Villa keeper Brad Guzan is ready to live the American dream by replicating his consistent club form for his country.
Guzan has made the claret and blues’ No.1 shirt his own this season and has now set his sights on the international jersey after injury to first choice Tim Howard.
With the Everton stopper breaking two bones in his back, Guzan is favourite to replace him for the United State’s forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico, despite calls for former Villa veteran Brad Friedel to come out of retirement.
Guzan’s form during Villa’s relegation battle has been so impressive that he is a contender for the Premier League’s team of the season and manager Paul Lambert admits he would not swap him for any keeper in the top flight.
The 28-year-old is widely regarded to be in the best form of his career after his first concerted run in England and is confident his country would be in safe hands if coach Jurgen Klinsmann selects him for the double-header later this month.
“If my name is called and I am the person to play, then I’ll definitely be ready to help the cause and get the guys ready to go, that’s for sure,” said Guzan.
“If you look at the line of goalkeepers the US has had, it’s not always easy to get a game. Tim Howard has been fantastic for so long and very consistent, so sometimes it’s difficult. But I’ve had a chance to represent my country in big games. Tim Howard has done fantastic, not only this season, but year after year.
“If I put performances together where the manager says ‘Right, I’m going to call him into the team’, I’m happy to go and you hope your name is read out in that starting XI. That’s all you can do, put yourself out there and, if selected, go and do a job and hopefully do it well.”