Brad Guzan has set his sights on achieving Olympic glory with the United States before launching his Aston Villa career.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper finally made the switch from Chivas USA to Villa last week - for a fee in the region of £600,000 - after obtaining a work permit.
He is one of three over-aged players in the USA squad who will face Japan, Nigeria and Holland in their qualifying group.
Guzan, who has won eight caps for his country, will join up with his Villa team-mates on a full-time basis towards the end of the month but is hoping to return with a medal. He said: "The Olympics is an opportunity to be on the world stage. It's a huge event and everyone wants to be a part of it.
"Of course, I can understand why the clubs want to do everything to keep their players. But for the players, I just think it's a great tournament to be a part of. It only happens every four years and it will be great to enjoy some success."
Villa had agreed to pay around £2million for Guzan in January only for the deal to be put on ice as a work permit application was initially unsuccessful.
But the eventual fee was only approximately a third of that because Guzan would have been out of contract with Chivas in November - and could have joined Villa on a free transfer next January.