Aston Villa Sign American Brad Guzan

Joe GSenior Writer IJuly 12, 2008

EPL side Aston Villa have reportedly agreed to terms with Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan, according the The Guardian.

Villa had tried to sign Guzan during the January transfer window, but ran into problems obtaining a work permit for Guzan. The Chivas keeper had not appeared in enough matches for the U.S. National Team to obtain a work permit, but has since appeared in five of the last eight matches. Villa are hoping that this will be enough to obtain a work permit.

Those who watched the Thursday night match between Chivas and the LA Galaxy might recall that Guzan's transfer was discussed by the commentators a great deal.

If he is able to obtain a work permit, the most recent Superclasico will likely be his last game in a Chivas uniform.

According to ESPN's Soccernet, Chivas will be giving up Guzan for about $1.5 million, which is $2.5 million less than the two sides originally agreed upon in January. This is because Guzan's contract with MLS is up in January, and would have been able to leave for free. Villa did not want to pay an unnecessarily high amount and MLS did not want to let him go for nothing.

Guzan was the 2007 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, with a .93 goals against average and 13 shutouts.

American goalkeepers have been very successful in the EPL. Tim Howard suited up for Manchester United before transferring to Everton and helping them gain a fifth place finish in the EPL.

Brad Friedel has been a fixture at Blackburn Rovers since 2000, making 287 appearances for the club. Kasey Keller has spent time with Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Moenchengladbach before helping Fulham avoid relegation this past season.

Marcus Hahnemann has made 244 appearances for Reading while being named goalkeeper in the 2006 Championship Team of the Year.

Guzan becomes the second high-profile player to leave MLS this summer for Europe, after Jozy Altidore was signed by Villarreal.

Guardian article

Soccernet article