As the USMNT prepares for their crucial Confederations Cup playoff match against Mexico in October, focus has now shifted toward their upcoming preparation friendlies against Peru and Brazil in September. The U.S. team has received a big boost with the news that both Tim Howard and DaMarcus Beasley would not only be available, but would be recalled to the team, manager Jurgen Klinsmann confirmed to U.S. Soccer on Wednesday.
Beasley had announced his retirement from international football back in December, but was recalled to the United States squad ahead of the past summer’s Gold Cup. After picking up an injury in his first training session, Beasley was forced to sit out nearly the entire knockout round, coming on for just the final 30 minutes of the third-place match.
Though the third-place match was billed as a send-off game for Beasley, the winger turned defender isn’t going away just yet. Following the match, both Beasley and Klinsmann indicated that neither of them was shutting the door on future national team appearances. The two spoke after the Gold Cup and when Klinsmann indicated that he wanted Beasley to return to the team, Beasley jumped at the opportunity, Klinsmann said.
Tim Howard makes his return to the national team a year after he announced he would be taking a one-year sabbatical to spend time with his family. Howard is aware that he will have to fight for his place on the team and that right now he is behind Brad Guzan in the pecking order.
“He knew it was not going to be easy to come back because obviously Brad Guzan established himself as the number one and played a very good tournament and the whole year he did a really good job. Tim has accepted for the time being to be the number two and then down the road there will be a fight for the number one spot like in every position. He accepted that,” Klinsmann told U.S. Soccer.
“Like DeMarcus Beasley, having Tim Howard back on board gives the group a tremendous amount of quality and experience and leadership so we are thrilled.”
The U.S. takes on Peru on September 4 at RFK Stadium in Washington DC before taking on Brazil four days later (September 8th) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.