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.
Guzan blows. What is Tim Howard thinking? #USAvMEX— Jonathan Marshall (@j_d_marshall) October 11, 2015
In other news, Brad Guzan is showing just how good Timmy Howard is. #USAvMEX— Pastor T2 (@Tony_Anobile) October 11, 2015
How does Guzan start over Howard? Boggles my mind #byebyejurgen— Brian Garland (@2_cart_king) October 11, 2015
You don't start Guzan over TIM HOWARD— Robby Jacobs (@RobbyJacobs3030) October 11, 2015
Brad Guzan isn't at the level of a Tim Howard. Guzan blew the semi-final and he stunk tonight. Tim Howard should've been in goal. #USAvMEX— Adam (@MikeTobacco) October 11, 2015
I hate Guzan tho. Howard really need to come back— Sir Most Curved (@Most_Curved_) October 11, 2015
I can't help but watch the replay of the last goal from behind Guzan and think that Howard saves that shot.... #USMNT— Ryan Larkin (@Larkin8) October 11, 2015
No question - play Howard tonight and he saves at least 2/3 of those. Better shot stopper and instinct. No reason to play Guzan tonight— Uncle Sam (@Goldstein_1) October 11, 2015
Why is Guzan still goalkeeper? Put Tim Howard already.— Nick TheNotSoGreat (@simpl3_en0ugh) October 11, 2015
YOU PLAY BRAD GUZAN (who admittedly had a pretty good game) WHO HAS BEEN ABSOLUTE CRAP IN ENGLAND OVER THE BEAST MACHINE THAT IS TIM HOWARD?— James A Tiller (@25and1) October 11, 2015
Where's Tim Howard...GET RID OF GUZAN!!— Rich Feistel (@richfeistel) October 11, 2015
Still can't wrap my head around the fact Guzan started over Howard #USAvsMEX— Marcus Geringswald (@The_Darkest7) October 11, 2015
Guzan is the reason this team is gonna go down hill I hope y'all know that I'm DEAD ASS PISSED HOWARD DESERVES HIS #1 back— Shania⚽ (@sshaannia) October 11, 2015
I'll never understand how you can start brad guzan over Tim Howard?— Robbie Woodard (@RobbieWoodard34) October 11, 2015
We can all agree that Brad Guzan isnt the right man for the job. Bring back timmy!! #USAvMEX— Fawkes (@V1Attitude) October 11, 2015
Why didn't Tim Howard start as goalie for the USA tonight? Because Guzan isn't the anaswer— Cameron Crazie (@Spencerhuber11) October 11, 2015
#USAvMEX Tim Howard saves that last volley. Guzan miss timed it and was in the air, not set and ready to drive right.— sidebyside (@bold411) October 11, 2015
Still can't believe that klinsmann started Guzan over Howard— Angelo Tercero (@Gelokilla15) October 11, 2015
Still salty bout Guzan and Tim Howard decision— Shania (@sshaannia) October 11, 2015
not saying Guzan is a bad player, but you can't go against Mexico and have Howard on the bench, whether he was gone for a year or not.— Dayne Retherford (@Dayne_R) October 11, 2015
Dear Jurgen Klinsmenn, it might be time to start looking for a new job. Brad Guzan is not a starting goalie, stop putting him in. #USAvMEX— davelotto (@davelotto) October 11, 2015
Guzan is just not a starting international goalie... He just isn't #USAvMEX— Ryan Chieffo (@sphincter_says) October 11, 2015
#USAvMEX. I believe that the Brad Guzan experiment is over. Simply not the same team with Brad back there.— Stephen Lynch (@Lynch_nd1063) October 11, 2015