The United States drew 2-2 away in El Salvador in World Cup qualifying, but despite not winning, goalkeeper Brad Guzan pointed out the positive points of the draw.
“Coming into the game we knew it was going to be a hostile environment,” Guzan explained. “When we went out there, it was everyone in our locker room against everyone in that stadium. It was good to be able to show that fight, to show that resilience to come back from two goals down with 20 minutes left or so and get a point.”
The Aston Villa stopper only took the gloves because regular 'keeper Tim Howard was suspended for yellow card accumulation. In a rare start, the 24-year-old conceded two goals, but brushed that aside in his usual chipper manner.
“That's the game,” he said. “On the first goal, they did well to link up and spring the guy free. On the second one, you always teach strikers to head the ball down, and that's exactly what happened. It was just one of those things where maybe on another day I'll keep that out of the back of the net. ”
While Guzan didn't do his starting chances any favors, the rest of the team didn't click into gear until the final 15 minutes either. A Frankie Hejduk goal and assist tied up the game late, and Guzan brushed aside a poor performance overall because of the last minutes.
“We weren't our best. We weren't sharp,” he said. “In saying that, though, we showed great determination to come back and tie the game and get a result.”
Zac Lee Rigg, Goal.com, with additional reporting from Andrea Canales in El Salvador