Aston Villa's Brad Guzan pleased to return to action with the US national team

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The 30-year-old goalkeeper earned his first run-out since being benched at Villa in Friday's 4-3 friendly win over the Netherlands.

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan has told US Soccer of his delight at getting back in the net with the US national team following a difficult couple of months at Aston Villa.

After missing March’s friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland due to his wife expecting the birth of their first child, Guzan made his first appearance of 2015 for the US in last week’s dramatic 4-3 comeback win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

The match was also the 29-times capped keeper’s first run-out since Villa’s 3-2 defeat at Manchester City on 25 April, when a goal-costing blunder resulted in Shay Given taking his spot in goal for the rest of the Premier League campaign.

With his run of 108 straight top-flight starts over, the former Chivas USA star is now reported to be facing an uncertain future at Villa Park as manager Tim Sherwood begins remodelling his squad in his first transfer window in charge.

A shot-stopper is said to be on his summer wishlist, with Brentford’s David Button and Cologne’s Timo Horn named as possible targets in recent weeks, leaving Guzan in the dark over whether he might have to find a new club ahead of next season [h/t Telegraph].

The Villa veteran is not thinking about such matters for the moment, though, and is just pleased to be back in action and preparing for an important Gold Cup summer with the States, having been confirmed as Jurgen Klinsmann’s number one for the tournament.

Speaking after the win over the Netherlands, in which he made a number of crucial saves to keep his side in the clash, Guzan said: “I know from a personal standpoint I just wanted to get back and help the guys in front of me.

“It’s normally not a good day when you concede three goals, but in saying that, again the result was important for us and I just wanted to play my part and I was able to make a few saves late on in the game and ultimately it was at the other end where we went and scored goals and that allowed us to win the game.”

Now cemented as the USA’s first-choice until at least Everton’s Tim Howard returns from his self-imposed international hiatus in September, Guzan and his teammates go into Wednesday's second June friendly against World Champions Germany in Cologne full of confidence after upsetting the Dutch with two late goals.

“I think more than anything [the win] gives us that belief that when we do play tough teams and when we do play in difficult venues away from home and outside of the United States that we can go and get wins,” he added. “We can go and put together a performance even on a day when it wasn’t our best soccer. We still found a way to win and when you do that, that’s important.”

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