Another year in the books and another World Cup qualified for. It has been a long and trying hex, but to finish the qualifying campaign top of the group and tied for the most points ever by a US team, feels unbelievable! After the loss in Honduras, many people questioned if we were good enough to qualify and if we could get the job done. The group of players through out the entire qualifying cycle continued to grow and develop together and as a result, our performances got better and better. For me, the highlight of the hex had to be the infamous “Snowclasico” game in Denver. It was a game and experience that I will not soon forget and to get the 3 points made it that much sweeter! I remember when we qualified for South Africa and I have to say, the celebrations this time around were a little more enjoyable after we beat Mexico in Columbus.
Now that we have qualified, we have to turn our focus to the summer ahead and the preparations that go into competing at a World Cup. With 2013 coming to a close, everyone’s attention will be on the draw for the World Cup on Dec. 6th. It will start to shape the World Cup and as players we will all start to turn our focus to the opposition.
Until next time,
Guzan is a current member of the U.S. Men’s National Team. He received the first of his 24 international caps when the U.S. played Guatemala in Frisco, Texas, on February 19, 2006. Brad was the goalkeeper in the now infamous “SnowClasico” match against Costa Rica, keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 win. Four days later, he played the full 90 minutes as the U.S. played Mexico to a 0-0 draw at Estadio Azteca, marking only the second time in history that the U.S. took a point away to Mexico in World Cup Qualifying. He has earned a remarkable five shutouts in eight career appearances in qualifying. At the club level, Guzan is currently the starting goalkeeper for Aston Villa F.C. of the Barclays Premier League. He has made over 50 appearances in league play since joining the club in 2008.