The two US national team keepers come up against each other at Goodison Park this afternoon.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has told AVTV that he is aiming to get one over on his fellow custodian and international teammate Tim Howard this afternoon when the claret and blues face Everton at Goodison Park.
Guzan, 31, had been Howard’s backup with the US national team since 2007 until his Toffees counterpart took a 12-month sabbatical from international football following the 2014 World Cup in order to spend more time with his children.
During his break, Guzan fought off competition from Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando to establish himself as the interim starter and went on to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup’s Golden Glove award for the tournament’s top goalkeeper in the summer, despite the team’s disappointing fourth-place finish.
Howard later returned to the US setup in September but the Villa keeper’s impressive form has since prompted head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to opt to rotate the pair until deciding on a No. 1 before next summer’s Copa America Centenario.
Guzan subsequently started the side’s 6-1 opening World Cup qualifying win over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines last week before Howard took his place between the posts for the following 0-0 draw in Trinidad and Tobago, but the 41-times capped custodian insists that he has no problem with sharing duties for the time being.
“Tim and I have obviously accepted what the manager’s chosen,” Guzan told AVTV. “You don’t really have a choice when the manager’s decided something – obviously you go along with it.
“But we know we’re both going to get games and at the same time we both want to do well and help the team. It’s all about trying to find a way to make sure that our team qualifies for the World Cup.”
|2015-16 Premier League||Team||Goals Conceded||Clean Sheets||Saves||Save %||Cross Claim Success||Total Keeper Sweepers||Sweeping Accuracy||Goal Kick Accuracy||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Brad Guzan||Aston Villa||20||2||39||73%||96%||12||83%||50%||12||1,080|
Villa’s clash with Everton sees Remi Garde take charge of his second match at the helm since replacing Tim Sherwood as manager earlier this month, having guided the club to a 0-0 home draw with Premier League leaders Manchester City prior to the international break.
Guzan himself put in an outstanding performance against Manuel Pellegrini’s men to help end his side’s seven-game losing streak in the top-flight, and the former Chivas USA star is now hoping to spoil close friend Howard’s afternoon with a similar showing at Goodison.
“It’s obviously another opportunity for to build on the Man City result and hopefully pick up some points,” he added. “I’ve seen enough of Tim over the last 10 days. I’m sure we’ll have a quick catch up, but come Saturday it’s going to be all business and a chance for us to pick three points.
“They’ve obviously got good players. They’re a good team that has finished high in the table over the past few years so for us it’ll be another tough game.
“But every game in the Premier League is difficult, and hopefully the performance from Man City can help us build and move forward.”