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Tim Howard travels a little better (okay, a lot) than Nick Rimando

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.

And then there was Rimando's more ... spartan, travel.

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.