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USA Keeper Brad Guzan Fee Agreed

Villa have agreed a fee with Chivas for goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

The 24-year-old hinted yesterday that he thought all would be concluded in the next day or so and has now told ESPN:

'It's been absolutely unbelievable. Obviously being able to stay at a club for three-and-a-half years, learning and growing as a player, as a person. I've been very thankful for Chivas USA and everything they've done for me. And obviously the league has made tremendous strides, and hopefully it'll keep going in the right direction.'



According to the Express & Star the fee is in the region of 1million and quote Jorge Vergara, a part-owner of the Chivas confirming:

'He’s leaving for Europe, to England specifically, and we’re very happy and very glad that another Chivas player is going to Europe.'

Villa are also still being linked to another American shot stopper, with fresh reports saying we are after Blackburn Rovers 37-year-old Brad Friedel.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 12 2008

Time: 11:51AM

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Just hope Glensider is a rotten judge of keepers!
Gordonsleftboot
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12/07/2008 12:08:00

So what happened to the work permit issue?
Nimmo
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12/07/2008 12:10:00

To be fair Gordonsleftfoot I think it was Glensiders Brother-in-law who gave the opinion on Guzan. It's been reported on sky that the bid has been accepted.
gappy65
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12/07/2008 12:12:00

wasn't the work permit complication a result of a lack of international caps - i can only assume he's got enough now - he played against england etc.
joerothuk
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12/07/2008 12:16:00

i'm quite pleased with this, mon is getting the most for little cash. 2 million is really small change. Not sure why so many fans want him to an understudy to another keeper. Surely guzan will now have to play 75% of our league games so he can get his visa renewed, however i might be wrong. I think the lad will be our first choice
_aron_
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12/07/2008 12:21:00

He still hasn't signed yet but did he not get MLS player of the year or something like that so he must be uesful.
Pking
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12/07/2008 12:21:00

Apparently he's only got 5 caps. How is that enough? Hope he's as good as Kasey Kellar!!!
AMS78
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12/07/2008 12:22:00

According to sky text it's expected to around 750,000 not the 2-million as before.
gappy65
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12/07/2008 12:31:00

5 caps will be enough is he has featured in 75% of USA's games over a period of time
UTV
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12/07/2008 13:09:00

I hope he has been brought in to develop as a number two (could have used better terminology) and not as the starting keeper!!!!
fatloser
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12/07/2008 15:42:00

I remember motty saying he has been utter poo this season for chivas, however i think he will do a job as no2. Stuart Taylor for no1 , the bloke deserves a chance . How long has he been here ?
jaspervilla
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12/07/2008 19:05:00

I can't see either taylor or guzan as a number 1 keeper, Robinson, Friedel, Given, Cudicini thats where the no'1 shirt will go IMO.
Waldorf
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12/07/2008 19:09:00

Ive seen him play a couple of times in person and plenty of times on the tele, and I can tell you that he is a quality goalkeeper that can only make your team better. He is better than Keller and once he starts getting used to the top level he will be better than Tim Howard at Everton.
gunnerkid107
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13/07/2008 02:20:00

My opinion of him is not as high as yours gunnerkid107, but I am more than happy to be proved wrong. I too have seen him play live when visiting the U.S., four times in fact, but was not impressed. Reportedly though several european club sides were interested in him, so he clearly must have something about him. One thing I will say with a degree of certainty. He is nowhere near ready to be thrown into the premiership deep end, far from it.
glensider
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13/07/2008 13:28:00

Its a minimal fee, so if it doesn't work out, we certainly wont be out of pocket. Be interesting to see the length of contract agreed upon. Now I suppose that its fingers crossed that the work permit application goes through o.k.
glensider
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13/07/2008 13:31:00

he looks to have plenty of potential, and if we also sign Friedel to be the # 1 for a season or two, I would hope that he will develop and learn the premiership by the time we need to take over as # 1.
romanianvillain
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14/07/2008 09:39:00

 

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