Tim Howard Speaker Profile
Tim Howard Biography
Tim Howard was born March 6, 1979 and is an American soccergoalkeeper who plays for Everton of England and the United States men'snational soccer team.
In May 2006 a deal was agreed between Manchester United and Everton that wouldsee Howard join the Merseyside club on loan for the 200607 season. Everton looked to Howard as areplacement for their newly-retired goalkeeper Nigel Martyn, in much the sameway as Manchester United, when they were involved in the search for a successorto Peter Schmeichel (after many unsuccessful replacements). Howard made hisEverton debut against Watford onthe opening day of the season. Since his debut, Howard has established himselfas Everton's first-choice goalkeeper.
On February 14, 2007, Everton announced that Howard hadsigned a permanent deal with the club through the 201213 season. The permanentdeal was believed to be worth around 3 million, but the exact fee paid byEverton remains undisclosed.
On April 28, 2007, Everton faced Manchester United atGoodison Park. Howard did not participate in the game, and there was somespeculation that this came from a clause in his loan contract which states thathe cannot take part in games against Manchester United. However, since apermanent deal had been signed by the two clubs, such a clause would not bepermitted. This was investigated by the Football Association and according tosome newspapers, both Everton and Manchester United could have been fined forthis and possibly receive point deductions. But the British newspaper The Sun,however, held it to be more likely that this affair would result in a tighteningof the rules on loan deals. The F.A. eventually stated that neither ManchesterUnited nor Everton had broken any rules regarding Howard's transfer and thatboth clubs had confirmed that Everton had been free to play Howard againstManchester United if they had wished to do so. He made his 100th appearance forEverton against West Ham United, on November 8, 2008. On April 19, 2009, in theFA Cup semi final, he saved two penalties against his former club ManchesterUnited in a penalty shoot-out to send Everton to the final against Chelsea.During the 200809 season Howard set the club record for most league matchclean sheets in a season. Howard started the 200910 season in fine form forEverton with four consecutive clean sheets, including away to Portsmouth wherehe excelled to help his team secure a 10 win and claimed the Man of the Matchaward for his performance. Howard captained Everton for the first time in a 33draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on December 12, 2009.
Howard started for the United States national team in the 1999 World YouthChampionship in Nigeria and was a backup to Brad Friedel at the 2000 SummerOlympics. On March 10, 2002, he received his first senior cap, against Ecuador.On May 2, 2006, Howard was named as one of three goalkeepers on the U.S. rosterfor the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, but served as a backup to Kasey Keller.Howard has become the team's first choice keeper under Bob Bradley and startedin the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, a 21 win over Mexico.
He was the starting keeper for the 2009 Confederations Cup,including the semifinal in which the U.S. upset Spain, then the numberone-ranked team in the world. Howard's eight saves earned him his first cleansheet of the tournament and the first shutout of the Spanish side since 2007.Following the United States' second place finish in the tournament, Howard wasawarded the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper.
Howard is the starting keeper for the 2010 FIFA World Cup,in South Africa.
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