Howard plays as US fall to Guatemala

, 25 March, 4comments  |  Jump to most recent
Tim Howard tied Kasey Keller's record for appearances in World Cup qualifying for the United States as they were beaten 2-0 in Guatemala City this evening.

The 36-year-old was handed a start for the first time since his last Everton appearance two months ago but his goal was breached twice in the early going.

An unfortunate bounce off Mix Diskerud caught Howard off guard following a corner and bounced into the corner of the US goal after six minutes.

The Americans' defence was then caught napping by Carlos Ruiz who raced away from a goal kick to slot past Howard and make it 2-0 which it remained until half time.

The US pressed for a way back into the game in the second half but couldn't find a way past Paulo Motta in the Guatemala goal.  

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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 26/03/2016 at 15:44:39
The States must be in a bad state to actually lose to Guatemala.
Jim Hardin
2 Posted 26/03/2016 at 22:09:00
Largely an MLS squad with 5 of the players playing out of position, which came back to kill us on both goals. Took the other team far too lightly mostly because going into the game, Jurgen Klismann said we only needed about 6 points more to qualify for the Hexagonal which determines who goes.

Klinsmann told the press, when questioned about players' anticipated positions earlier in the week, that, while he understands their club managers play them in certain places, he thinks they should play other spots. If he used the term "phenomenal", I would swear I was suffering from déjà vu.

Tim Greeley
3 Posted 26/03/2016 at 22:32:26
What the hell man!??! Guatemala!? I think this match meant something too right... qualifying for some ungodly competition. Oh well, we better watch out for Belize.... and I hear St Kitts and Nevis is out for some US ass stomping.

This international break is bullshit. I'd rather be hating being an Everton fan than hating being an America fan.

Brian Porter
4 Posted 27/03/2016 at 07:08:10
Am I the only one who thought Tim was slow in reacting to Guatemala's first goal? I know it took a slight deflection but he really should have got down quicker and pushed it round the post.

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