Tim Howard reckons Pressure on US downgraded after WC Qualifier Wins

Tim Howard reckons that the pressure has lessened on the American side after they have managed to achieve a couple of decent results in the World Cup qualifiers of late.

America faced Trinidad and Mexico recently and while they would have liked to come out of those games with full 6 points, 4 points were not bad returns either.

They dominated Trinidad, but, couldna��t quite do the same to Mexico as that game ended in the form of a draw with both sides finding the net once each.

There was some criticism of the head coach Bruce Arena for the fact that he rested majority of the first choice players for the Mexico game.

The fans were of the view that the rotation was the reason why America couldna��t push for the win.

But, Howard defended the coach saying that he had to do it because of the short spacing between the matches.

As per Howard, if the matches had not been scheduled as close to each other as they did, there was no question of Arena fielding a second string side at Estadio Azteca.

For Howard personally, the qualifiers have proved to be brilliant so far because out of 5 of them that he has featured in, he has just let one ball go through him into the net which is something that has impressed Arena.

Ahead of the Trinidad game, Arena had made it clear that Howard was his no. 1 keeper going forward and Howard didna��t weaken his case with a solid performance in that game.

He was, however, left to warm the benches like the other mainstays when the team visited Mexico, but, there is little doubt that he would resume his duties between the sticks when America faces Ghana next month.




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