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Brad Guzan

Men's National Team
  • PositionGoalkeeper
  • Date of BirthSeptember 9, 1984
  • Height6-4
  • Weight210
  • ClubAston Villa (England)
  • World CupRecord:0-0-0
  • CareerCaps:27
Did you know

Guzan and Michael Bradley played on rival club teams when the two were playing youth soccer in Chicago


Included on the 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Picked up his first full cap with the national team against Guatemala on Feb. 19, 2006, after his rookie season with Chivas USA
In 2007, Guzan was named to both the Gold Cup roster and the Copa America roster for the two summer competitions. He didn’t make an appearance at the Gold Cup, which the USMNT won He played against Colombia on July 5, a 1-0 loss in the USMNT’s final group game at Copa America. That was just his second cap with the national team
He picked up his first shutout on Jan. 19, 2008, playing 90 minutes in a 1-0 win over Sweden
Later that year, Guzan made his World Cup qualifying debut, playing back-to-back games against Barbados in June. Made a total of seven appearances that year, four of which were in qualifying
Guzan featured for the USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing
Also made the roster for the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa, where he started the third and final group game against Egypt, a 3-0 win. Added four caps to his total that year
The No. 2 goalkeeper for the national team at the 2010 World Cup, Guzan didn’t make an appearance in South Africa. Wore the captain’s armband on Nov. 17, 2010, in a friendly against South Africa in Cape Town
As he struggled for playing time at his club, Guzan didn’t make a single appearance for the national team in 2011,[MK1]  . Earned call-ups for friendlies, though never saw the field
It was the same story for Guzan in 2012 – part of several rosters for friendlies, but continued as the backup for Tim Howard
Made his return to the starting lineup on March 22, 2013, in a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win against Costa Rica in Colorado. He also started and played the full 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw at the Azteca against Mexico, earning Budweiser Man of the Match honors
Guzan has five shutouts in eight career World Cup Qualifying appearancesPlayed in just two other games that year, 45 minutes in a 4-2 friendly loss against Belgium and 90 minutes in the 3-2 win over Panama in World Cup qualifying on Oct. 15

Youth National Teams

During the latter stages of high school, Guzan trained with the U.S. U-18 MNT, though official competitions don’t really exist for that squad (ie World Cups)
Selected as an overage player for the U.S. Olympic team roster in 2008, Guzan started every game at the competition as the U.S. exited after the three group games


After playing two seasons of college soccer at South Carolina, Guzan signed a Generation adidas deal with Major League Soccer. He was selected with the second overall pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft by Chivas USA, the club’s expansion year. He played 24 games in goal for Chivas that year, though the expansion team struggled badly
Bob Bradley became head coach ahead of the 2006 season, and while Guzan battled through injuries for stretches of the season[MK2] , he eventually become the starting goalkeeper that year
He made 13 appearances in the regular season, helping Chivas USA make the playoffs, where he started the two postseason games they competed in
His breakout season in MLS was the 2007 campaign, as he made 27 starts, recorded 13 shutouts, made a pair of playoff starts, and was named the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year
The next year, Guzan made his move. After 15 starts for the Goats, he transferred to Aston Villa, joining up with the club after his Olympic experience
His debut for Villa during the 2008-09 season came in the League Cup. In all, he made a total of just eight appearances for the club that season, five in the UEFA Cup and the rest in league and FA Cup action
Behind fellow American goalkeeper Brad Friedel on the depth chart, playing time continued to be hard to come by for Guzan in the 2009-10 campaign – though he made ten overall appearances, five in the League Cup. Aston Villa made the League Cup final that year, but Guzan was back on the bench for the final against Manchester United
One of his best performances early on in his Aston Villa career came in the League Cup against Sunderland in 2009. He stopped four penalties, one in regular time, and made a couple of other big stops to help Villa advance 
In search of playing time, Guzan went on loan to Championship side Hull City at the end of 2010. He ended up spending two months on loan with the Tigers, and rejoined the club on an emergency loan in March 2011. In all, he played 16 matches for Hull City
For a few years, Guzan was playing the waiting game, holding on for an opportunity or chance to come his way 
Injury finally opened the door for Guzan in the 2011-12 season. After Brad Friedel’s departure from the club that summer, Shay Given was the No. 1 goalkeeper at Aston Villa. But when an injury sidelined the Irish international, Guzan stepped into the starting role and excelled for the club, taking one step closer to the starting role 
Also that summer, it was reported that Guzan was released by the club, though he ended up agreeing to a new deal shortly after that announcement
The 2012-13 season was Guzan’s first as the team’s No. 1 starter. He featured in 36 of 38 league matches, and was named Player of the Year by both his teammates and supporters 
Things continued to pay off for Guzan in the 2013-14 season. While things were up-and-down for Aston Villa, his patience has finally paid off


First started playing soccer when he was three or four years old; his uncle was the director of the local AYSO which got him interested in the game
Grew up playing soccer for local power Chicago Magic
Played high school soccer at Providence Catholic High School
His senior season at Providence, he didn’t play goalkeeper – but sweeper, and he scored 23 goals and had 11 assists 
Would play as a holding mid for his club team, but would train with the goalkeepers on the side because of his love for the position
Spent two seasons (2003-04) at the University of South Carolina, where he was a standout and team captain for the Gamecocks
His freshman year was his first in goal
Played in a total of 38 games, making 173 saves and 13 shutouts across both seasons
After the 2004 season he was named a Second Team All-American by the NSCAA

Honors earned

2007 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year
2007 MLS Best XI
2012-13 Aston Villa Players + Supporters’ Player of the Year

Career Club History Map

Did you know

Guzan married his wife, Breanne, in Chicago in the summer of 2011. She volunteers as a nurse at the local children’s hospital in the Birmingham region

Fun Facts

Brad Guzan is a man of many interests, talents and accomplishments, including the following:

-Lists U2 as one of his favorite bands
-A fan of Chicago sports, Guzan threw out the first pitch at a White Sox game in 2008
-Growing up, he watched Champions League matches and was a fan of Oliver Kahn and the way he played in goal
-When he transferred from Chivas USA to Aston Villa, the MLS club compiled this tribute video of his early pro days
-Giving back to the community is important to Guzan, who is involved with the club’s philanthropic work off the field, including support of Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital
-Returned to Chicago with Aston Villa and played 21 minutes in a friendly against the Fire in July 2012
-Guzan is a devout Catholic
-As part of the club’s heritage area, Aston Villa cast Guzan’s hands and will have imprints on display for stadium visitors

Did you know

Brad Guzan's nickname on the MNT is 'Polar Bear'

National Teams

CAREER STATS     GP/GS            MIN         GF            GA             SO              GAA              Y                R             W-L-T

2006                         1/1                79            4              0               0               0.00             0               0              1-0-0
2007                         3/1              180            1               1               0               0.50             0               0              1-1-0 
2008                        7/5              540          14              4               4               0.67              0               0              4-2-0 
2009                        4/4              360           6              6                1               1.50              0               0              1-2-1

2010                         4/3              315            3              4               2               1.14               0               0              1-1-1
2012                         1/0                20            0              0               0               0.00             0               0              0-0-0 
2013                         4/3              315            5              5               2               1.43              0               0              2-1-1 
2014                         3/2               180            3               2               1               1.00              0               0              2-0-1
8-Year Totals      27/19          1,989          36            22             10              1.00              0               0             12-7-4

Guzan has exemplified the long lineage of quality U.S. goalkeepers, demonstrating an ability to rise to the occasion in big matches. The Chicago-area native stepped up in 2013 for the MNT when he filled in for an injured Tim Howard and posted back-to-back shutouts during FIFA World Cup Qualifying. Guzan went abroad in 2008 when he transferred to the Premier League’s Aston Villa, where he was voted the 2012-13 Aston Villa Player of the Year by both the players and Aston Villa supporters.

-Has suited up for the U.S. three times and started two games in 2014, remaining perfect in 2014 with a 2-0-1 record.

-Included on the 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

-In 2013, earned back-to-back clean sheets in FIFA World Cup Qualifying – a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica on March 22 in the Snow Clasico, followed by a 0-0 draw on March 26 against Mexico at Estadio Azteca

-Was named Aston Villa Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season

-Served as backup at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

-Wore the captain’s armband and presided over the USA’s 1-0 victory against South Africa in the 2010 Nelson Mandela Challenge

-Recorded a shutout in the 3-0 victory against Egypt that helped provide the U.S. the margin needed to advance to the semifinals of the 2009 Confederations Cup

-Posted three shutouts at the 3-1-1 record in 2010 World Cup qualifying

-Saved four penalties in one match on Oct. 27, 2009, for Aston Villa, one in regulation time and three more in a penalty shoot-out win against Sunderland in the Round of 16 of the League Cup

-The 2007 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and also a member of the year’s MLS Best XI, he was in the net for the majority of Chivas USA’s Western Conference championship season

2014: Has suited up for the U.S. three times and started two games, remaining perfect in 2014 with a 2-0-1 record ... Included on the 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... played the second half of a 2-1 victory over June 1 ... 2013: Made four appearances and posted a 2-1-1 record and two clean sheets … Earned a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica in the infamous Snow Clasico World Cup qualifier on March 22 in Commerce City, Colo. … Was named Budweiser Man of the Match for his three-save performance as the USA earned a scoreless draw against Mexico on March 26 in World Cup qualifying at Estadio Azteca …2012: Called into camp by Jurgen Klinsmann in February … Appeared in goal to preserve a 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26 … 2010: Served as Tim Howard’s deputy at the 2010 FIFA World Cup … He made the most of his three appearances, twice earning Man of the Match honors … The first came in his impressive 45 minutes in the 2-0 loss to Brazil on Aug. 10 … Guzan wore the captain’s armband for the first time and led a young U.S. squad to a 1-0 victory against South Africa on Nov. 17 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge … 2009: Made four starts … Played in the USA’s 2-2 draw in qualifying on March 28 in El Salvador … Faced nine shots in posting the shutout that earned the U.S. a 3-0 victory against Egypt on June 21 in Rustenburg and second place in Group B of the Confederations Cup … Started the USA’s final two matches of the year, the friendlies in Slovakia and Denmark … 2008: Featured in seven games, a career best … Started five games, with his substitute appearances coming against England at Wembley Stadium and Spain in Santander … Featured heavily in World Cup qualifying, posting clean sheets in both matches of the second round against Barbados as well as the final semifinal round group match, a 2-0 win against Guatemala on Nov. 19 in Commerce City, Colo. … Also started in the USA’s 2-1 loss in Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15 in Port of Spain ... 2007: Played the second half of both the USA’s 1-0 victories against Switzerland and South Africa in the fall … A member of the team which competed in the 2007 Copa America tournament … Made one appearance in Venezuela, starting the final group stage game against Colombia … Provided one of the highlights of the tournament when he saved a penalty kick during that game … Also a member of the 2007 Gold Cup winning team, though he didn’t make any appearances in the competition … 2006: Made his first appearance for the United States in goal during a friendly against Guatemala in February … Became the youngest to start in goal on his national team debut since Brad Friedel 14 years earlier … Earned a shutout en route to a 4-0 U.S. victory … Under-23s: Featured in all three games during the 2008 Olympics as an overage player, turning in a memorable effort against Nigeria and keeping a clean sheet in the opening match against Japan … First Appearance: Feb. 19, 2006, vs. Guatemala … First Shutout: June 15, 2008, vs. Barbados.

2013: Was named the 2012-13 Aston Villa Player of the Year by both the players and team supporters … In July, signed a four-year contract extension with Aston Villa … Assisted the game-winning goal and made five saves during Aston Villa’s 3-2 victory against Manchester City on Sept. 28 … 2012: Notched a clean sheet and made five saves in Aston Villa’s first win of the season in the form of a 2-0 win against Swansea City on Sept. 15 … Picked up six saves and another clean sheet in a scoreless draw against Arsenal on Nov. 24 … 2011: Made 16 appearances while on loan to Hull City, helping the squad to finish in the middle of the table at 11th place … Guzan’s first match in goal for Hull City resulted in a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City on Jan. 1, but Guzan helped his new club to a nine-match unbeaten streak with the American in goal … Overall, Hull City posted a record of 7-4-5 in Guzan’s 16 appearances … 2010: Continued to serve as Brad Friedel’s deputy in league play … Started both of Villa’s matches against Rapid Vienna in Europa League qualifying on Aug. 19 and Aug. 26 … Started in the 3-1 victory against Blackburn on Sept. 22 in the third round of the Carling Cup … 2009-10: Finished the 2009-10 campaign with 10 appearances and a 1.20 goals against average in Cup competitions and Europa League action … Went the distance in both Europa League matches against Rapid Vienna, posting a 1-0 loss away and a 2-1 win in the return leg at Villa Park … Helped Villa to the Carling Cup final by posting a 1-0 shutout victory on Jan. 14 in the first leg of the semifinal and getting the win a wild 6-4 victory six days later ... Played in three other Carling Cup fixtures, collecting three victories and two shutouts, including a 4-2 win against Portsmouth on Nov. 30 in the quarterfinal … Saved four penalties in one match, one in normal time and three more in a penalty shootout win against Sunderland on Oct. 27 at the Stadium of Light in the fourth round of the Carling Cup  … Led the team to the title in the 2009 Peace Cup, with victories against Atlante, Porto and in the final against Juventus … 2008-09: Moved to Aston Villa prior to the start of the season … Finished the season with eight appearances, including five in the UEFA Cup … His lone appearance in the EPL came when he entered in the 63rd minute of a 5-0 loss on March 27 at Liverpool, surrendering one goal … Backed up Brad Friedel for Premier League games and featured on the substitutes’ bench for the majority of Aston Villa games in the second half of the year … 2008: Featured in 15 matches with Chivas USA before signing for Aston Villa on July 11 for a fee of around $1.2 million ... 2007: Named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year after sporting a league best 0.93 GAA over the course of the season … Made 27 appearances for Chivas, anchoring a backline that was the stingiest in the league … Helped the Los Angeles club to its first ever Western Conference Championship … 2006: In his second year minding the nets for Chivas, he struggled with injury and was scratched from the starting lineup for much of the season … Eventually, he regained his starting spot and went on to make 13 appearances for Chivas USA … Under Bob Bradley, he started for Chivas in both of the team’s Western Conference playoff games, marking the first time in history the franchise had competed in the MLS postseason … 2005: As a 20-year-old, he became Chivas’ first ever draft pick and the highest goalkeeper ever selected in the MLS Superdraft at the time … Went on to feature in 24 games for Chivas.

Represented the U.S. as captain when the team met with former South Africa President Nelson Mandela in 2010 after the Mandela Challenge Cup … Lists his idols in soccer as Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller … His favorite band is U2 … Threw out the first pitch for a Chicago White Sox game in 2008 ... Played club ball for the Chicago Magic, now a member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

Played two years at South Carolina, captaining the team in his sophomore season and earning All-American honors … Was a starter as a freshman, and featured in every single match posting a 0.96 GAA … In high school he was a four-year letter winner at Providence Catholic (Ill.).