- DOB September 9, 1984
- Age 31
- Place of birth Evergreen Park, Illinois
- POSITION Goalkeeper
- HEIGHT 6'4"
- WEIGHT 210
- U.S. CAPS 41
- CLUB Aston Villa
- TWITTER @bguzan (236K followers)
- Current ASN 100 Rank 17
- Previous ASN 100 Rank 7
- Youth Experience U-23
After becoming a starting goalkeeper in MLS in 2005—at age 20—Guzan seemed like he was on the fast-track to stardom. The former University of South Carolina backstop debuted for the U.S. in 2006, won MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2007, and transferred to Aston Villa in England’s Premier League in 2008.
And there he sat and waited. And waited. With Villa he was buried, first behind fellow Yank Brad Friedel then Irish international Shay Given. During his first four seasons Guzan only played in eight Premiership games, though he did get games in cup and European games as well as a half-season loan to second-tier Hull City.
Guzan finally broke into Villa's starting lineup at the start of the 2012-13 season, and he drew rave reviews. Just as important, he earned a lucrative contract extension from the Villans following the 2013 season that saw him start all 38 EPL games.
With the U.S. national team, Guzan has again had to bide his time behind Tim Howard. He was the understudy on both the 2010 and 2014 World Cup teams but didn’t see the pitch in either South Africa or Brazil. His most memorable matches have been filling in during World Cup qualifying, most notably a shutout against Costa Rica in the infamous “Snow Bowl” in Colorado.
With Howard pushing 40 and taking a break from international duty, Guzan enters the 2018 World Cup cycle as—finally—the clear-cut No. 1 in the U.S. net. He's also approaching the prime age for goalkeepers, showing that patience has, indeed, paid off. –BROOKE TUNSTALL