Americans Abroad: Lichaj moving ahead with EPL's Aston Villa
In what was a rather quiet week for American soccer players abroad, aside from
Aston Villa right back
Lichaj, who signed a three-year contact with Villa earlier this month, held his own by most accounts. Interim manager
"I am very proud indeed," MacDonald told Aston Villa's team website after the draw. "Sometimes it is not just the play, it is reacting to the place that you are playing in that gives them an education.
"If you play somewhere like (Vienna) it will help them play in some of the big Premier League grounds where the atmosphere is electric as well."
Lichaj reverted to his role as unused substitute on Sunday in Aston Villa's surprise loss to Newcastle, but his first hurdle at the Premier League club has been cleared. Here is how the rest of the Americans Abroad fared this past week (season statistics encompass all competitions):