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Ismar Tandir scores game-winner, third goal in six games for Sloboda Tuzla

The former RBNY Academy player seems to have settled well in Bosnia.

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Ismar Tandir doesn't turn 22 until August, but he is already on his sixth club since departing the New York Red Bulls Academy at the end of 2012.

A high-volume goal scorer at the Academy, Tandir carried that form to his next club, Sochaux, where he was a frequent scorer for the reserves. Relegation forced Sochaux to restructure its budgets, and Tandir was forced to find a new team. He landed at USL's Sacramento Republic, found playing time hard to come by and ultimately moved on to Breidablik in Iceland. Opportunity was limited there too, but he took an apparent step up to Deportivo Aragon - reserve team of Zaragoza, the club at which David Villa first made his mark on La Liga. That stay was short-lived too, but again the itinerant forward traded up, this time landing a three-year deal with Serbian top-flight team Javor Ivanjica.

But with the Serbian league essentially blacklisted by the global player union, FIFPro, Tandir was on the move again within six months. In January 2017, he joined FK Sloboda Tuzla in the Bosnian top flight - also on a three-year deal. Three months later, he seems to be settling in well: his team has played seven league games since Tandir signed (it was on winter break when he arrived), and he has played in six of them, of which five appearances have been starts. And he has scored three goals.

The latest came in Sloboda Tuzla's most recent game: a 1-0 road win over Radnik Bijejjina on April 8.


FK Radnik B. - FK Sloboda / 0:1 Tandir by clipsbh

The early goal stood up as the match-winner, and both avenged the club's loss to the same opponent in early March and snapped a two-game losing streak. Tuzla is currently fifth in the Bosnian Premier League table, with eight games left to play in its season.

Next up, the team plays Krupa na Vrbasu on April 15.