Guzan proved his value for Aston Villa after US heroics in Germany win

Brad Guzan

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan played his part as Jurgen Klinsmann's side completed a shock win against the World Cup winners.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan's heroic performance in the United State's 2-1 defeat of Germany in Cologne was a huge boost to a player who had suffered a disappointing end to the Premier League season.

The former Chivas stopper was a vital part of the impressive result on Wednesday it, and was evidence if any was needed that he should very much be Tim Sherwood's number one in the 2015-16 campaign.

Guzan ended up on the bench for the last few matches of Aston Villa's season, despite being a star for much of the year and the previous season.

The reasons, or at least, the most identifiable explanations for his relegation to the substitutes bench,were a slight drop in form that peaked with a howler in Villa's narrow 3-2 loss at Manchester City.

The US international gifted Sergio Aguero the ball with quite possibly the worst attempt at a kick seen all season. It was a mistake that could have been costly, especially if Villa had just one point less and Hull would have won on the final day. Luckily for Guzan and Villa, they survived the threat of relegation.

Running pretty much in tandem with that game was Shay Given's decent displays in the club's FA Cup run. Those two things running together inevitably saw the 30-year-old benched for the final four league games of the season, the first time he'd been dropped since August 2012.

However, with Given now 39-years-old, and Guzan back impressing after the United State's phenomenal result against the World Champions, there is little doubt he will have gotten some much needed confidence before returning to Villa Park next season, as long as he there are no blunders in the upcoming Gold Cup that is.

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