Twitter reacts to Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan's USA performance against Honduras

A Clint Dempsey brace saw Jurgen Klinsmann's men secure a 2-1 win in Tuesday night's Gold Cup opener.

With USA goalkeeper Tim Howard not due to return from his self-imposed international sabbatical until September, long-time backup Brad Guzan finds himself facing a crucial summer.

A solid Gold Cup campaign could see the Aston Villa stopper secure the team’s number one spot for the foreseeable future ahead of Howard’s return, but last night’s audition in their tournament opener against Honduras drew a mixed reception from fans.

Clint Dempsey proved the hero in Frisco, Texas, scoring either side of half-time in a 2-1 victory, but the US were far from convincing against their Group A opponents and ultimately fortunate to claim all three points.

Guzan himself was forced to make a couple of big saves in the opening six minutes and, in the face of some chaotic US defending in front of him, did well to limit the opposition to one goal.

The Villa man did have one awkward moment when he flapped at an 82nd-minute cross but he otherwise looked composed and could do little about Honduras’ earlier consolation strike.

Nevertheless, that was not the general consensus among fans who have become used to seeing Howard between the posts for the best part of a decade, with some taking to Twitter to voice their concern with his performance.

The 32-times capped keeper did receive a fair amount of praise at the same time but, amid speculation about a potential Villa exit, the criticism of his supposed shakiness will not be welcome.

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