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Brad Guzan

Bradley Edwin "Brad" Guzan (born September 9, 1984) is an American association football player who plays as a Goalkeeper (association football) for England club Aston Villa F.C. in the Premier League and for the United States men's national soccer team.

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Brad Guzan biography

Bradley Edwin "Brad" Guzan (born September 9, 1984) is an American association football player who plays as a Goalkeeper (association football) for England club Aston Villa F.C. in the Premier League and for the United States men's national soccer team.

Club career

Early career

Born in Evergreen Park, Illinois, Illinois, Guzan, who is of Polish-American ancestry, played Brad Guzan youth soccer at the Chicago Magic Soccer Club, and for the varsity soccer team at Providence Catholic High School in Illinois, from which Brad Guzan graduated in 2003. Brad Guzan went on to play two seasons in college soccer competition as a member of the South Carolina Gamecocks men's soccer team, where Brad Guzan was a second-team All-American in Brad Guzan sophomore season.

Guzan had an impressive freshman campaign with the Gamecocks, starting all eighteen matches in Brad Guzan first season at South Carolina. Brad Guzan finished the year with a 0.96 goals against average that was aided by eight shutouts; tied for the sixth-most in a season in school history. Brad Guzan was named to College Soccer News' All-Freshman team and was one of just two freshmen named to the NSCAA All-South team. Brad Guzan recorded 69 saves on the year, finishing with a 9–7–2 record.

After spending two years with the Chicago Fire Reserves in the USL Premier Development League Brad Guzan chose to forgo the rest of Brad Guzan college years, signing a Generation Adidas contract with Major League Soccer (MLS). C.D. Chivas USA drafted Guzan with the second overall pick of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft.

Guzan has played for the Under-18 United States men's national soccer team. Brad Guzan got Brad Guzan first cap for the senior national team on February 19, 2006, against Guatemala national football team. On November 7, 2007, Guzan was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.

Aston Villa

On July 11, 2008, Aston Villa F.C. agreed a transfer fee in the region of £600,000, or $1.2 million, with MLS and Chivas USA to sign Guzan, significantly less than the £2 million agreed to in Aston Villa's failed move for the keeper in January 2008. This was because Guzan would have been out of Brad Guzan contract at the end of the 2008 Major League Soccer season in November, allowing Brad Guzan to sign for Aston Villa during the January transfer window on a free transfer.

On August 1, 2008, Guzan was granted a Work permit (United Kingdom) by the Home Office, allowing Brad Guzan to complete Brad Guzan move to Aston Villa. Brad Guzan was due to be officially introduced by Aston Villa after competing for the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Guzan was the second American goalkeeper called Brad to be signed during the summer by Villa, following the capture of Premier League veteran Brad Friedel.

Guzan made Brad Guzan Villa debut in September 2008, in the Football League Cup, at home to Queens Park Rangers F.C..

Brad Guzan made Brad Guzan European debut in the UEFA Cup game away at Slavia Prague on November 6, 2008. The match finished 1–0 to Aston Villa with Guzan making several saves to keep a clean sheet. Brad Guzan performance led to Brad Guzan manager, Martin O'Neill, describing Brad Guzan as a "class goalkeeper in the making." Brad Guzan also started in Villa's first leg against CSKA Moscow in round 32 of the UEFA Cup at Villa Park on February 18, 2009, and came on as a substitute against Liverpool after Brad Friedel's red card.

Guzan played in every game that Villa won during their success in the 2009 Peace Cup, against Atlante F.C., FC Porto and Juventus F.C.. Brad Guzan helped Villa overcome the Italians in the 2009 Peace Cup Final, notably in the penalty shootout where Brad Guzan saved the attempts of Vincenzo Iaquinta and Alessandro Del Piero. The only game that Villa did not win (in the 2009 Peace Cup Group C against Málaga CF) was the one in which Guzan did not feature.
Despite having a successful pre-season period, Guzan was dropped from the first team in favour of compatriot and Premier League veteran Brad Friedel for Villa's opening game of the 2009–10 season, against Wigan Athletic.

On October 27, 2009, Guzan saved four penalties in one match, one in normal time and three more in a penalty shoot-out win over Sunderland A.F.C. at the Stadium of Light in the last 16 of the League Cup. Despite these heroics, Brad Friedel replaced Brad Guzan in goal for the final against Manchester United. On 3 December 2011, Guzan made Brad Guzan second Premier League appearance for Villa coming on for the injured Shay Given against Manchester United. Given had been ruled out for a month with a torn hamstring so Guzan is expected to retain Brad Guzan place in the first team, giving Brad Guzan an extended run in Aston Villa's first team.

Hull City (loan)

On December 31, 2010 Guzan was loaned to Football League Championship side Hull City A.F.C. on a one-month loan deal. Brad Guzan made Brad Guzan debut for Hull on New Year's Day 2011, a 1–0 loss to Leicester City F.C.. Brad Guzan second appearance for the club ended on a higher note, as Brad Guzan team went on to win 3–2 at Portsmouth F.C.. Brad Guzan kept Brad Guzan first clean sheet for the club against Barnsley F.C. in a 2–0 win for Hull.
On January 25, 2011, Brad Guzan extended Brad Guzan loan until the end of February. Brad Guzan made a total of 11 league appearances for Hull, before returning to Aston Villa on 28 February.

However, on 8 March Hull re-signed Guzan on an emergency loan due to an injury to their other goalkeeper Vito Mannone. Brad Guzan first appearance back at the club was in a home match against Burnley F.C.. Guzan's last game for Hull City came in a 2–1 win away at Watford F.C. on April 9, 2011, after which Brad Guzan returned to Aston Villa.

International career

Since 2006, Guzan has established himself as the second-choice goalkeeper for the United States national team behind Tim Howard. Brad Guzan made Brad Guzan World Cup qualifying debut in the second leg of a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Second Round qualifier against Barbados national football team (with the US up 8–0 and having all but secured advancement). Brad Guzan later started in two 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Third Round matches after the U.S. had secured advancement to the final round—a 2–1 loss at Trinidad and Tobago national football team and a 2–0 win over Guatemala national football team. When Howard was suspended for a match at El Salvador national football team due to accumulated yellow cards, Guzan started and helped earn a critical 2–2 draw. Guzan also started the USA's 3–0 win over Egypt national football team in the 2009 Confederations Cup. On May 11, 2010, Guzan was named to the U.S. national team's provisional 30-man World Cup roster.


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