KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Eric Lichaj has headed to Turkey as it was announced on Monday that the fullback has signed with newly-promoted team Fatih Karagumruk in the Turkish Super Lig.
The 31-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the team following the expiration of his deal with English Championship team Hull City at the end of last season.
Lichaj has spent the majority of his playing career in England where he first signed with Aston Villa in 2007. In his time playing for the Birmingham-based team, he would also see loan stints at Lincoln City, Leyton Orient and Leeds United. Following his release from Villa after the 2012-2013 Premier League season, he would sign with former European Cup winners Nottingham Forest.
The full-back would go on to establish himself with the team, playing over 100 games in his five years and even earning the captain's armband in the 2016-2017 season. Most Forest fans will remember him for the two goals he scored in their 4-2 shock defeat of Arsenal in the FA Cup.
Following the 2017-2018 season, Lichaj was on the move again, this time to Hull City on a two-year deal. In the 2019-2020 season, he would once again wear the captain's armband as he led the Tigers into the season. However, his time on the field would end abruptly as he suffered ankle ligament damage.
Now, the Illinois native will be looking to help his new team establish themselves in the Turkish top flight.
Karagumruk earned promotion to the Super Lig after winning the playoff final on penalties over Adana Demirspor.
Lichaj will join fellow U.S. international Tyler Boyd as the only Americans currently playing in Turkey.