Pasadena's Yura Movsisyan made his biggest impact to date with FC Krasnodar, scoring in the first minute of the second half to send the Byki (Bulls) to a 3-1 victory at Rostov and halting a seven-game Russian Premier League winless streak.
Movsisyan's goal, his second since joining the club in January, provided a 2-0 lead and momentum heading into the final 45 minutes, and Krasnodar manager Slavoljub Muslin singled him out after Friday's victory.
“Yura Movsisyan was the best player in the game,” the Serbian coach told reporters. “It was due to him that the Krasnodar team could change the course of the match.”
The tall striker's abilities, which have taken him from Pasadena City College to Major League Soccer to the Danish top division and to Russia -- and to Armenia national team -- are drawing attention from a Russian powerhouse.
Zenit St. Petersburg, the reigning champion in the RPL and both major Russian cups and victors in the 2008 UEFA Cup (the Europa League's predecessor), is looking to bring Movsisyan in during the summer transfer window, Armenian website ArmSport.am reports.
Krasnodar (3-4-5) has two games this week, Tuesday against Volga Nizhny (4-6-1) and Saturday at archrival Kuban Krasnodar (6-3-3), which is third in the RPL, one point behind CSKA Moscow and Anzhi Makhachkala.
AREA PLAYERS IN EUROPE
F YURA MOVSISYAN (Pasadena/Pasadena City College)
Club: FC Krasnodar (Russia, Russian Premier League)
Last week: 90 minutes up top, with a goal in the 46th minute, as the Bulls (3-4-5) jumped from 12th to ninth with a 3-1 win Friday at Rostov
Season: 7 league games (2 start) with 2 goals, 8 games (2 start) with 2 goals in all competitions
Next: Tuesday vs. 11th-place Volga Nizhny (4-6-1), Saturday at third-place Kuban Krasnodar (6-3-3)