In his first season consistently starting between the sticks in the Premier League, Brad Guzan helped Aston Villa remain in the EPL after a very difficult season. Guzan was deemed the team's Player of the Year in their annual awards. He has been called up for the USMNT, and will likely be used as Tim Howard's backup. Guzan started for the USMNT in the team's March fixtures when Tim Howard was sidelined with a back injury, picking up two clean sheets, one in a blizzard in Colorado and one at Estadio Azteca. While Aston Villa's season was fairly disastrous, it would have been a lot worse without the skill and play of Guzan, who finally had a breakout year in England.
Meanwhile, Sacha Kljestan and RSCA Anderlecht won their second consecutive Belgian Jupiler League title this past weekend. In a 1-1 draw against Zulte Waregem, Kljestan missed a chance to score in the 77th minute, but the team's draw was enough to secure the title. This ensures that Kljestan and Anderlecht will make another appearance in the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League. Kljestan made 40 league appearances this season, making him a regular in Anderlecht's lineup. He scored 3 goals and had 8 assists across all competitions. He also scored a goal in the Champions League, where he featured in 9 matches for Anderlecht. He was also named to the USMNT roster for the May and June matches.
Congrats to both Brad and Sacha on their respective accomplishments this season!
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