Saturday, January 26, 2008

Bye Bye Brad?

Brad Guzan has impressed me over the three years I've covered Chivas USA. Apparently, he had the same effect on Celtic officials.

Celtic have offered Guzan a contract as a deal for the young American goalkeeper could be brokered soon.

While the move would mean the exit of one of Chivas USA's best and most popular players, for Guzan the deal would be outstanding. The opportunity to play for an immensely popular club while having the chance to compete in the Champions League is fantastic. Already, Guzan is one of the top American goalkeepers; to have the chance to continue developing abroad is too good to pass up.

Most have Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard penciled in as the US starting goalkeeper in the 2010 World Cup, but I wouldn't be so quick to assume that Howard has the job wrapped up. In two years' time, Guzan might have started a considerable amount of games for Celtic and if he can improve on his already high level of play, he might claim that number one goalkeeper spot ahead of the World Cup.

Of course, Celtic already has a pretty good goalkeeper in Artur Boruc and Celtic manager Gordon Strachan admitted the move for Guzan would be "an investment for the future."

But Guzan is a true competitor and takes his job very seriously. If he goes, it's only a matter of time before he's the number one 'keeper at Celtic.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

My team is being torn apart. Good luck to Guzan.

briguy said...

He's gone.

Anonymous said...

I remember how this then 19 year old kid got forced into play well before he was ready and had to play behind the worst backline in MLS history...he was getting shelled like few keepers do, but shortly it became clear after about 5 games or so that this kid was pretty damn good, and had a very bright future...


Good luck Brad...

blahblah said...

I hope you're right and he sees playing time asap.

But he'll always be El Guzano to us!

Grumpy in LA said...

Wasn't the offer £1m? Isn't that a bit low for Guzan? Will MLS and Chivas agree?

Anonymous said...

The British Tabloid "News of the World" is "reporting" (and judging from their website, it's best to use that term loosely) that he's going to Aston Villa instead. I doubt it, but wouldn't mind having a chance to watch him on FSC.

JT (Chicago) said...

I could see Celtic loaning him out once they sign him. A stint in an ENglish Championship side could be in the offing.