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- DOB September 9, 1984
- Age 29
- Place of birth Evergreen Park, Illinois
- POSITION Goalkeeper
- HEIGHT 6'4"
- WEIGHT 210
- U.S. CAPS 23
- CLUB Aston Villa
- TWITTER @bguzan (76K followers)
- Current ASN 100 Rank 9
- Previous ASN 100 Rank 12
- Youth Experience U-23
Ever since Tony Meola retired, the U.S. national team really hasn’t had to worry about who was in goal. It was Kasey Keller. Then it was Brad Friedel. Then it was Kasey Keller again. And now it’s Tim Howard. But who’s next? It was supposed to be Brad Guzan, and it was going to be Brad Guzan for a while, but it doesn’t seem like a certainty anymore.
Guzan came to MLS as the number-two pick in the 2005 draft after spending a year at the University of South Carolina. He quickly established himself as one of the best goalies in the league and earned his first U.S. cap in early 2006. After four seasons with Chivas USA, Guzan was sold to Aston Villa and the Next Great American Keeper was on his way. Except, since then, not so much.
Guzan was initially the backup to Brad Friedel, which was fine, because it’s Brad Friedel. Guzan would take over whenever Friedel’s Villa days were done. But then Martin O’Neil stepped down, Friedel left, and Shay Given came in and took the starting spot over Guzan. Guzan went on loan to Hull City and saw some time in England’s second tier, but now he’s back at Villa after re-signing this summer. Once again, Given is the starter and Guzan is the backup—although there's some chance that will change. Since moving to England in 2008, Guzan has made 24 total professional appearances (as of August 2012).
By no means is he a lost cause, though. After all, Guzan, 27, is still relatively young by goalkeeping standards. “At the top level you may only get one chance, and when you get that chance you have to take it,” Guzan said before re-signing with Villa. “Fortunately for me, I think I was able to and now hopefully I’m able to reap the benefits in terms of going somewhere and getting a starting spot.” Guzan has performed when he’s been given the chance because, well, he is a good goalkeeper. (It helps that he is 6-foot-4, as athletic as anyone, a penalty wizard, and made of cement.)
How good Guzan eventually becomes really just depends on how many matches he can get.—RYAN O'HANLON
Klinsmann on Guzan:
“I think he’s come in here with an amazing attitude. He’s very hungry. He wants to be part of this program, he wants to be part of that team. He wants to go to Brazil in 2014 and that’s what he’s working on every second of the day.” (May 2012)
Noteworthy ReadsBrad Guzan Ready for True Opportunity (FoxSoccer.com)
Brad Guzan Is Playing the Waiting Game (ESPN.com)