Vedad Ibisevic puts PDL in the spotlight again
In a story that has been missed by much of the American soccer press, former USL PDL player and NCAA Soccer star Vedad Ibisevic is two matches away from going to the World Cup with Bosnia. The Hoffenheim attacker was discovered by French club PSG when playing for Chicago Fire Premier of the PDL during the Summer of 2004. Bosnia takes on Portugal in the UEFA WCQ playoffs beginning this Saturday.
The player led the Bundesliga in goals scored last season before an untimely injury which also saw Hoffenheim fall out of title contention.Trevor Hayward who publishes the outstanding World Soccer Reader site directed me to a video from ESPN yesterday in which Ibisevic stated he would have considered playing for the US if he had been approached while still living stateside.
The product of St Louis high schools and a former All American at St Louis University, Ibisevic will be watched intently this weekend by many a US National Team fan wondering, what if? At the very least, Ibisevic is yet another remarkable story coming from the USL’s PDL which is one of the best things going in American soccer.