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For the last few years, Guzan has appeared to be the strongest contender to replace USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard, when Howard reaches the end of his storied career.
However, much like on the USMNT, Guzan has spent much of his club career as a No. 2.
At Aston Villa, Guzan has been the backup to fellow U.S. international Brad Friedel, and, more recently, Irish international Shay Given.
While Guzan deputized well for Given this past season while Given was hurt, Guzan was released by the club at the end of the 2012 season.
However, it has recently been reported that Guzan is close to re-signing with the club.
Perhaps Guzan has been given assurances that he will be able to compete with Given for the starting job, or that Given, who is 36, is going to retire at the end of the season with Guzan the heir-apparent.
However, at a position in which the back-up rarely gets a start, even in cup competitions, Guzan in a back-up position for yet another season is both bad for him and the USMNT.