BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, July 16, 2012
After a few weeks of progress, US national team goalkeeper Brad Guzan has signed a new deal with Aston Villa of the EPL where he will compete for the starting job.

Guzan, 27, has played with Aston Villa since he left MLS in 2008. Primarily a backup he hopes this will change and that he can overtake 36 year old Shay Given for the team's top spot. His new deal is for three season.

Guzan's agent Richard Motzkin confirmed the deal to YA.

"While there were multiple Clubs interested in Brad, he is very excited to be re-joining Aston Villa and competing for the number one shirt," Motzkin told YA. "Villa was the Club that brought Brad to England, he hadn't accomplished all he wanted to with the Club and he hopes to reward their renewed commitment in him by helping Villa achieve better results on the field this season and beyond."

Guzan and Aston Villa will now head to the United States for a preseason tour where they will face Philadelphia on July 18 at PPL Park, Chicago Fire on July 21 at Toyota Park, and Portland Timbers on July 24 at JELD-WEN Field.