Villa's Guzan happy joining Premiership's American keepers family

Aston Villa's new goalkeeper Brad Guzan is delighted to join the American keepers contingent in the Premiership.

The 6ft 4in shot-stopper, currently away with the USA at the Beijing Olympics, said: "Growing up as an American goalkeeper, you see the likes of Brad (Friedel), Tim (Howard), Kasey (Keller) and Marcus (Hahnemann) doing well.

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"Being able to follow in their footsteps is truly a dream come true.

"I dreamt of making saves like Brad in the Premier League so now being able to have a chance to do the same is unbelievable.

"They have set the bar so high and I look forward to trying to make my mark.

"The Premier League is huge in the United States. It's one of the biggest leagues in the world and I think it will continue to improve. I am so excited to be part of it."

The former Chivas USA star insists that consistency and reliability are the watchwords of any goalkeeper.

"It's about being consistent and being a guy who the team can count on.

"If we are tied 0-0 in the last minute and I need to make a big save, you want the defenders to look back at you and know that they rely on you to make that important stop.

"They should have total confidence in you."

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