club Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

With the score tied at 1-1 in the 72nd minute, Starikov entered into the game to give the team an offensive boost off the bench.

Three minutes later he scored off a low cross from close range.

The Soviet-Ukrainian born Starikov, 22, was recently in camp with the US national team however he was not selected by US head coach Bob Bradley to dress for the friendly against Chile.

Zenit's next game at the Marbella Cup is on Saturday when they take on Polonia Warszawa.
Monday February 7, 2011 9:03 pm
I assume he didnt play in the Chile friendly was because he is still split in his decision of what country to play for. He was also already in the US when Bradley called him into camp.
Ben C
Monday February 7, 2011 1:40 pm
I do not think it would have cap tied him. But, it would have been nice for him to get a run out, considering it travelled all the way from Russia to be with the team. Nonetheless, I figure the experience gained in camp with the other younger forwards was valuable enough.
Ed C.
Saturday February 5, 2011 11:32 am
if he's playing well for that team, he is a future US striker for the nats! why didn't bobby boy play him vs. chile to tie him up to the USA?? great to see the US team getting so competitive!!

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