Brad Guzan suffered a second consecutive relegation on Monday night as Middlesbrough were sent back down to the Championship after one season.
Guzan endured the pain of relegation with Aston Villa last season, before earning a move to Middlesbrough prior to their return to the Premier League. Now, with just three games remaining in his Middlesbrough career, Guzan’s second straight relegation has been confirmed after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea.
Monday night’s game will be one to forget for Guzan as he was nutmegged on all three goals Chelsea scored, although a handful of impressive saves prevented a heavier defeat.
To add insult to injury...all 3 goals conceded tonight by Brad Guzan were nut megs pic.twitter.com/zlKpIUvwpy— Arsenal Miami - MASC (@ArsenalMiami) May 8, 2017
The performance sums up what has been a rough season for the American, who has struggled for game time and form. His chance to turn things around will come this summer as he joins up with Atlanta United.
The 32-year-old will officially end a nine-year stint in England and link up with his new team in July, but may have to wait for his chance behind Alec Kann. Guzan’s experience will likely make him the preferred choice over Kann but form may play a large role in the battle for the starting job.
On the bright side, relegation doesn’t exist in Major League Soccer so Brad Guzan’s streak ends at two.