By FRANCO PANIZO
Eric Lichaj may not be starting for Aston Villa on a regular basis, but he made a case for himself on Tuesday.
Starting in his first game since Sept. 15, Lichaj went the distance and made an impact on the game by setting up the winning goal in the Villans’ 3-2 Capital One Cup victory over Swindon Town. Lichaj, who was playing left back, helped secure Aston Villa’s passage to the next round of the tournament when he broke the deadlock with a pass to Christian Benteke moments before the game was set to go into a 30-minute extra time.
For Lichaj, the match marked his fifth start of the season across all competitions and his performance may help convince U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann that he is ready for a call-up in next month’s friendly in Russia. Lichaj has yet to be selected while Klinsmann has been in charge.
Another player who played on Tuesday that has been in and out of his respective team’s starting lineup is Sacha Kljestan. The Anderlecht midfielder made his first start since Sept. 15, going the distance in the club’s 5-0 mauling of KAA Gent. The league start was Kljestan’s fourth of the season.
Here is how the Americans Abroad who were involved in games on Tuesday fared:
CAPITAL ONE CUP
- Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa’s 3-2 win vs. Swindon Town.
- Eric Lichaj started, played 90 minutes and had a GAME-WINNING ASSIST for Aston Villa.
- Jermaine Jones started and played 90 minutes in Schalke 04′s 3-0 win vs. SV Sandhausen.
- Andrew Wooten came off the bench and played 19 minutes in SV Sandhausen’s 3-0 loss vs. Schalke 04.
- Sacha Kljestan started and played 90 minutes in RSC Anderlecht’s 5-0 win vs. KAA Gent.
What do you think of these performances? Think Lichaj will get called into the U.S. Men’s National Team’s friendly against Russia next month? Do you see Kljestan breaking back into Anderlecht’s starting lineup soon?
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