Guzan, 29, is the leading contender to take the number one role after his fine displays with Villa and his willing work as a backup and occasional starter for several years. He possesses all the tools to establish himself as the starter and leave Howard with a difficult battle to reclaim his role when and if he returns to the scene.
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Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake goalkeeper
U.S. coach Jürgen Klinsmann named Rimando as his third goalkeeper for the World Cup after his consistent performances in MLS and his steady work at the CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer. If Guzan stumbles or slides out of the picture, then this veteran ‘keeper --now the holder of the MLS shutout record -- is next in line.
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Bill Hamid, D.C. United goalkeeper
Hamid is one of two goalkeepers often included by Klinsmann with one eye on the future. His form with United this season has played a significant part in the club’s resurgence, but he might have to wait his turn at the international level.
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Sean Johnson, Chicago goalkeeper
Johnson is the second goalkeeper often considered as a prospect for the future as he continues to improve week after week. Fire coach Frank Yallop praised Johnson’s improved consistency earlier this season. He will have to hold off Hamid and push his way through the veterans to display his shotstopping ability at the international level, though.
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Cody Cropper, Southampton goalkeeper
Klinsmann has included U.S. under-23 international Cropper in European-based training camps to integrate him into national team setup. He needs first-team matches on a regular basis to aid his development and state his claims for inclusion, but his potential will keep him firmly in the long-term frame if he continues to make progress.