Guzan has more than 50 appearances for the U.S. men’s national team and more than 150 appearances in the Premier League with Aston Villa, Hull City and Middlesbrough.
However, he has fallen behind Victor Valdez as the first-choice goalkeeper this season.
Just 32 years old, and with goalkeepers typically having a longer playing life than those in the field, Eales expects that Guzan can be an important piece of the club for years.
He will join a group of goalkeepers that as of now includes Alec Kann, acquired in the expansion draft, Alex Tambakis, the team’s first signing and Alex Kapp, selected in the fourth round of the SuperDraft. The team also has two goalies on trial during its ongoing training camp. Of the first three, only Kann has played in MLS and he has just eight appearances.
Without knowing manager Gerardo Martino’s preferred 11 for his starting lineup, there is at least the chance that Guzan could be one of a group of players that could make Atlanta United very strong and experienced up the middle. There is the possibility that Guzan (79 MLS appearances) could play behind central defenders Michael Parkhurst (215) and Zach Loyd (180), and defensive midfielder Jeff Larentowicz (324).
“We needed that blend of young, up-and-coming talent, but also need players that understand the league,” Eales said. Brad was someone that fits that bill and will be great for us as a building block as we come into the league.”
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