Bradley Guzan

Date of Birth: 9 September 1984
Place of Birth: Illninois, USA
Nationality: USA
Position: Goalkeeper
Year Signed: 2008
Signed From: Chivas USA
Fee Paid: £600,000

Brad Guzan started his career at the University of South Carolina, where he spent two seasons. After these two seasons he joined the Chicago Fire Reserve team in the USL Premier Development League, he spent just one year hear before signing a Generation Adidas contract with the MLS.

His first professional club, Chicas USA, drafted him in the second pick in 2005. Brad spent four seasons in total at Chivas, and made 79 appearances in the MLS.

During his time with Chivas, he picked up his first cap for his country against Guatemala in February 2006. In November of that year, Guzan was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.

In January 2008 Villa failed in an attempt to sign Guzan for £2m due to work permit problems. The deal finally went through in the summer of 2008, where Villa paid significantly less at just £600,000. He followed fellow American ‘keeper Brad Friedel to Villa Park that summer.

The American’s debut came in a League Cup at Villa Park against Queens Park Rangers in September 2008. His European debut came in 1-0 win for Villa against Slavia Prague in November 2008. He receieved high praise after the game for a string of top class saves helping Villa pick up uthe victory.

His League debut came as a substitute at Anfield after Brad Friedel was sent off wrongly in February 2009.

Brad played during the clubs Peace Cup campaign, and saved the penalties of Vincenzo Iaquinta and Alessandro Del Piero in the final of the competition meaning Villa lifted the Peace Cup.

His penalty heroics were again shown in a League Cup tie with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. He saved one during normal, and three during a shoot-out. Villa lost in the final of the competition where Friedel replaced Guzan.

Villa allowed Guzan to leave on loan to Hull City in December 2010. On his debut, Nathan Delfouneso (on loan at Leicester) was the man to strike past him to sent Hull to a 1-0 defeat. In total Brad made 16 league appearances for Hull before returning to the Midlands.

Brad was released by Alex McLeish at the end of his contract in June 2012 but was resigned by new manager Paul Lambert on July 16 2012. He went on to give a man of the match performance in his comeback game against Newcastle United which ended 1-1.

Guzan quickly become Aston Villa’s number 1 goalkeeper and at the end of the 2012-13 season he was awarded Aston Villa Player of the Year.

6 July 2013 the American was rewarded for his fine form with a new four year deal.

Since the new deal Guzan has become Villa’s number one keeper.  Only being ousted in league/FA cup matches in favour of Given or young Jed Steer.  He even manged to chalk up an assist to an Andreas Weimann goal in Villa’s 3-2 win over Manchester City in September 2013.

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