By TRAVIS CLARK
American defender Eric Lichaj extended his Aston Villa career on Wednesday, agreeing to a new three-year deal with the Premier League club.
The right back has yet to make an appearance for the first team, completing loan stints with League Two side Lincoln City and League One side Leyton Orient last season. The 21-year-old will hope to impress Villa's interim manager Kevin MacDonald and make his debut for the club when the new season starts this weekend.
Lichaj first signed with Villa in 2007 after his freshman year at UNC.
Here are a few other stories for Wednesday:
SALGADO LOANED TO VANCOUVER
For the next three months, recently signed MLS forward Omar Salgado will join USSF D-2 side Vancouver Whitecaps on loan. The Whitecaps, along with the Portland Timbers, are making the transition to MLS in 2011, essentially making this an extended tryout for Salgado. He signed a deal with the league a few weeks ago, and will be available in the 2011 SuperDraft in January — in which the Whitecaps will either pick first or second.
In the meantime, Salgado will get a chance to train and help the Whitecaps finish their second division season in style.
ROONEY'S BROTHER ON TRIAL IN SEATTLE
John Rooney, Wayne's younger brother and former League Two player, was in Seattle Tuesday on trial with Sounders FC. The 19-year-old last played for Macclesfield Town FC for the past two seasons.
"He's on trial, we want to see where he's at and what he's like as a player," Schmid told the Seattle times. "He's a player that was brought to our attention and so it seemed like this was a good week because we have a week of training to be able to look at him, and some other guys as well."
Schmid indicated that if Rooney were to impress with Seattle, he would likely go on trial elsewhere, and if the league decided to sign him, he'd could possibly be made available in next year's SuperDraft.
AUSTRALIA NAME NEW COACH
The Socceroos have named their new head coach, grabbing unknown German Holger Osieck as their top man. Osieck was an assistant coach to Franz Beckenbauer when West Germany lifted the World Cup back in 1990. Having previously coached at Urawa Red Diamonds in Japan's J-League, Osieck has the requisite familiarity with the AFC needed to guide Australia. He has also coached the Canadian international team, Fenerbahçe and Vfl Bochum.
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