A Clint Dempsey brace saw Jurgen Klinsmann's men secure a 2-1 win in Tuesday night's Gold Cup opener.
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.
Thank goodness for Dempsey and Guzan tonight. I think Haiti has a shot to take points of us. #USAvHON— RODRIGINHO (@Bkgooner43) July 8, 2015
Guzan scares me back there.— David Hinojosa (@hinojosa_david) July 8, 2015
America is seeing tonight why Aston Villa benched Brad Guzan. But he's starter material in Klinsmann's eyes, because he plays in Europe.— Shaun Williams-Wyche (@shaunnol) July 8, 2015
Guzan is dreadful compared to Tim Howard— Cam Widdoss (@CWiddoss) July 8, 2015
Guzan has some huge shoes to fill for Tim Howard and he's doing a pretty swell job #usmnt— Chloe'⚽ (@ChloeCap13) July 8, 2015
Dear Klinnsmann .. get rid of Guzan.— Christopher Lyke (@chrislyke) July 8, 2015
I really dont and have never trusted Guzan in my life— Chad Aucoin (@chad_aucoin) July 8, 2015
It’s time to bring back Tim Howard. Not to play goal, Guzan is fine, but he’s not willing to pop one of these defenders in the mouth.— Brian N'Dmock (@BrianoMobile) July 8, 2015
Guzan is playing really well. Very aggressive and authoritative. He is fighting for that spot.— Sam Kasner (@SammyKas) July 8, 2015
it's going to be a nervous couple of years with Brad Guzan in goal and controlling the defense...— Michael Hawkins (@MHawkATL) July 8, 2015
Brad Guzan has been the best player in this game! No doubt! #USMNT— Efrain Wiggins (@Lil_Efrain) July 8, 2015
Guzan, one of the worst GKs in the Premier League, looking like a superstar tonight. What a time to be alive.— Val (@valcantweet) July 8, 2015
Brad Guzan is playing like Neuer— JT Farabow (@jayytehh) July 8, 2015
Is that Neuer or Guzan?— James O'Brien (@jimbob_avfc19) July 8, 2015
Guzan for president— gabby (@gabbyvents) July 8, 2015
Guzan = godly— Campbell⚽️ (@RachelLaurenC25) July 8, 2015
Guzan's having a hell of a game— Ravishing Davey Rude (@DispatchDave) July 8, 2015
Guzan, a beast tonight.— Michael Pastor (@mikejpastor) July 8, 2015
I could start over Guzan— . (@xAlexLFC) July 8, 2015
Guzan has been excellent on a lot of awkward, straight on balls tonight.— Brian Ford (@bford1120) July 8, 2015
I like the way Guzan has played tonight. Aggressive lines, cutting balls and runs down, great position and anticipation. #GoldCup2015— Nick Waddell (@RaTBate) July 8, 2015