Both Tim Howard and Brad Guzan have experienced recent rough patches on the club level. However, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann insists that the duo will remain his go-to goalkeepers going forward.
Howard was recently relegated to the role of backup goalkeeper by Everton manager Roberto Martinez, who has opted to go with Joel Robles for the time being. Meanwhile, Guzan has also been replaced as starter at Aston Villa, which currently sits last in the English Premier League.
Guzan most recently played a league game for Villa on Jan. 2, while Howard has not appeared for Everton since Jan. 24. Even with their recent issues, Howard or Guzan will start in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala.
“Obviously, you want to see them all play,” Klinsmann said after Sunday night’s Copa America draw,”but with both of them, they have tremendous experience. They know how to deal with these kind of situations. They’re going to come in for the Guatemala game sharp and highly motivated. They want to do well, so I’m not that concerned.”
The U.S. is set to visit Guatemala on March 25 before hosting Los Chapines four days later at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus.
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