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Howard returns to USMNT; now what for Guzan?

US men's national team goal keeper tim howard in goal for chelsea

Howard returns to USMNT; now what for Guzan?

By Grayson Barnette


Ever since July whenever United States and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard announced he was ready to come back and play for the men’s national team after a year off for family reasons, United States soccer fans have eagerly awaited his return.
It comes as no surprise that head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called Howard up for two big friendlies next month, one against Peru on September 4th in Washington, D.C. and then play Brazil on September 8th in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

There is no question that Howard is a better goalkeeper than Guzan, at least for now. Klinsmann stated that Howard is currently in the 2nd position. Why you ask? Well, because Guzan didn’t take a year off.

In Howard’s absence, Guzan did play a strong roll in the USMNT’s success, but he doesn’t have the ability that Howard does. Guzan isn’t the type to change a game, but he most certainly does his job. He is a strong keeper for club and country, and I commend his role.

I’m not criticizing Howard for taking time off, but he was 35 whenever he took off… Many experts didn’t expect him to come back. I for one always hoped that he would, so I’m glad that he is back and I look forward to seeing him as a regular on the national team once more.

Even though Guzan will more than likely start one, if not both, of the friendlies, I believe Tim Howard will get adequate playing time and work his way back up to the top spot by October whenever the team gets set to play Mexico in the Confederation’s Cup play off match in Pasadena, California.

Welcome back, Tim.


[Photo: Getty]



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