Brad Guzan will report to the United States Men’s National Team during the FIFA international break that takes place between MLS’s Decision Day (this Sunday) and the first round of the MLS Cup playoffs.
USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter appears to favor Guzan as one of his top three goalkeepers after making a start in the senior team’s last international match — a friendly in St. Louis against Uruguay. The difference now is that these games in the newly formed CONCACAF Nations League are competitive fixtures. There’s a table and everything. Yippee.
“This is competitive soccer. Anytime there is a trophy on the line is exciting, and in the inaugural Nations League we want to put ourselves in a position to win the tournament,” Berhalter said in a statement published by U.S. Soccer.
As far as Atlanta United is concerned, this is probably good news insomuch as I’m writing this post about Guzan and only Guzan. Many of us on this site and our community have clamored in the past for players like Miles Robinson and Darlington Nagbe to be part of this group, but considering the time of year, it’s very much a good thing that those players will stay in Atlanta and continue to train with Frank de Boer and his staff.