Liga MX

GK Howard won't start for US vs. Mexico

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

WASHINGTON (AP) Tim Howard returned to the U.S. soccer team knowing he'd be playing behind Brad Guzan at least through mid-October.

Just don't call the 2014 World Cup standout a "backup."

After coach Jurgen Klinsmann Wednesday said Guzan would remain his starting goalkeeper - barring injury - through a critical playoff match against Mexico, Howard refuted the suggestion he'd view himself differently.