U.S. Soccer
Eric Lichaj
Men's National Team

Eric Lichaj

Defender Caps/Goals - 13/1
  • Date of Birth

  • Height / Weight

    5-11 / 175

  • Hometown

    Downers Grove, Ill.

  • Club

    Nottingham Forest (England)

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

2011: Was a member of the U.S. roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, playing the full 90 minutes in the last four games of the competition … 2010: Debuted on Oct. 12 against Colombia, playing the final 45 minutes … Got his first start and went 90 minutes in the 1-0 win on Nov. 17 against South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge, which he described as the best moment of his young career … Under-20s: Named to the roster for 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada but missed out due to injury … Appeared in two international matches in 2006 … Under-17s – 2005: Second on the team in appearances and starts, beginning all 14 of the matches he’s played this year … Started and played all 90 minutes to help the U.S. obtain their first shutout of the year in a 4-0 victory over Haiti on April 3 … Recorded one assist … 2004: Third on the team in appearances with 41 and second on the team with 40 starts … Snagged one assist … Led the team in international appearances with 20, starting 19 … 2003: Joined U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program in September … One of the most consistent players with the U-17s, had more than 70 caps during his time in Residency … Started 13 out of the 16 appearances he made … Played and started both of the team’s international matches on the year against Brazil and Argentina, playing a total of 135 minutes … Notched one assist … First Appearance: Oct. 12, 2010, vs. Colombia … First Goal: None
2011: Returned to Aston Villa and played the full 90 minutes in the Carling Cup win against Hereford on Aug. 24, scoring the game-winning goal … Suffered a hip socket tear shortly afterward and did not feature in any other games in 2011 … 2010-11: Went on loan to Leeds United in February for the rest of the season … Made his EPL debut on Dec. 11 against West Brom … Started the next two league matches, on Dec. 26 against Tottenham and Dec. 28 against Manchester City … Made his competitive debut for Villa on Aug. 19 in a 1–1 draw in a Europa League qualifying match away to Rapid Vienna … Signed a contract extension in the summer through 2013 … 2009-10: Played six matches on loan to League Two side Lincoln City, getting six starts … Finished 2009-10 season on loan to Leyton Orient in the English League One, making nine appearances … Scored on April 17 in 2-0 against Stockport County … 2007-08: Signed with Aston Villa, spending his first two years in the reserves.