By IVES GALARCEP
American defender Eric Lichaj has been on the free agent market for less than a month since being released by Aston Villa, but it looks like the one-time U.S. Men’s National Team defender won’t be out of work for very long.
Reports in England have Nottingham Forest lining up a bid for the versatile fullback, who made 17 Premier League appearances for Aston Villa last season, including nine starts.
Lichaj has been out of the USMNT picture since the 2011 Gold Cup, and has yet to be called up since Jurgen Klinsmann became head coach. A natural right back who saw time at both right back and left back for Aston Villa, Lichaj would be joining a Nottingham Forest side that finished eighth in the English League Championship, England’s second division. Forest finished just one point out of the promotion playoff zone.
Lichaj, 24, is a University of North Carolina product who spent one season at UNC before signing with Aston Villa in 2008. He made 42 appearances for the Villans before being released last month.
What do you think of Nottingham Forest as a destination for Lichaj? Hoping he finds a team in the Premier League, or see him being a regular starter in the League Championship? See him playing his way back into the USMNT picture?
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