Tim Howard is the goalkeeper for the United States team during the 2014 World Cup. Here’s a look at Tim Howard and his career.
Tim Howard is 35 years old and was born on March 6th, 1979. He was born in North Brunswick, New Jersey and his parents actually ended up getting divorced when Howard was just three years old. His father, Matthew Howard, pushed Tim and his brother, Chris, to be more involved with sports. At an early age Tim showed a preference to soccer and basketball. By the time he entered high school he was playing both for his school. It was during this time where his talent of being a goalkeeper was discovered. When he was 15 he started playing for U.S. youth national teams. A month before graduating high school Howard played his first professional game with the now defunct team the Imperials.
More than just on American teams.
After the Imperials Tim Howard went on to play for the MetroStars. Being on this team caught the attention of Manchester United where he ended up playing from 2003-2007. Manchester United actually paid a transfer fee of $4 million dollars to sigh Howard in the middle of the 2003 season. In doing so Howard replaced Fabien Barthez. He started off well but unfortunately in March of 2004 he didn’t block a last minute goal from FC Porto which ended up kicking Manchester United out of the UEFA Champions League. After Manchester United Howard ended up joining Everton. Just like Manchester United Everton is an English football club. He’s been since with Everton and recently, as of April 2014, extended his contract with Everton until 2018.
USA all the way for the World Cup.
Although he’s been on a couple of English teams Howard still plays on the USA team in World Cup matches. In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa Howard played every minute of USA’s four games. This was his first World Cup appearance as a No1 because during the 2006 World Cup in Germany he served as deputy to Kasey Keller. During other cups he’s won several awards. Some of these awards included an award for being a starter at the CONCACAF Gold Cup of 2007 as well as being named the tournament’s best keeper during the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2009. This year for 2014 Tim Howard will once again take the field as the goalkeeper for the USA team.
Future plans after his career.
Since Howard is 35 years old he’s already been thinking about what he’s going to do once he’s done with his soccer playing career. He has stated that he would like to be a TV commentator and it sounds like there are plans to do so for him in the near future.