Tim Howard is the United States' backup goalkeeper. Nick Rimando is the third stringer. Both were on their way to Los Angeles for Saturday's CONCACAF Cup clash against Mexico - the national team's biggest match since last year's World Cup.
And they traveled a bit differently ...
There was Howard, with his expensive watch, Louis Vuitton iPad cover and ample leg room.
Flight mode...Next stop LAX #USMNT pic.twitter.com/8cPcTtJoXL— tim howard (@TimHowardGK) October 5, 2015
And then there was Rimando's more ... spartan, travel.
@TimHowardGK flight mode.. pic.twitter.com/PwkbVqckG1— Nick Rimando (@NickRimando) October 5, 2015
I guess it pays to be a former Manchester United starting goalkeeper, current Everton veteran and World Cup hero. It certainly does in comparison to being a long-time MLS player who plays in a smaller market and has never been his national team's No. 1. There's also the matter of an 11-hour flight vs. a two-hour one.
There will be no difference in their seats on Saturday, though. Both will be on the bench watching Brad Guzan.