By Paul Brown in Portland
Fabian Delph insists it's a "dream" to part of the Paul Lambert revolution at Villa.
As Lambert's Lions touched down in Portland, Delph took time to talk about the "great atmosphere" in camp.
The midfield terrier says training is spot on and everyone in camp is pulling in the right direction to help Villa have a successful time in 2012-13.
He said: "It's a great atmosphere. Everyone is so positive.
"Everyone is just raring to go every single day. The training sessions are 100%.
"Everyone is working hard and the tempo is spot on. It's a dream to be part of, to be honest."
Delph was in positive mood, having been handed the captaincy for the Fire clash in Chicago on Saturday.
The former Leeds man described the experience as an "honour" and hopes it can act as a springboard for him after three injury-ravaged seasons.
He added: "I was honoured to be given the captaincy against Fire. I am only young so obviously it was a big deal for me. I was really delighted.
"And it coincided with our second win from two games out here in the USA so it's happy all around.
"Just as the team got named I found out about the captaincy. The gaffer said 'you take the boys out'.
"It's a massive boost for me personally. Obviously it was a dream come true to become captain.
"It's been a frustrating three years for me. I can't remember the last time I have been injury-free for longer than a month.
"But I feel good now and I'm really looking forward to the season.
"Hopefully I can push on and repay the chairman, the gaffer and everyone who has put an arm around me and wanted me to do well."
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