The Aston Villa goalkeeper was beaten twice as Jurgen Klinsmann's side lost 2-0 in the opening game of the Copa America Centenario.
The US national team made a disappointing start to their Copa America Centenario campaign on Friday night, losing 2-0 to Colombia at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Cristian Zapata opened the scoring in the eighth minute when he escaped his marker at a corner and sent a thumping header past US goalkeeper Brad Guzan, before Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez converted a spot-kick just before half-time after DeAndre Yedlin was penalised for a handball in the box.
Clint Dempsey had the best two chances for the hosts shortly after the hour mark when saw a header cleared off the line and then forced a save from David Ospina with a free-kick soon after, but that was about as close as Jurgen Klinsmann’s men came to threatening a comeback.
Guzan, for his part, couldn’t much about either goal and made a handful of decent saves over the course of the match to prevent the scoreline from looking worse.
The Aston Villa keeper was named as the USA’s No. 1 over Tim Howard before the tournament after producing some solid performances for Klinsmann’s side during the past 12 months, but his fortunes at the international level have been in stark contrast to his recent club experiences.
An increasing number of costly errors caused the 31-year-old stopper to be dropped, briefly reinstated then dropped again over the second half of last season as Villa finished bottom of the Premier League with just 17 points, and it now remains to be seen whether he still has a future in the Midlands.
Those struggles haven’t exactly convinced US fans that he deserves to be playing over former long-time starter Howard, and though he wasn’t to blame for the result against Colombia, his performance on the night didn’t seem to do much to change their views either.
Here’s how some of them reacted on Twitter to his display…
Guzan off his line like fat kid chasing the ice cream truck #USMNT— Brendan Flaherty (@Flats3) June 4, 2016
So little faith in Guzan, it's hard to look at him. I wonder if he feels the same way when he looks in the mirror. Eek. #USMNT— MLSPodcast (@TheMLSPodcast) June 4, 2016
Seems like there’s been confusion by Guzan on whether he’s coming out for ball or not. Unsure if it’s defense or Guzan, though. #USMNT— Massive317 (@Massive317) June 4, 2016
If Tim Howard is done, #USMNT has got to find other options. Brad Guzan does not look like the answer in the net.— Brian Wedig (@BrianWedge88) June 4, 2016
Does Jurgen realize how many goals Guzan allowed for Villa this year? #USMNT— Connor Lade Fan Club (@seanmelcher1) June 4, 2016
I'd still start a Tim Howard that barely played for Everton all season than Brad Guzan #USMNT— Jerrick Adawag (@aznjerrick) June 4, 2016