While Tim Howard has rejoined the US Men’s National Team, he will be in a reserve role tonight against Mexico. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann told MLSSoccer.com that Brad Guzan would remain the starting goalkeeper for the Mexico match. Klinsmann told the website:
Since we are so [close to] the clash with Mexico we’re not making those changes right now. Brad is the No. 1, Tim is the No. 2, because he was gone for more than a year from the team. Once we have the Mexico game successfully out of the way, then we can think about splitting time. But now it’s really about getting consistency with the players and getting the job done in October.”
Howard seems determined to make sure the backup role at keeper is not permanent. He spoke recently to MLSSoccer.com about the decision:
I’ve never been a backup. I think that’s a mentality, you know? I work my tail off every day. I know what it means to compete at the highest level, to have a certain level of excellence. And I do that. I’ve never been a backup. I never will be. So that’s not something I worry about too much.”
Howard is with the team and could see action against Mexico if needed. Klinsmann has made it clear that he will be in a reserve role against Mexico. Howard has continued to tweet about his excitement for the match and being back with the team.