Brad Guzan has been absolutely phenomenal for Aston Villa FC, keeping a clean sheet in their first two games of the season. The American shot stopper has impressed in the English Premier League for the past two seasons. Guzan will be hoping his good form for Aston Villa can get Jurgen Klinsmann to give him the starting job for the United States Men’s National Team.
The Aston Villa shot stopper has always been the heir apparent for Tim Howard. With Howard taking a sabbatical and looking comfortable assisting the NBC Sports broadcast of the English Premier League, Guzan seems to be in pole position to be the next No. 1.
After seven years of being the first choice goalkeeper for the USMNT, Howard has decided to take a sabbatical from international duty. Howard was one of the best players for the United States in the 2014 FIFA World Cup as the team advanced through the group of death. The Everton man kept the U.S. team in contention for every match.
Howard has cited that he wanted to spend more time with his family, as the reason for his sabbatical. Howard’s decision was made after discussion with Jurgen Klinsmann, who accepted the decision. However, the USMNT manager told the Everton man that he would need to earn his place to return to the squad.
Guzan’s performance for his club should be enough to earn the No. 1 starting goalkeeper position for the USMNT, and will be looking to cement his position in Howard’s absence.
Tim Howard is 35 years old and a return between the sticks after his sabbatical seems farfetched, as Guzan is more than capable to usurp the position.