Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Guzan may yet land in England
by Ridge Mahoney, June 26th, 2008 7AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] Aston Villa could sign Brad Guzan during the European transfer period this summer, even though it failed to acquire him via appeal last winter and must wait 12 months before utilizing that process again. How so?

Since Guzan has been playing regularly for the past year, he may meet the minimum national team caps (appearances) requirement by which a work visa is granted automatically. Thus Villa would not need to file an appeal. The year-long waiting period applies only to appeals for that particular player, not to an acquisition itself. Other teams, of course, could also bid for his services as well.

The 75 percent caps benchmark is computed from the match in which the player made his first appearance, and games for which he wasn't available - because of suspension, injury, or other reasons - can be excluded. Games for which Guzan wasn't called up, such as the match in Poland last March, won't count against him if sufficient cause can be shown.

Guzan debuted last summer at the Copa America against Colombia, and including that match, has played eight of 13 matches, which is slightly more than 60 percent. If Guzan, his representatives and Villa can successfully make the case he wasn't available for two of those matches, his record of eight appearances in 11 games (for which he was available) computes to just under 78 percent, and thus meets the benchmark.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Crowd Count: Seattle draws 64,358 fans, tops in MLS    
The crowd of 64,358 for Sunday's Seattle-Vancouver match at CenturyLink Field was the the largest of ...
U.S. national team vets coming and going    
U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann named the initial squad of 23 players who will ...
Klopas is first MLS coach to be fired this season    
Hours after Saturday's 2-1 loss to Toronto FC -- its third straight defeat -- the Montreal ...
Herzog names U.S. U-23 squad for England game     
U.S. U-23 national team coach Andi Herzog has named a 24-player squad for a Aug. 30-Sept. ...
No Giovani dos Santos in Mexico squad    
Just weeks after joining the LA Galaxy, Giovani dos Santos is out of the team under ...
USA and Mexico will split Rose Bowl tickets    
When the USA played Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup final at the Rose Bowl, the ...
What They're Saying: FIFA statement    
"The growth of football and the increased participation levels in the U.S. have been tremendous and ...
RSL promotes Waibel, moves Zarkos into soccer operations    
With the exit of general manager Garth Lagerwey to Seattle at the end of the 2014 ...
Chicago Fire completes Maloney transfer    
Scottish midfielder Shaun Maloney is headed back to England, ending one of the shorter Designated Player ...
Canada calls up nine MLS players to face Belize     
Forward Cyle Larin heads a list of nine MLS players chosen by Canada head coach Benito ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives