[AMERICANS ABROAD]American defender Eric Lichaj started for Aston Villa in its 2-0 win over Manchester City Saturday at Birmingham's Villa Park in the 2008 Premier Academy League final.
Lichaj, a product of the U.S. under-17 residency program, joined Villa last summer after missing his freshman year at North Carolina with a metatarsal fracture in 2006.
The Young Lions were crowned England's best Academy team thanks to goals from James Collinsand Chris Herd.
May 3 in Birmingham
Aston Villa 2 Man. City 0.Goals: Collins 23, Herd 34.
Aston Villa --Parish, Lichaj, Lowry, Clark, Baker, Herd, Albrighton, Bannan, Collins, Delfouneso, Forrester (Weimann, 84).
Man. City --Hartley, Trippier, McGivern, Boyota, Mee, Kay, Clayton (Ibrahim, 65), Tutte, Mak, Ball (Moore, 62), McDermott (Poole, 57).