- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 11, 2008
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- Aston Villa, Brad Guzan, Summer Transfers
I just got word and then saw some more confirmation from Luis Bueno over at Sideline Views that Brad Guzan is indeed leaving Chivas USA to head to EPL side Aston Villa. A source confirmed that Guzan is on his way to Aston Villa in a deal that has been finalized and will see Guzan go to England effective immediately.
Update: More confirmation, Ives is reporting that the transfer fee is $1.5 million and that Villa and Major League Soccer agreed to the fee and completed the transfer today.
We all pretty much saw this coming. Guzan was extremely close to going to Aston Villa in January but the deal fell apart at the last minute when he couldn’t secure a work permit.
The league and Guzan really had only a couple options as his contract (which is owned by the league) was set to expire at the end of the year; re-sign with the league, go to Europe during the summer transfer window or leave on a free transfer in the winter. Obviously the league isn’t dump enough to just let him walk out on a free transfer so the second option was really all they could do with his desire to head abroad.
For Chivas USA, the move is a big blow. With Guzan they had a chance to return to the playoffs for the third straight season. Even with the inconsistent play this season due to injuries, Chivas was starting to make their way back up the western standings. Now, without Guzan the Goats have now number-o-uno keeper Dan Kennedy. While Kennedy isn’t terrible he is no Guzan.
There may be a reinforcement coming but Kennedy has been around long enough (since the start of the preseason) to have learned both from Guzan and the coaching staff. Also, its not shocker to Chivas who may be in the market for another keeper and will have the cash to pay for one if they decide to go for a decent name out there.
Tough blow for the league and Chivas but again I wish Guzan the best.
There may be a reinforcement coming but Kennedy has been around long enough (since the start of the preseason) to have learned both from Guzan and the coaching staff.