Atlanta United has officially signed veteran goalkeeper, Brad Guzan, to a pre-contact. The 32-year-old goalkeeper will join Atlanta at the end of the Premier League season, Middlesbrough confirm.
CONFIRMED | @bguzan will join @MLS newcomers @ATLUTD at the end of the season. Here's more... #UTB— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) January 25, 2017
Atlanta United will acquire Guzan with the top position in MLS’s Allocation Order ranking, giving the club the first right of refusal to any current or former US men’s national team player making their way to MLS. According to the official release, he will sign a “multi-year contract” with Atlanta. It’s not expected he’ll occupy a Designated Player spot.
Guzan has made 53 senior team appearances with the USMNT in addition to 146 appearances in the EPL for Aston Villa and Middlesborough since 2008.
After spending the last seven years with Aston Villa, Guzan was sold to Middlesborough after Villa was relegated at the end of last season. Guzan is a very experienced keeper who has generally been accepted as the back-up goalkeeper for the USMNT behind Colorado Rapid’s Tim Howard.
Guzan was drafted second overall in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft by Chivas USA and was named to MLS Best XI after the 2007 season. He was also awarded the Golden Glove Award after the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Guzan spent two years at the University of South Carolina, made 38 appearances and was named second-team All-American his sophomore year.
Welcome to Atlanta, Brad Guzan!