BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Aston Villa have come to terms on a loan deal that will send USMNT right back Eric Lichaj to Leeds United for a one month loan according to both clubs.
YA contacted Leeds United and a club spokesman said that the deal was still in the process of being finalized and that they hoped to have it finalized tomorrow so that Lichaj will be available this weekend.
The spokesman did not want to be identified until the deal was complete.
"It's not complete yet," a Leeds spokesman told YA. "Hopefully it will be complete tomorrow. But we have agreed to terms with Aston Villa."
Lichaj, 22, has struggled to find playing time the past five weeks for Aston Villa after seeing first team action during the fall.
Lichaj has been capped twice by the US national team. He earned his first cap in October in a 0-0 draw with Colombia and then in the following month played the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 victory in a friendly against South Africa.
The Chicago native who also holds a Polish passport will be going out on loan for the third time since joining Aston Villa in 2007.
In 2009 he was loaned to Lincoln City of League Two and later that season, he was loaned to Leyton Orient of League One where he played a major part in helping the club avoid relegation.
Leeds United currently sit in sixth place in the English Championship as they have their sights set on qualifying for the playoffs to earn a spot in the Premier League next season.
Lichaj's first game for his new club could be this weekend when Leeds United travel to take on Bristol City.