United States goalkeeper Brad Guzan has signaled his intention to stay at Villa Park for the forseeable future.
The 28-year-old put pen to paper on a four-year deal keeping him under Aston Villa control until the summer of 2017.
Arriving in the Premier League in 2008 from Chivas USA, Guzan established himself as the first-choice keeper last year under manager Paul Lambert.
Stuck behind fellow American Brad Friedel when he first arrived, Guzan used a successful loan spell with Hull City in the spring of 2011 to help make his mark.
He remained second-fiddle to Shay Given last season before gazumping the Irishman for the first-team slot, making 39 starts for the Birmingham club last season.
Brad expressed his excitement to the Aston Villa official website, saying, “For me, it’s an honour and a privilege to play for Aston Villa Football Club and to commit my future long-term. I’m overjoyed by it.
“To have this opportunity to commit my future, with the plans and the future being what they are going forward, it’s tremendously exciting and I know that’s not just for me but for everybody, including the fans.”
Lambert gushed about Guzan’s contributions to the club, “Brad has been exceptional for the Club, really fantastic on and off the pitch. He’s always bubbly around the place and a really solid character. He’s a good guy as well which is really important. Overall, he’s a credit to the Club.”
Guzan and Aston Villa begin their 2013/14 season visiting Arsenal at the Emirates.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.