St. Louis CITY SC’s Vassilev and Blom Called into Respective National Teams Camps
Vassilev will report to the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team, while Blom to South Africa’s senior men’s national squad
Blom joins CITY SC after playing for one of the top clubs in South Africa, Kaizer Chiefs F.C., which was also a former club of Head Coach Bradley Carnell. The Gauteng, South Africa native played in 13 matches across all competitions during the 2022-23 season while also receiving call-ups to the South African national team during the September and November FIFA windows.
Blom earned his first contract with Kaizer Chiefs at 19 years old and played four seasons with the team. The midfielder accrued 94 matches across all competitions and helped lead Kaizer Chiefs to a second-place finish in the South African Premier League during the 2019-20 season, their highest finish since 2014-15.
For country, Blom began at the youth national level for the Under-20 squad. He guided the U-20 team to a third-place finish in the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in 2019, where he played in four of the five matches. Blom then played in all three matches with the U-20 team in the 2019 U-20 World Cup. Following a successful run with the U-20, he earned his first call up with the senior national team on June 10, 2021 in an international friendly against Uganda. Since then, Blom has tallied five call ups, including his participation in the World Cup Qualifiers where he recorded his first cap for the national team against Ghana on September 6, 2021.