After taking over for Kasey Keller as the USMNT number-one in 2006, Tim Howard has gone on to establish himself as one of world football’s most consistent goalkeepers.

However, with the World Cup now less than a year away, some sports bettingoutlets have suggested that Howard’s starting position in the US side could be under question after the sensational performances of Brad Guzan for Aston Villa. While Guzan has been tearing up trees in the English Premier League after replacing Shay Given as Villa’s number-one, the 29-year old has so far failed to dislodge Howard in the USMNT under head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann. But a remarkable couple of seasons in the Premier League, Guzan has made it pretty tough for the USMNT to keep restricting him to a back-up role.

In fairness to Howard, the Everton stopper has done everything to ensure he keeps his number-one spot for the US, but the emergence of Guzan over the past couple of seasons will give Klinsmann plenty to think about before next summer’s tournament in Brazil.

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According to an online betting source, Howard has made it clear he is not worried about the threat posed to his position by Guzan, highlighting his own consistent form and admitting he expects to keep his starting spot in the US side during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“No, I don’t feel any pressure, because I feel like I’ve been terrific [too], you know. I think if you look back over the last 12 months and you look at the number of games I’ve played and the stats, I don’t need to say any more,” said Howard after the Guzan question was asked of him ahead of the US’ final two World Cup qualifiers.

Do you think there should be any question that Tim Howard is the starting keeper for the USA? Or do you think that Brad Guzan has done enough at Aston Villa to deserve a shot on the world’s biggest stage? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Written by Celia Roche