USMNT defender Eric Lichaj was the unlikely difference-maker for Nottingham Forest on their way to a third-round upset of Premier League side Arsenal.
While the rumors surrounding USMNT right back Eric Lichaj moving to Major League Soccer have been placed on the back burning, the Nottingham Forest standout found the back of the net not once but twice in the third round of the FA Cup against EPL giants Arsenal.
Lichaj, unsurprisingly as a defender, has never been much of a goal scorer for Forest despite being with the club since 2013. The fullback has scored four goals in 182 Championship league appearances to go along with nine assists. His lack of goals is part of what made his performance additionally spectacular. Doing so against a historic club such as Arsenal was just the icing on the cake.
Both of Lichaj’s goals came in the first half and was the first time in his career that he scored more than one goal in the same match. His volley to put Forest up 2-1 was nothing short of spectacular. Forest was then able to put away their London-based opponents with two second-half penalties.
All in all, it was a remarkable match for Lichaj and one that will be remembered by Forest fans for years to come. Whether or not the 29-year-old American remains with Nottingham after this season still remains to be seen. Lichaj will be a free agent in July and currently has not come to turns with the Championship club on a new deal. The fullback has reportedly been on the radar of several MLS clubs and would instantly be one of the best right backs in MLS.