With the European and Mexican-based players in Miami this week for the transition camp having completed their club seasons, ussoccer.com will review their individual campaigns ahead of the selection of the Copa America Centenario roster. We begin the series today with the goalkeepers.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa): In a tough year across the board for Aston Villa, Brad Guzan did his best to stand his ground. He performed well in the English domestic cups, garnering FA Cup wins against Wycombe Wanderers and again in a Capitol One Cup victory in the Birmingham derby. Guzan ended the campaign with four clean sheets to his name.
Ethan Horvath (Molde): Only 20 years old, Horvath played his fair share of European football this season. He was stellar in the early qualifying rounds of the Champions League. Though Molde were knocked out of the competition, they advanced to the Europa League Round of 32 against Sevilla where, despite losing the series on aggregate, Horvath stood his ground in a 1-0 victory in the second leg. His early start to the domestic season is also promising, having made eight starts in helping his team to second place and only four points off the league leaders Rosenborg.
Tim Howard (Everton): In his 10th season at Everton, Tim Howard started 25 games while keeping seven clean sheets. A seven-save effort in a 6-2 win against Sunderland was a massive performance for the long-time Everton No. 1, who also put in quality shifts in wins against Southampton and Chelsea. He also kept the likes of Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero at bay in shutouts against Tottenham and Manchester City. On the last day of the season and in his last time in an Everton shirt, Howard got the start in a 3-0 win against Norwich. He was recognized with a Guard of Honor and standing ovation from the Goodison Park faithful following his 414th and final match for the club before transferring to Colorado Rapids this summer.