Goalkeepers don’t move around a lot on the field, but off the field it seems like American net minders can’t stop moving! Just a little levity for your Friday, folks.
Transfer rumors extraordinaire Taylor Twellman is reporting that Brad Guzan is leaving recently promoted English Premier League club Middlesbrough for the Peach State:
This isn’t the first time we’re hearing about this particular move. Last week, a report in Four Four Two revealed that Guzan is exploring a move to Major League Soccer.
Atlanta United is in the market for a starting goalkeeper, as I’m told the position is a necessary component to any formation. The newly minted franchise/club was reportedly looking to sign occasional national team call up Sean Johnson from the Chicago Fire.
It would be a return to MLS for Guzan, who began his professional career with the now defunct Chivas USA in 2005. The 32-year old could absolutely use a change of scenery, as he’s failed to grab hold of both the USMNT and Middlesbrough starting jobs. He’s made a mere three combined league and cup appearances after moving over from Aston Villa. Additionally, Guzan struggled to hold off a returning Tim Howard, and decidedly lost the battle for the number one spot (prior to the latter’s injury in World Cup Qualifiers).
It’s a move for a player that appears to lack confidence and desperately needs regular playing time to get his groove back. Guzan is capable of being a top keeper and leading the United States at a World Cup, he just needs to get his groove back.