USA fans lambaste Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan on Twitter after Mexico defeat

Benteke Scores Past Brad Guzan

Jurgen Klinsmann's men missed out on a place at the 2017 Confederations Cup after a 3-2 extra-time loss to their bitter rivals at the Rose Bowl.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan came up with some crucial saves to keep the US national team in Saturday night’s CONCACAF Cup showdown with Mexico, but very few fans were talking about those at the final whistle.

Paul Aguilar’s goal deep into extra-time saw Jurgen Klinsmann’s side fall to a 3-2 defeat in front of a pro-Mexico crowd of over 90,000 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, as the hosts missed out on a place at the 2017 Confederations Cup with the loss.

Nevertheless, the result could have looked a whole lot worse were it not for Guzan, who bailed out his defence on several occasions with some big stops, including a spectacular 47th-minute block.

Unfortunately, though, the only slight mistake the 30-year-old seemed to make came on Aguilar’s 118th-minute strike, when his positioning left a lot to be desired, and that was enough to undo all his previous good work for a fair number of US supporters.

With the hugely experienced Tim Howard sitting on the bench after ending his year-long international sabbatical last month, some were questioning Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision to start the Villa no. 1 even before the game, despite his impressive showing at the Gold Cup this past summer in his Everton counterpart’s absence.

Unsurprisingly then, plenty of Twitter-based fans were decrying Klinsmann's decision to go with Howard's former long-time backup following the soul-crushing loss, with the following being just a mere sampling of the reactions.

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