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Tim Howard

Men's National Team
  • PositionGoalkeeper
  • Date of BirthMarch 6, 1979
  • Height6-3
  • Weight210
  • ClubEverton (England)
  • World CupCaps: 8 Shutouts: 1
  • CareerCaps: 104 Shutouts: 35
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Tim's mother is from Budapest and it was his Hungarian grandfather that introduced soccer to him at a young age

Playing History

MNT

Made 15 saves against Belgium on July 1 in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a World Cup record
Recorded his 100th cap against Nigeria on June 7, 2014, becoming just the 15th player in U.S. MNT history to get to 100 caps
Howard also became the all-time leader in caps (currently at 104) and wins (55) by a U.S. MNT goalkeeper
Is currently 11th overall with 104 caps
One of five players to play every minute of 2010 FIFA World Cup
Twice been the No. 1 goalkeeper when the U.S. finished in first place in final round World Cup qualifying
Started in goal when the U.S. beat Mexico in Mexico for the first time in team history
Backstopped team to the 2007 Gold Cup championship
Served as back-up to Kasey Keller at 2006 World Cup
Made his debut on March 10, 2002, a shutout against Ecuador 

Youth National Teams

Served as backup to Brad Friedel at 2000 Olympics
Starter at the 1999 U-20 World Youth Championship in Nigeria
Squad member at 1995 U-17 World Youth Championship in Ecuador

Professional

Everton (2006-current: under contract to 2016)
Set Premier League Record for consecutive appearances with the same club (210 - Sept. 30, 2007 - Feb. 23, 2013). Note:  American GK Brad Friedel holds the record for consecutive appearances with > 1 club at 310 and is only other with more than 200.
Manchester United (2003-2007)
Won FA Cup in 2004
Replaced France World Cup GK and was replaced by Dutch World Cup GK Edwin Van der Sar
MetroStars (1998-2003)          
North Jersey Imperials (1997; USL D-3 Pro League - one month before HS graduation)

Youth clubs

Hillsborough Soccer Club

Honors earned

World Cup Man of the Match vs. England with eight saves in 1-1 draw in South Africa
Golden Glove at 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup; shutout Spain
EPL Goalkeeper of the Year in 2004
2001 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year (youngest to earn the honor)

Career Club History Map

Facing the Pain

Howard dislocated a finger against Brazil in Chicago in 2007, but kept playing.

In March 2013, during an FA Cup game against Oldham Athletic, he broke two bones in his back but played to the final whistle.

Withstood an Emile Heskey cleat to the ribs at 2010 WC. He took a painkilling shot of Toradol at halftime in order to continue.  With his health a major story after the rib injury, Tim showed up for a pool workout at the team base camp wearing a simple band-aid on his ribs to show it was just a 'little boo-boo' and for the laughs.

Plan B

-Had aspirations to be a professional basketball player; played through high school on an all-Middlesex County Tournament team with Duke's Jason Williams

-Drafted by Harlem Globetrotters in 2009

-Has started to appear on soccer broadcasts as analyst for NBC Sports for a new challenge

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“Talk is cheap, he's got to stand toe to toe and they've got to stand toe to toe with us for 90 minutes. And if he's still standing, then I'll take my hat off to him. But a lot of boxers talk too and they're looking up at the lights. And the next thing they know, they're trying to figure out how they got there.”

Overview
National Teams
Professional
Personal

An athletic and intelligent goalkeeper, Howard has cemented his place in the line of great U.S. goalkeepers. Since 2007, Howard has occupied the No. 1 position for the USA, and his leadership and big-game credentials have continued to flourish year after year. Howard is equally indispensable for Everton, where he has served as the undisputed starter for several years, making more than 200 appearances, and has led his team to places in European competition and the FA Cup final. Howard is a commanding veteran personality who is relied upon by his teammates for calmness and the ability to make key saves.

-Made 16 saves against Belgium on July 1 in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a World Cup record

-Started all of the U.S. MNT's 2014 FIFA World Cup games

-Howard has the most wins (55) and appearances (104) among U.S. goalkeepers, and also sits in second place in shutouts (35)

-Became the 15th player in U.S. history to get 100 caps when he started against Nigeria on June 7

-Moved ahead of Tony Meola with his 33rd-career shutout in a 2-0 victory against Jamaica on Oct. 11, 2013, that helped the U.S. MNT win its third straight Hexagonal

-Tied for first in team appearance with 15 in 2011 – a career high

-Holds second place on the all-time list for victories amongst U.S. goalkeepers

-His stellar effort in the 1-1 draw against England in the USA’s opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup earned him the Best Performance: Player award for the 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards

-One of five U.S. players to play every minute of the World Cup in South Africa

-His shutout against then No. 1-ranked Spain in the semifinal of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup helped him earn the Golden Glove award as the tournament’s best goalkeeper

-Finished the 2010 World Cup qualifying cycle with 13 appearances, earning six clean sheets and registering a 0.92 GAA as the team topped the final round standings while booking a place in South Africa

-Named the English Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year in 2004 while playing for Manchester United 


2014: Made 16 saves against Belgium on July 1 in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a World Cup record ... Appeared and started in eight games for the U.S., including all four games of 2014 FIFA World Cup ... Recorded his 100th cap against Nigeria on June 7, becoming just the 15th player in U.S. MNT history to get to 100 ... Became the all-time leader in caps (currently at 103) and wins (55) by a U.S. MNT goalkeeper ... 2013: Started in 12 matches, posting a 7-3-2 record while matching his career-high of five shutouts in a calendar year … Wore the captain’s armband for five games, including the USA’s 2-0 victory against Jamaica on Oct. 11 as the U.S. MNT won its third straight Hexagonal .. Howard moved ahead of Tony Meola for second all-time with his 33rd-career shutout against Jamaica at Sporting Park  in Kansas City, Kan. … Was Budweiser Man of the Match with a key second-half save that led to the USA’s scoreless draw against Scotland on Nov. 15 and assured the USA would finish 2013 with the best winning percentage in MNT history …2012: Started 12 games this year, a team high, and his Budweiser Man of the Match performance against Mexico led to the USA's first victory against El Tri on their home soil in 70 years and 25 attempts ... That performance was punctuated with his miraculous save on Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez in the 85th minute ... With starts in all six games in the Semifinal Round, he now holds 22 caps in qualifying ...  The 1-0 shutout against Jamaica on Sept. 11 in Columbus marked his ninth overall in qualifiers ... Blanked Italy in the history 1-0 win on Feb. 29 in Genoa ... 2011: Moved to second place all-time in goalkeeper wins with the victory against Slovenia on Nov. 15 in Ljubljana … Earned Man of the Match honors three times for his performance against Argentina, Honduras and France … The win against Honduras gave him his 37th career win and 25th clean sheet, putting him in third place all-time for shutouts … Played the full 90 minutes in 15 of the U.S.’s 17 matches, including every match in the CONCACAF Gold Cup … Led the team in minutes played (1350) … Finished the year tied with Carlos Bocanegra for most appearances, which were also a personal best … 2010: Started all four matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup … Posted six saves to earn Man of the Match honors in the 1-1 draw against England on June 12 in Rustenburg … Picked up his 20th career shutout in the 1-0 victory against Algeria on June 23 in Pretoria that put the U.S. through to the knockout phase … Making nine appearances on the year, he started eight consecutive matches beginning against Turkey on May 29 through the friendly on Oct. 9 against Poland …  2009: Thirteen appearances marked a career high … Earned FIFA’s Golden Glove award given to the best goalkeeper at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, making four appearances ... His eight-save effort against Spain in the semifinals earned him a second-straight Best of U.S. Soccer Award for Best Performance: Player … Started nine games in the final round of qualifying, keeping three clean sheets as the USA topped the CONCACAF Final Round standings … Began the year with a clean sheet against Mexico in a 2-0 victory to open the final round of World Cup qualifying on Feb. 11 in Columbus, Ohio … 2008: Earned U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year honors for the first time … Made nine appearances, all starts, keeping a career best five clean sheets … Featured against England, Spain and Argentina, turning in a Man of the Match effort at Giants Stadium against Argentina that also earned him the Best of U.S. Soccer Award for Best Performance: Player … Appeared in four qualifying games and earned three clean sheets, one of which came during a memorable Man of the Match performance in the 1-0 win against Guatemala on Aug. 20 in Guatemala City … 2007: Laid claim to the No. 1 goalkeeper spot by minding the nets for the majority of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup … In that tournament, he made four appearances, including a start in the final where his spectacular save from Adolfo Bautista’s shot in the 89th minute helped preserve a U.S. victory against Mexico … Made six saves and earned Man of the Match honors in the 1-0 loss to Switzerland on Aug. 22 in Göteborg … Finished the year with 10 appearances and three shutouts … 2006: A member the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, he served as the backup to Kasey Keller … Made two total appearances on the year, including one shutout against Venezuela on May 26 in Cleveland … 2005: Wore the captain’s armband and earned a shutout in the USA’s final match in 2006 World Cup qualifying, a 2-0 win against Panama on Oct. 12 in Foxborough … 2004: Club concerns and the stellar play of Kasey Keller limited his playing time for the U.S., as he only made three appearances … Earned a shutout in his World Cup qualifying debut, a 2-0 victory against El Salvador on Sept. 4 in Foxborough … Got his fourth career shutout against Honduras on June 2 in Foxborough … 2003: Made seven appearances … Posted two shutouts, including 0-0 draws against Mexico on May 8 in Houston and against Cameroon in the final match of the Confederations Cup … Despite the score lines, he was named Man of the Match for his stellar performances against both Turkey and Brazil in France … 2002: Earned a shutout in his first start for the U.S., a 1-0 victory against Ecuador on March 10, 2002, in Birmingham, Ala. … Followed with a second clean sheet in the USA’s final match of the year, a 2-0 win against El Salvador in Washington, D.C. … Under-23s: Was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team that placed fourth at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia … Under-20s: Started three games for the U.S. at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria, helping the team into the second round … Collected a bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg … Under-17s: Member of the U.S. team that competed at the 1995 FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Ecuador … First Appearance: March 10, 2002, vs. Ecuador … First Shutout: March 10, 2002, vs. Ecuador. 

2014: Currently in his ninth season with Everton in the Premier League...Has appeared and started in all 11 games, recording three clean sheets so far in the 2014-2015 season and playing all 990 minutes... 2013: Howard saw his consecutive Premier League appearances streak end at 210 as he was unavailable for Everton’s March 2 home game against Reading because of a hand injury … Howard was just two consecutive appearances shy of Everton’s record of 212 set by Neville Southall … Made 18 appearances in the 2013 portion of the 2013-14 Premier League season, including eight clean sheets … 2012-13: Posted a 14-7-15 record for Everton during the Premier League campaign … 2012: Surpassed 200 consecutive Premier League starts when he played in the 1-1 draw against Stoke City on Dec. 15, becoming the second player in history along with Brad Freidel to accomplish this feat ... Backstopped the squad to fifth place in the Premier League heading into the new year ... 2011: Played every minute of every Premier League match for Everton in the first half of the 2011-12 season … Posted a shutout in the 1-0 win against Blackburn Rovers on Aug. 27 … 2010-11: The perennial starter in league matches, at the end of 2010 he had started 126 consecutive games … Posted five shutouts in the first half of the 2010-11 season, including a 2-0 win on Oct. 17 against Liverpool … Added three more shutouts in wins against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea in the second half … 2009-10: Finished the 2009-10 campaign with 15 clean sheets in all competitions and 11 in EPL … Collected back-to-back shutouts on three occasions, including a stretch of three in March against Bolton, Manchester City and Wolverhampton … Started in both of Everton’s matches against Sporting Lisbon in the Round of 32 of the Europa League on Feb. 18 and 25, respectively … 2008-09: In his third season he posted a club record 17 clean sheets, helping Everton to a fifth-place finish in the EPL and an automatic berth in the Europa League … Featured in all 38 Premier League games for Everton and made an incredible 48 appearances in all competitions … Saved two penalties against former club Manchester United to send Everton into the 2009 FA Cup Final, where they would eventually come up short against Chelsea … Kept six clean sheets in a row during an unbeaten streak … Set a unique record by becoming the first Everton goalkeeper in history to have a goals against average less than 1.00 during his first 100 appearances … Memorably took on Standard Liege and fellow MNT defender Oguchi Onyewu in a UEFA Cup first round game … 2007-08: Started 36 out of Everton’s 38 league games and made 43 appearances in all competitions … Everton finished in fifth place in the league, qualifying for the UEFA Cup … Broke his finger while on international duty during a game against Brazil but missed just two games for the club … Made 151 saves during the season … 2006-07: Was loaned to Everton from Manchester United, where he quickly established himself as the starter … Made 38 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees and guided his club to a spot in the UEFA Cup for 2007-08 … Anchored a backline that gave up only 36 goals in the Premier League, good for fifth best … Signed a four-year deal for Everton in February of 2007 … 2005-06: Deputized for Dutch international Edwin van der Sar for much of the 2005-06 season at Manchester United … Presided over United’s run to the semifinal round of the 2005-06 Carling Cup, only to be forced to watch as his team was eliminated by Blackburn … Posted a pair of shutouts in FA Cup third round advancement past Burton Albion, getting a 0-0 result on Jan. 7, before smashing them 5-0 on Jan. 18 in the replay … Signed a contract extension in April 2005 … 2004-05: Started the campaign as the No. 1 goalkeeper, minding the nets for the first nine matches … Backstopped United to the 2004-05 Carling Cup semifinal, where they lost out to Chelsea by a 2-1 aggregate score … In net for Man U’s 4-1 victory against Newcastle in the FA Cup semifinal … Finished the season with 12 shutouts in all competitions … 2003-04: Capped off a dream debut campaign with Manchester United when he was voted the EPL Goalkeeper of the Year, becoming the second straight American to earn the honor after Brad Friedel … Inked a transfer deal from the MetroStars to Manchester United on July 14 … Made his MUFC debut against Juventus in his hometown Giants Stadium on the team’s much-hyped tour of the U.S. … Earned his first silverware with United quickly thereafter, making two saves in a penalty shootout to lift the Red Devils past Arsenal after a 1-1 draw in regulation in the Community Shield … Recorded four shutouts in five matches in the first phase of the UEFA Champions League, including a victory against Rangers at famed Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow … 2003: Before leaving the MetroStars he appeared in 13 games and had three shutouts as the MetroStars challenged for first place during the season’s first half … 2002: Played in 27 of 28 regular season games, recording four shutouts … 2001: Became the youngest player to win the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award, recording four shutouts and a league-leading 146 saves … Named to the MLS All-Star Team … Played every minute of every MetroStars game … Finished the year with a 1.33 GAA, four shutouts and a 13-10-3 record … Received the MLS Humanitarian of the Year Award … 2000: Posted a 5-2-2 record with a 1.59 GAA, splitting time between the MetroStars and the U.S. Olympic Team … Started and won all three of his U.S. Open Cup starts … 1999: With the MetroStars, he made eight starts in nine contests … Had a 1.58 GAA and won just one match in a season in which the Metros won just seven games … Spent most of the season with the U.S. Under-20 MNT … He left the club to compete in the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria in April and the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg in July … 1998: Victorious in his MLS debut on Aug. 18 making five saves in a 4-1 win against Colorado at Giants Stadium (his only appearance of the year) … Played in one game with the Nike Project-40 Team, a 3-1 win against the Staten Island Vipers at Giants Stadium on May 6. 
Suffers from Tourette Syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by rapid and involuntary tics and vocalizations … Named to the Board of Directors of the Tourette Syndrome Association of New Jersey (TSANJ) in November 2001 … Appeared on the cover of ESPN the Magazine prior to the 2010 World Cup … Trained with Italian power AC Milan in November 1998 … Was considered one of the best basketball players in Major League Soccer and can easily dunk a basketball … Drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters in 2009  … Starred on the North Brunswick H.S. basketball team, where he beat former Duke All-American Jason Williams (then of St. Joseph’s of Metuchen) in the Middlesex County Championship game in 1997 … Has two children, Jacob and Alivia.
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