KENYA BROWN - Thursday, January 26, 2017
US goalkeeper Brad Guzan will leave Middlesbrough in the summer and move to new Major League Soccer team Atlanta United, the English Premier League team announced on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old, who started his professional career playing at Chivas USA, has signed a multi-year deal with the team. Atlanta held the No. 1 spot in the allocation rankings and used that to sign Guzan.
There had been much talk about the Illinois-native making the move back stateside as he has played mostly in a backup role for Middlesbrough this season, with Victor Valdes being handed the starting role by head coach Aitor Karanka. He has made five appearances in the league since moving from Aston Villa, who were relegated last season.
The move back to MLS should also keep Guzan in contention as the starting goalkeeper for the US national team. Guzan was named the starter for the team by former US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann after the 2014 World Cup as Tim Howard went on a one-year sabbatical. In that time he stood between the sticks for the team at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2016 Copa America Centenario.