Tuesday night's friendly match saw Jugen Klinsmann's side thumped 4-1 by the five-time World Cup champions.
Brad Guzan was a busy man on Tuesday night, as the US national team were outclassed by Brazil in a 4-1 defeat at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Brazil took the lead just nine minutes into the game when Willian took advantage of some poor US defending to set up Hulk for a simple finish, as the visitors proceeded to dominate the first-half.
Their second would not come until five minutes after the break, however, when half-time substitute and captain Neymar won and converted a penalty after being fouled by Stoke City’s Geoff Cameron in the box.
Fellow Barcelona forward Rafinha then added a third just after the hour following a swift counter-attack, before his skipper and club teammate grabbed his second goal of the game three minutes later to leave the US reeling.
The hosts finally got on the scoreboard in stoppage-time when Danny Williams sent a thunderous long-range strike past goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe but that was small consolation after being given the run-around for the entire night.
Guzan’s display was the only slight bright spot for Jurgen Klinsmann’s men, as the 30-year-old goalkeeper was forced to pull off a number of impressive saves while his defence let him down time and time again.
Nevertheless, with Everton counterpart and American fan favourite Tim Howard sitting on the bench after ending his 12-month international sabbatical this month, the Aston Villa No. 1's performance still garnered mixed reviews among supporters on Twitter during the match.
Already named the starter for next month’s crucial Confederations Cup play-off against Mexico, the claret and blue ace is looking to lock down the US starting job for good over the next few months, but support for the returning Howard still seems to be strong at this point.
Brad Guzan has to be better. That's just not good enough. #USMNT— Nyghtewynd (@Nyghtewynd) September 9, 2015
That goal wasn't Guzan's fault, but people will add it to their list against him to argue for Howard instead. #usmnt— Jay Bell (@JayBellHS) September 9, 2015
Guzan making it very obvious he doesn't consider himself a backup to Tim Howard. #USMNT— Jack McNamara (@Jack_The_Mc) September 9, 2015
Guzan has a habit of misjudging floaters. Cost the #USMNT a goal tonight.— Chris Hoenig (@Chris_Hoenig) September 9, 2015
I just don't feel good about the #USMNT chances when Guzan is the keeper.— Alchemy (@DW458) September 9, 2015
Guzan is so poor with his feet compared to Howard... Oh dear. #USMNT— B Larsen | Arsenal (@BLarsenAFC1886) September 9, 2015
We may not be the best in the field, but the #USMNT is pretty damn set at keeper with Howard on the way out and Guzan being the guy now— Shravan Malaney (@ShravanMalaney) September 9, 2015
Let's get this straight, it's not Guzan's fault the #USMNT is losing this game. Doesn't matter if Guzan or Howard is back there tonight.— 32 Flags (@32flags) September 9, 2015
How is Guzan better than Howard? Please tell me Jurgen? #USMNT— Albert Velasquez (@ajvelasquez07) September 9, 2015
Never thought Guzan was that great. Point proven on that 4th goal. Why are you practically standing next to your back line? #USAvBRA— Brent Thomas (@brentthomas26) September 9, 2015
4-0 to Brazil, but it's ok because Brad Guzan has that no. 1 shirt locked up while Tim Howard sits on the bench #USMNT— Pauly Kwestel (@pkwestelWFAN) September 9, 2015
Guzan is not the reason #USMNT is losing - But still Tim Howard has the chance to work the miracles needed to keep this disaster team close— Jake Stichter (@snakerjaker) September 9, 2015
It's not Guzan's fault. That defense is terrible. And they are getting beat by a more skilled, faster Brazillian team. #USAvBRA— Richard Lorenzo (@aekdbrich) September 9, 2015
Thinking this may be the end of the Brad Guzan Experience. You'd like to see your keeper save those last two #usmnt— Palmer (@Palmer2theMax) September 9, 2015
At least Brad Guzan got to prep for his return to Villa. #USMNT— A Pimp Named JoeyT (@JoeyTallywacker) September 9, 2015
Idk about you guys but Guzan hasn't exactly convinced me that he is ahead of Howard #usmnt— Anan (@A_usmnt25) September 9, 2015
If you're blaming Brad Guzan for any of the goals tonight then kys #USMNT— Claudio (@ClaudioCatejo11) September 9, 2015
#USMNT CB pairing is so bad, Guzan is longing to return to his Villa days of Baker & Vlaar.— The Gentleman Masher (@GentlemanMashr) September 9, 2015
Brad Guzan is not a bad GK, just he's not Tim Howard. That's it! #USMNT— Jesus Lazcano (@JesusLRdz) September 9, 2015
Let's be clear, Tim Howard wouldn't have made this better for the #USMNT. The back line was awful. No help for Guzan.— The Robert Morrison (@rs_morrison) September 9, 2015
Starting Guzan over Howard is like taking Wondolowski and Julian Green to the World Cup over Landon Donovan #USMNT— Brendan Flaherty (@Flats3) September 9, 2015
anybody else think #USMNT 's defensive problems could stem from having a different leader behind them?.... (Guzan over Howard)— D-A (@DAOliver20) September 9, 2015