Another United States national team goalkeeper may be coming back to MLS.
Four Four Two's Paul Tenorio reports that Brad Guzan is "exploring a potential return to Major League Soccer in the January transfer window". He wouldn't require a Designated Player contract. Tenorio's second source indicates that the 32-year old might be "testing interest" instead of seriously considering a move.
Guzan has made 53 appearances for the national team and was recently displaced as the "number one" by Tim Howard. Despite a recent injury to Howard that will keep him out for at least four months, new U.S. manager Bruce Arena refused to name Guzan as the undisputed starter.
"No," Arena said. "Guzan likely is, but is anything automatic? No. But I think we need to look at other goalkeepers and strengthen that position a little bit because you never know the status of Tim Howard as a starting point."
Guzan has struggled over the past few years. Once seen as the heir apparent, he underwhelmed for a bad Aston Villa side and didn't inspire confidence when playing for the USMNT. Over the summer, he made what seemed to be an ill-advised move to recently promoted English Premier League side Middlesbrough, where he's made a mere three appearances.
Perhaps a change of scenery could be what he needs. Several MLS teams are in need of a change at the goalkeeper position. Four Four Two identifies New York City FC and the LA Galaxy as potential destinations, while Fox Soccer adds the Chicago Fire (Guzan is from Illinois), Real Salt Lake, the Portland Timbers, and the Philadelphia Union to the list. Ignoring salary cap constraints, Guzan would be an upgrade over almost every MLS goalkeeper.