Jurgen Klinsmann confirmed that Brad Guzan will remain the starting goalkeeper for the United States in the all-important Confederations Cup playoff with Mexico, as well as the two friendlies prior.
Klinsmann cited a lack of preparation time as the main reason, and did not rule out a reevaluation of the position following the match against Mexico.
“Since we are so short away from the clash with Mexico, we are not making any real changes right now,” Klinsmann told the media at camp in Washington, D.C. “Brad is the No. 1, Tim is the number 2. Tim accepted that because he was gone for more than a year from the team. Once we’ve got that game – hopefully successfully – out of the way, then we can think about maybe how we can split time. But now it’s really about getting consistency with the players and getting the job done in October.”
The decision is a curious – and admittedly difficult – one for Klinsmann. Guzan has performed well but not great during his time in goal for the United States. Obviously Howard is a legend at the U.S. level, but he was quite poor for Everton last season after his heroic World Cup performance. Howard looked much better last weekend for Everton, but it’s a small sample size.
The bottom line is the United States is likely in good hands either way, and have much bigger issues to address, but it’s certainly something to watch going forward.