Star sets out to claim first-choice role

Last Updated: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:38

Aston Villa's Brad Guzan is preparing to stake his claim to be the USA's first-choice goalkeeper at next summer's World Cup.

The 29-year-old will start for his country in their final World Cup qualifier against Panama on Tuesday night which represents a chance to impress USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann.

With their place at Brazil 2014 already sealed, the German coach has released Everton keeper Tim Howard - the States' number one since 2009 - from his squad.

Guzan has insisted he will not let his country down in his quest to make the spot his own.

"It's a huge chance to not only play but to prove to my team-mates and to the coaches that I can be counted on and step in and hopefully do a job for the team," he said.

"I try to look at myself as a number one and a guy that can be counted on. With goalkeepers, you never know. Something can happen in a warm-up or whatever. You come into training camp hoping to play, expecting to play to a certain extent. If your name isn't called, then obviously you're disappointed but you just have to keep fighting because that's what it's about."

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