The 30-year-old goalkeeper produced an outstanding performance in Monday night's 1-1 draw with Panama.
The US national team had Brad Guzan to thank after earning a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Panama in Monday night’s third and final Gold Cup group game, as the 30-year-old goalkeeper put in an outstanding performance between the posts.
With the US on the back foot for most of the first-half, the Aston Villa man produced a fantastic 23rd-minute double-save to keep the game goalless, before his defence let him down 11 minutes later as Blas Perez was allowed to saunter in for the opener.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s men would improve after the break, with skipper and talisman Michael Bradley going on to find a 55th-minute equaliser, but they still required Guzan to bail them out on a few more occasions, including with a big diving stop towards the end.
With Everton’s Tim Howard not set to return from his self-imposed international sabbatical until September, the 33-times capped keeper has been using the summer’s tournament as an audition for the number one role and he did his chances of locking it up long-term a world of good on the night.
Looking commanding in the area, assured on crosses and impressive in his distribution, it was hard to find a fault with the Chicago-native’s performance, as he put his side into the quarter-finals as Group A winners and sent a message to Aston Villa bossTim Sherwood in the process.
Doubts have been cast over his future in the Midlands this summer after being dropped during last season’s run-in but, judging from the Twitter reaction to his latest shot-stopping heroics, he should have few problems earning his manager’s trust back.
BRAD GUZAN IS THE MAN— ísäbęl (@isabel_angela22) July 14, 2015
YUP, GUZAN is my number one forever and ever #USMNT— New American Game (@NewAmericanGame) July 14, 2015
Guzan is better than Howard idc— M4rL. (@Mark2Mex) July 14, 2015
Guzan is a freaking Life Savior!— J.Coleman (@Josh_Coleman19) July 14, 2015
Guzan just came up big..— Garrett (@GarrretttG) July 14, 2015
Brad Guzan is a boss!— Jacek Michael Grę (@jgrebski) July 14, 2015
Guzan! Wow!— Shaun Dunn (@Dunn30) July 14, 2015
Brad Guzan for prez— Connor Hawkes (@hawkes_connor) July 14, 2015
Brad Guzan put the team on his back.— Michael Jones (@JonesMH) July 14, 2015
Guzan is playing for Team Guzan and nobody else.— Brian Colligan (@briancolligan) July 14, 2015
Guzan is an animal— justin walker (@xlwalkerlx) July 14, 2015
Guzan has got to be Villa's number 1 after this tournament.— Jason Einsel (@JasonEinsel) July 14, 2015
Guzan just flipping Tim Sherwood the double bird— Rock Strongo (@GoodOpinionMan) July 14, 2015
Brad Guzan stepping into Tim Howard's shoes.— Josh Warner (@iamjoshwarner) July 14, 2015
You have to say, Brad Guzan is making a strong case that he's #1, no matter who's "ahead" of him.— Andrew Villegas (@ReporterAndrew) July 14, 2015
If it wasn't for Guzan, the U.S. would be down by 5— Kelsey (@littlekelss) July 14, 2015