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Guzan to return to MLS after work permit denied

Chivas USA announced Thursday that 2007 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Brad Guzan will return to the club for the 2008 season. The 23-year-old U.S. international had been set to join English Premier League club Aston Villa in a record transfer for an MLS goalkeeper, but Guzan's British work permit application was denied.

"It has been my privilege to represent the Chivas colors for the past three years and I look forward to returning to Chivas USA this season," said Guzan in a statement from England. "I have always appreciated the support of Chivas USA and its passionate fans and shall continue wear the colors with pride as we strive for great things in MLS and beyond in 2008."

"Brad is a world-class goalkeeper who has attracted the interest of some of the world's best clubs, and Chivas USA is happy to have him back for another season," said Chivas coach Preki. "Although we share in his disappointment at the denial of his British work permit, we know that Brad, like the true professional he is, will continue to work hard to improve every day on and off the field with Chivas USA."

Guzan was selected by Chivas USA with its first pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft (No. 2 overall) out of the University of South Carolina, prior to the club's first season as an expansion team in Major League Soccer. In 2007, Guzan recorded 13 clean sheets for a Chivas USA side that finished first in MLS's Western Conference.