Eric Lichaj

Name:
Eric Lichaj
Nationality:
American
Date of Birth:
17/11/1988
Height:
5' 10" (178cm)
Weight:
12st 8lbs (80.0kg)
Previous Clubs:
Nottm Forest, Leeds (loan), Leyton Orient (loan), Lincoln City (loan),
Position:
Defender
Lichaj


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WHAT HE SAID

Anyone who gets a little taste of the first team, they want to keep their shirt and I'm no different. That's what I'll be trying to do.

WHAT OTHERS SAID

Marc Albrighton: On the pitch, he's top quality. He's a top footballer. I have said this ever since he came to the club, all the way through the youth, reserves and now the seniors. He's versatile. He can right-back, left-back, centre-back, he can play centre midfield, right midfield, left midfield. He can play anywhere.

Steve Staunton: Eric has come through the ranks and he's done very well. I've been impressed with him. I know he's mainly a right-back but he's looked comfortable on the left too.

MINI PROFILE

He may have arrived at Villa as a right-back but Eric Lichaj proved himself as a consistent performer on the left-hand side during the 2011-2 season.

The Chicago-born defender enjoyed a successful second season in the senior ranks despite missing long periods with a hip injury.

His first competitive goal for Villa came in a 2-0 victory over Hereford United in the Carling Cup in August.

The goal also earned Lichaj the Goal Celebration of the Season award at the club's end-of-season dinner for his 'Chicken Noodle Soup' dance!

The USA international was ruled out for several months after undergoing hip surgery.

But a string of successful outings for Villa's title-winning reserves side in the New Year propelled him back into the first team picture.

He dislodged Stephen Warnock in the left-back spot and produced a run of steady performances towards the end of the campaign.

In March, having already assisted a James Collins goal with a long throw, Lichaj scored his first Barclays Premier League goal in the 4-2 defeat to Chelsea.

Lichaj arrived at Villa's academy in 2007 and progressed through the youth and reserve ranks.

His first taste of senior football came during loan spells at Lincoln City and Leyton Orient.

Caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald - a long-time mentor for Lichaj and his peers in the reserves set-up - handed the full-back his Villa debut in the Europa League play-off away to Rapid Vienna in August 2010.

Incoming manager Gerard Houllier picked Lichaj for his first top-flight game against Blackpool three months later.

He held on to the right-back spot for four matches before being loaned out to Leeds United in the New Year.

Lichaj's progress at club level over the past few season resulted in a call-up to the senior USA national side.

His first cap came in October 2010 in a friendly against Columbia.

He then went on to earn a place in the US squad for the 2011 Gold Cup.

INTERESTING FACT

Eric Lichaj grew a Movember moustache in November 2012, impressing his team-mates with a handsome handlebar effort.


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