Indiana Vassilev, a 19-year-old Savannah, Ga., native, signed a two-year contract extension Monday with Aston Villa of the English Premier League.

The new deal ties the forward to the Birmingham, England, team through June 2022.

Vassilev, who regularly plays for Aston Villa's under-23 team, has seen action with the first team this season. He debuted against Fulham in the FA Cup in January, played in the Carabao Cup against Leicester City, then got in Premier League games against Brighton and Hove Albion and against Watford.

Aston Villa announced the contract extension on Twitter, with Vassilev saying in a video, "It was really a no-brainer. This past year, they have supported me a lot. ... Since I have broken into the first team, I have received a lot of support from everyone, staff and players included.

"I'm really, really happy to have signed for another two years. Just keep on working hard and hopefully the future will hold great things."

Vassilev was a product of the U.S. youth national team system, having played for the country at the under-17, under-18 and under-20 levels. He attended the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Because he has yet to appear for the full U.S. men's national team in a competitive game (or even a friendly), he remains eligible to represent Bulgaria, where his parents were born. However, he politely declined a chance to join Bulgaria's youth national team, Bulgaria men's national team manager Georgi Dermendzhiev said in January.

Regarding his unusual first name, Vassilev told Aston Villa's TV channel in February, "I was named after Indiana Jones. My mom and dad came from Bulgaria, so they didn't really know which states were in the U.S. ...

"I've seen all the films, (my parents) were huge fans."

--Field Level Media

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