Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan planning MLS swan song

The US international hopes to head back to the league where he first made a name for himself down the road.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has told Soccer Morning that he plans to return to MLS to see out his career.

Guzan, 30, started his career with Chivas USA after being drafted second-overall in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft following a decorated college career at South Carolina, before going on to make 79 appearances for the Los Angeles-based club over the next four seasons.

Named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2007, his impressive performances soon attracted the interest of then-Villa manager Martin O’Neill, who, after some work permit wrangling, managed to bring the US international across the Atlantic in August 2008 for around $1.5 million.

After biding his time on the bench for several seasons behind compatriot Brad Friedel and later Shay Given, Guzan would eventually seize the number one job at the start of the 2012-13 campaign and hasn’t looked back since, establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s top keepers over the following terms.

At the same time, though, the Chicago-native has kept a close watch of developments back home and, having seen MLS make such considerable strides since his departure, a return is something he’d be more than open to down the road.

“Absolutely, I definitely want to come back and finish my career in MLS,” he said. “It’s where I started my career and I’d love to be able to come back and play in front of my friends and family, being a Chicago guy.

“When that would be, I don’t know, but that’s definitely the plan.

“This is a time now where the league can really start to grow,” he continued. “And people outside of being players and coaches can start to realise that MLS is already successful, will continues to be successful and is going to be a league, I think, that has the potential to be somewhere a lot of players want to come.”

Just coming into his prime as a goalkeeper, a move back to the States is far from imminent, but it sounds like the Chicago Fire should be keeping their net open when the time does come for him to leave Europe behind.

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