The head coach of the USA national football team, Jurgen Klinsmann, is disappointed about the fact that his first choice goalkeeper Tim Howard will not be able to play in the upcoming world cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica and Mexico because of injury.
But, he also said that he has full faith in the abilities of the second choice goalkeeper Brad Guzan and he is backing him to do well in the upcoming matches.
Tim Howard had picked up a back injury while playing for his club Everton in a FA Cup match against Oldham. He collided with Robbie Simpson towards the end of that match. His back bone was fractured as a result of that collision and he is expected to be out of action for several weeks. As a result, Unibet have pushed out the odds of a US win online, with the Yankees looking ever increasingly unliekely to get the results they desire.
Brad Guzan hasn’t featured for USA too often in the recent past. The last time that he had played for the USA team was against Scotland in May last year. That was a friendly match and USA had won that by a huge margin of 5-1. Guzan had come to play as a substitute in that match. The last time that Guzan had started for USA was against Czech Republic three years ago.
However, Guzan has got regular starting chances for his club Aston Villa in this season and he has performed well.
When asked about the injury of Tim Howard, Klinsmann said, “It’s obviously disappointing that our first choice goalkeeper is out. But, we have got a fantastic back up goalkeeper in the form of Brad Guzan. He has been in good form for his club in this season. Hopefully, he will do a good job for us in the upcoming matches.”
USA will first take on Costa Rica on 22nd of March and then, will play against Mexico on 26th of March.