Sturdy and solid in one-on-one defending, Lichaj is returning to the international scene after representing the United States at the youth levels. A former member of the U-17 Residency Program, he left the University of North Carolina after one season to pursue a professional career at Aston Villa. After loan spells in lower division football, he finally got a crack at the first team in 2010, but a hip injury has kept him from enjoying regular playing time in 2011.
- Played 90 minutes in four of the U.S.’s six games in the CONCACAF Gold Cup
- Got his first start and went 90 minutes in the 1-0 win on Nov. 17, 2010, against South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge
- A former member of the U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, he helped the U.S. qualify for the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup
- After one year of collegiate soccer at North Carolina, he signed with Aston Villa in 2006