Villa keeper Guzan: I could've been midfield star

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan admits he wanted to be a midfield star when younger. Guzan didn't take goalkeeping seriously until his teens.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan admits he wanted to be a midfield star when younger.

Guzan didn't take goalkeeping seriously until his teens.

He told the Sunday Mercury: "Before I went to University, for my club team in America back in Chicago, I played as an outfield player, probably because I was one of the biggest guys on the field.

“I was about 17 and I played in a national final.

“I just didn’t have the speed or the ability to carry on playing outfield at university level, so into the goal I went and here I am.

“I’d trained as a goalkeeper as well, probably from about 12 onwards.

“My older brother was a goalkeeper so as a kid growing up I always saw him playing as a goalkeeper.

“I used to play almost as a holding midfielder, in front of the defenders, as a kind of stopper back kind of thing. I used to go round smashing people.”

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