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Brad Guzan has been really good links
   May 7, 2013 (10:41 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Aston Villa had their end-of-the-season awards dinner tonight/last night and Brad Guzan walked away with both Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Player of the Year awards.  Congrats to Mr. Guzan.  He joins Stuart Holden (2010-11) and Clint Dempsey (2010-11 & 2011-12) among the list of Americans to win player of the year honors at a Premier League side.

With the end of the season, we now slowly turn to the silly season.  The Sun is reporting that West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce wants Guzan for next season.  Like most soccer transfer rumors on the internet, there is about a 5% chance it is true (if that).

RIP Gold Cup trophy.  It might have been weird looking, but as Howie put it earlier today, it was a part of CONCACAF’s strange charm.

There has been a little online chatter that Mikkel Diskerud might look back to Norway since he hasn’t been called into Klinsmann’s camps that much aside from January, but Mix turned down an offer to play with Norway’s U-21 team at this summer’s U-21 European Championship.  And I guess there is some speculation that Mix will play for the US this summer (my guess would be at the Gold Cup).

The US U-20 team will be at the U-20 World Cup this summer, but will be first playing at the Toulon Tournament in France at the end of this month.  Tab Ramos gave some quotes to US Soccer’s website about the tournament.

In the potentially really good news department, Anthony Brooks told Ramos recently that he is leaning towards playing with the US U-20 team at the Toulon Tournament in France.  My reaction:  good, good.

The fine folks at Top Drawer Soccer have some video interviews with U-20ers Benji Joya, Danny Garcia and DeAndre Yedlin.

And Ryan Bacic talked to potential U-20 forward Jordan Morris.  According to Brian Sciaretta, Morris had a really good camp last month and fits the current system well.

As for some things with this site, Howie, Jon and I are breaking down film (not really) and starting our process to select our annual OT XI for 2012-13.  Who do you think will deserves to be on the squad?  Let us know in the comments in case we are overlooking someone (if we are, I am blaming Howie).

And if you follow us on Twitter or Facebook (or have just looked to the left side of the side in the last 24 hours), you may have noticed a sneak peek of Super Secret Project X.  It is something that I am pretty excited about, does involve a player that is over there and should hopefully be revealed this weekend or next week.

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19 Responses to “Brad Guzan has been really good links”

  1. Trevor says:

    Haven’t watched a game, but Mix has looked mighty fine and confident in highlights. Would love to see him get another chance.

  2. Cody says:

    Who else thinks Brad deserves a shot at Tim’s spot? He has proven his worth this season time and time again.

  3. 2tone says:

    Mix is tied to the US youth wise. He played for the 2009 U.S. U-20 team. Which means he would have to file a one-time switch to suit up for Norways U-21 team. So, I can understand why Mix turned down Noways U-21 team.

  4. William says:

    I’ve long been a fan of Guzan. How/Why it took any club so long to give him a shot is beyond me.

    The dude has been nails anytime he gets significant playing time.

  5. Cam says:

    I hear this craziness all the time. Can someone tell me what Howard has done to warrant losing his spot?

  6. Cody says:

    It’s just that Guzan is so good.

  7. Jerry says:

    Yeah, Tim Howard is amazing, he has single-handedly kept us in games we shouldn’t of been in, but Brad Guzan is on a different level altogether. I can’t wait to see how good he will be in a few years.

    I honestly think he’s Arsenal’s answer at keeper, but with Liverpool wanting an American and Reina possibly on his way out the signing of Guzan makes perfect sense.

  8. daniil says:

    brad guzan had one good year. he made a lot of good saves, he faced a lot of shots, he let some in he couldve had. howard may deteriorate a little, hes kinda old, but he’ll be pretty much the same level. guzan just finished his first EPL season, but he is what 28 years old. i dont think hes really gonna develop more. Guzan to liverpool sure, but theres also static of victor valdes, memo ochoa, lloris. these are guys who have put in several good years at high levels.

    guzan had one very good season. he was player of the year on a very bad team. brad guzan is nothing unique and golden: keller had a similar breakout year, so did hahnemann. howard has had better years. guzan just isn’t there yet, and at 28, I don’t think he will. until timmy can no longer stand, he is our man.

  9. Cam says:

    Guzan is on a different level?!?! I’m just wondering are you just trying to stir the pot?…because there is no way in hell you can actually feel that way.

    I think a lot of people come on sites like this, watch the highlights, and decide that Guzan “is on a different level” without watching complete matches of either team

    Yes Guzan made some good saves this year but don’t forget that Villa gave up 65 goals in the Premier league. Everton gave up 38. That is A BIG difference. Finally, consistency is the name of the game with keepers and Howard has shown year in and year out that he deserves to be the American number 1.

  10. Trent Hill says:

    “Mix is tied to the US youth wise. He played for the 2009 U.S. U-20 team. Which means he would have to file a one-time switch to suit up for Norways U-21 team. So, I can understand why Mix turned down Noways U-21 team.”

    I dont believe that’s how that works. At underage levels, I believe you can switch back and forth at all. One-time switch is just for senior team with non-competitive caps. I think.

    Guzan is a GREAT backup for us to have, but I cant imagine putting him in over Timmy yet.

  11. Dirk says:

    The notion that Howard shouldn’t have a legitimate challenge from Guzan is absurd. Guzan is playing at the SAME level as Howard and should at least start one of the friendlies and one of the qualifiers coming up.

    Howard is real good, but so was Jan Mucha at Everton when Howard went down with injury. So what should we make of that? Everton has a much better D than Villa, that’s what.

    And as many amazing saves as Howard makes he occasionally will let in a heartbreaker, like the Ghana goal at the World Cup. Either way, Guzan or Howard makes the U.S. better than they would be otherwise, and there is nothing wrong with a healthy competition to keep both players sharp.

  12. Cam says:

    Using that logic Guzan shouldn’t even be starting for Villa. They allowed 12 fewer goals last year when Given was playing.

    Also you are telling me that:
    Wigan and Man Utd are “at the same level”?
    Man City and QPR are “at the same level”?
    Chelsea and Reading are “at the same level”?
    the answer is simpley, no, not every team in the league is created equal. Clint Dempsey left Fulham for just that reason better clubs = bigger challenges.

  13. Cam says:

    Also I want to be clear, I am not saying Howard should not be pushed by Guzan, but he has done nothing to warrent losing his job. To the contrary he has been outstanding in the recent national team matches that he has been a part of.

  14. Dirk says:

    @CAM I’ll assume you were addressing my comments.

    Wigan and Man U ARE at the same level, the Premiership, if you really want to get technical. Of course that is not the same as saying BETTER or EQUAL. Which isn’t what I said, but I guess people will always use strawmen in an attempt to knock down someone else’s point

    You misinterpreted my comments. What I did say, is that HOWARD and GUZAN are at the same level from a competitive standpoint. They play the exact same schedule, even if their teams are not of the same quality. It was not a “Aston Villa is as good as Everton” remark, because that hardly matters. They both play Man U twice, Chelsea twice, Arsenal twice etc., so yeah, that’s playing on the same level in my book.

    And one could argue that Guzan had a bigger impact on Villa than Howard did on Everton. But that is just an opinion. I believe Guzan deserves a shot at the No 1.

    No player is above competition, and regardless of whether Howard “hasn’t done anything to lose his job”, the question is, would Guzan perform better? Why not find out?

  15. Cam says:

    @Dirk I disagree that it is the same level, yes the teams they play are the same but that pretty much means nothing…You could put the New England Revolution in the Premier League it doesn’t mean that their players play at the same level as other clubs. they are still the New England Revolution no matter what league they play in

    Rickie Lambert has 14 goals for Southampton, he has 3 more goals than Sergio Aguero’s 11 and 4 more than Wayne Rooney’s 10
    I would argue that he gets more opportunity to look good because he plays on a terrible team not that he is a better player.

    Another example of the point I am trying to make comes after transfers.
    Victor Moses is an example. He played 3,200 minutes last year for Wigan. This year after being sold to Chelsea he has played fewer than 1,100 minutes in the league (according to soccerway)…This, i think, illustrates that Moses is not ready to compete at the same level as the Chelsea regulars

    Once again i want to reiterate my point, I am not saying Howard should not be pushed by Guzan, but he has done nothing to warrent losing his job.

  16. Dirk says:

    @ CAM

    If you put New England Revolution in the EPL, they would get rid of most of their players and buy new ones, so I’m not buying your point. Besides, no one threw Reading or QPR into the Premiership, they earned their way there.

    Rickie Lambert is a good example of a player who performed extremely well in the lower levels of English football who was able to make the leap upwards. The fact that he has still done well this year in the EPL doesn’t mean that he is better than Aguero, no one would make that claim, but how effective would Aguero be if he had to play with the same players Lambert played with back in League 1?

    Regarding your Victor Moses point: Moses already proved he was a top player at Wigan, I dont think he has suddenly gotten worse because he joined Chelsea, or that the Chelsea players are at another level above him. Hardly. In fact, I think he is better than Torres but when you buy a player for 50 million pounds, they are going to be in the starting 11. And yes, of course it is going to be a lot more difficult to get regular time when there are so many quality players on the squad, including Demba Ba who is taking minutes away from Moses. But Moses is better than Torres IMHO. So i reject the notion he is not ready to compete, it’s as much a political decision as anything.

    And I agree that Howard has done nothing to warrant losing his job, but neither did Alex Smith with the 49ers. Deserve has nothing to do with anything at the top level. Guzan had 2 shutouts in that last two qualifiers, sometimes a coach will make a change whether it is warranted or not. Howard was injured, Guzan stepped up and impressed, and now there should be competition.

  17. Cam says:

    I want to be done with this debate…so we can agree to disagree on the previous points

    But…to point to the Costa Rica and Mexico games as examples of why Guzan should be the starter is over-the-top in my opinion…i cannot remember him being tested at all during the the Costa Rica game (there weren’t any real clear cut attempts on goal other than when Dempsey scored for either team) and I only remember once during the Mexico game (when he came off his line and punched a long ball that was served into the box)

    also to continue with the football analogy i think its more like Tom Brady getting hurt and Matt Cassel going 11-5 with the Pats…I would still go with the older Brady…I’m from New England, believe or not there were people that year that entertained the idea of trading Brady

  18. Cam says:

    i mean people who wanted to entertain the idea

  19. Dirk says:

    I didn’t say Guzan should be the starter, just that he deserves consideration. I think the difference between the two is negligible, they are both top guys.

    I think the only thing that Cassel proved is that every team needs a competent backup. Cassel turned out to be fool’s gold, at least for Kansas City.

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