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Against Costa Rica, Tim Howard was at least partially culpable on two of the Ticos goals. He certainly could have done better on their second, a header which snuck by him as he slid across the face of the net. Many fans also believed he should have come off his line earlier on Costa Rica’s third goal.
After the game, a poll by American Soccer Now showed 60% of U.S. fans favoring Brad Guzan to start against Mexico in the upcoming match for the U.S.
With 300 votes in, 60% of ASN readers would rather see @bguzan start Tuesday's match against Mexico. vote here: http://t.co/yEU1yoG4Tl
— American Soccer Now (@ThisIsASN) September 9, 2013
That might seem fickle, but Guzan was excellent for the U.S. in their 0-0 draw at the Azteca in March and has been on fire in the English Premier League with Aston Villa over the past year.
However, on Tuesday, Howard proved he still has the chops to be a difference-maker for the U.S., making a number of fine saves to keep the USMNT in the game early. In the 19th minute, Howard stopped an excellent effort by parrying the ball wide after a Fabian Johnson giveaway led to a Mexican counterattack.
In the 44th minute, Howard had a great catch on a shot after Omar Gonzalez was too slow in stepping to a Mexican attacker. The goalie added a great low dive in first-half stoppage time to preserve the 0-0 scoreline.
In the second half, Howard stayed mistake free as the U.S. cruised to the win.