On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2015 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year. This year's nominees include midfielder Michael Bradley, forward Clint Dempsey, goalkeeper Brad Guzan, and defenders Fabian Johnson and DeAndre Yedlin. This week, ussoccer.com will make a case to the voting committee for each of the candidates. Today is first-time nominee Brad Guzan.
Despite missing the first five matches of 2015 due to club commitments and the birth of his son, goalkeeper Brad Guzan earned the start in a personal-best 13 of the U.S. MNT’s final 15 matches. Guzan’s 2015 debut came at the cathedral of the Amsterdam Areana and he rose to the occasion on June 5, making seven saves in a thrilling 4-3 win against the Netherlands, beginning a career-long streak of 10 consecutive starts.
The Homer Glen, Ill., went one step higher against No. 1-ranked Germany, turning aside four of five shots from the World champions in a 2-1 win and his second of five consecutive victories. Guzan recorded three shutouts insix starts in the Gold Cup to earn the tournament’s Golden Glove honors. He now stands fifth on the USA’s all-time list for career shutouts.
Guzan made multiple notable saves this year, includinga stretch of crucial back-to-back saves against Panama on July 13 and a series of important stops in the 2-1 win against Peru on Sept. 4 in Washington, D.C.
Credited by many as being the main reason Aston Villa avoided relegation in 2014-15, the ‘keeper has also totaled six shutouts over 34 matches in the Premier League in 2015.