Tim Howard Profile
|Born||Mar 06, 1979|
|Birthplace||North Brunswick, New Jersey, United States|
Having made hundreds of appearances in the Premier League and for the United States, this is a player who is an American soccer icon. Planet Sport takes a look at his incredible career.
Tim Howard currently plays as goalkeeper for USL Championship club Memphis 901 FC. He is also minority owner and sporting director of the club.
The player began his career in the United States with MetroStars before a move to Manchester United in 2003 shot him to superstardom.
After a solid start to life at Old Trafford, the man from New Jersey began to make a few errors and was no longer first choice under manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
A move to Everton followed in 2006 and it was at Goodison Park that Howard began to show his true worth in English football.
He made 441 appearances for the Merseyside club, including a run of 210 consecutive Premier League games.
After 10 years with the Toffees, he returned to the US to play for Colorado Rapids in the MLS. Following four years in Denver, he moved south to Memphis to see out the final years of his playing career.
A commanding presence between the posts, Howard won 121 caps for the USA.
He played in both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups and was named man of the match as the US held England to a 1-1 draw in their 2010 tournament opener.
Although he played for global giants in Manchester United and represented his country, it is his time with Everton that Howard remembers most fondly.
Career at Manchester United
Manchester United were looking for a keeper to replace Frenchman Fabian Barthez and paid $4million for Howard's services midway through the 2003 MLS season.
He was immediately thrown into action and saved a crucial penalty as United beat Arsenal to win the 2003 Community Shield.
Things seemed to be progressing well and he put in a few notable displays, including in an FA Cup victory over rivals Manchester City.
However, in March 2004, a Howard error gifted Porto a goal, leading to United's exit from the Champions League.
His confidence took a hit and Ferguson dropped him in favour of Roy Carroll.
The big American was back in favour by the time the FA Cup final came around and he played his part as the Red Devils beat Millwall to lift the trophy. Howard was then named in the PFA Best XI of that season.
The 2004/05 season saw Howard and Carroll trade places in the starting XI, with patches of bad form for both keepers seeing them dropped at times.
Howard made 12 Premier League appearances and 27 in all competitions but it seemed United had lost confidence in him.
Surprisingly, he signed a new contract at Old Trafford taking him up to 2009 but it always seemed unlikely he would see it out.
The writing was on the wall when Ferguson bought Dutchman Edwin van der Sar from Fulham and immediately installed him as the club's number one.
Howard made just one league appearance and five more in other competitions in 2005/06 before leaving to join Everton on loan ahead of the 2006/07 campaign.
Although initially a loan deal at Everton, the writing was on the wall at United and Howard did not play for the club again.
Howard was given an immediate vote of confidence at Goodison Park, being made the club's first-choice keeper.
He made 36 Premier League appearances in his first season and penned a permanent deal in February 2007. Everton paid Man United around $4million for his signature.
Howard became a regular fixture between the posts, racking up 36 league outings in 2007/08 before playing every game of the next four seasons.
He saved two penalties against Man United in an FA Cup semi-final in April 2009 to ensure Everton reached the final, where they lost to Chelsea.
His stock continued to rise and, in 2008/09, he set a club record for the most league clean sheets in a season.
Between September 2007 and March 2013, Howard played in 210 consecutive Premier League games before a finger injury forced him to sit one out. He was two games short of equalling Neville Southall's club record.
In the 2011/12 season, Howard scored his first professional goal, beating Bolton's Adam Bogdan with a long clearance that bounced over his opposite number's head and into the goal.
Out of respect for a fellow keeper, he refused to celebrate.
In March 2012, he signed a new deal to keep him on Merseyside until 2016 which was extended to 2018 two years' later.
With age came a few errors and injuries, with long-term understudy Joel Robles given game time at his expense.
He made 354 Premier League appearances for Everton and 414 in all competitions before leaving to join Colorado Rapids in 2016.
Already a club legend, Howard's parting words to the Toffees' fans ensured he will always be welcome at Goodison Park.
He said before his final match for the club: "I will remain an Evertonian for life. This will always be my team, my club."
Return to MLS
It was revealed in March 2016 that he would be returning to the US to play in the MLS for Colorado Rapids.
Penning a three-and-a-half-year deal at DSG Park, he was given the number one shirt and a starting berth.
Howard showed solid form, saving three penalties in a shootout against LA Galaxy to see his side advance to the MLS playoff semifinals.
They were eliminated at the last-four stage by Seattle Sounders.
He made 100 appearances in MLS for Colorado, exhibiting the same commanding presence that had made him a firm fans' favourite while at Everton.
In January 2019, he announced that the 2019 MLS campaign would be his last as a professional.
Howard confirmed his retirement in the October of that year but then made a U-turn to sign for Memphis 901 in March 2020.
Nicknamed the 'Secretary of Defense' by US fans, in typical Howard fashion, he refused to get too sentimental in his final season for Rapids, stating his aim was to "compete hard".
A "desire to win" saw him come out of retirement and it would surprise nobody to see Howard move into coaching after he finally hangs up his gloves.
International career with the United States
Howard is widely regarded as a legend among fans of the United States national team, having earned an incredible 121 caps.
After playing for the Under-20s and Under-23 side, he was Brad Friedel's deputy at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and made his debut for the full side against Ecuador in 2002.
Howard was selected in the squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany but acted as back-up to Kasey Keller.
Bob Bradley then promoted him to first choice and he starred for America as they won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, beating Mexico in the final.
He kept his place for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, helping the US reach the final.
This time, Brazil proved too good, winning 3-2, but Howard was awarded the Golden Glove for top goalkeeper of the tournament.
The 2010 World Cup took place in South Africa and, once again, Howard was given the nod to start for the USA.
The Stars and Stripes drew their first match with England, going on to qualify for the knockout stage by winning their group.
Howard was outstanding throughout but could not prevent his side exiting the tournament at the last-16 stage with defeat to Ghana.
Mexico gained revenge for 2007 by beating the Americans in the final of the 2011 Gold Cup, with Howard winning the 'save of the tournament' award.
The man from North Brunswick won his 100th cap on June 7, 2014, in a World Cup warm-up match against Nigeria.
He starred as the USA drew 2-2 with Portugal in their World Cup opener, winning the man-of-the-match award - a feat he repeated in the next match against Belgium.
It was during that contest that he broke the record for the most saves in a match, with 15 to his name in a 2-1 loss.
He took a break after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and therefore missed the 2015 Gold Cup. However, he returned to the side and played his part as the US claimed the 2017 Gold Cup with victory over Jamaica in the final.
With the US failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Howard decided to end his international career as the most capped goalkeeper in US men's national team history.
Howard was born in New Jersey and his parents separated while he was just a baby. He was diagnosed with both Tourette syndrome and OCD when he was 12 years old.
However, he has been quick to point out that the afflictions did not impact on his soccer career.
He was spotted as a youngster playing in local leagues and played in midfield as well as in goal while also excelling on the basketball court.
He is divorced from Laura Cianciola Howard and the couple have two children. Howard is a Christian and has said that Christ is the "most important" thing in his life.
He has worked with children suffering with Tourette syndrome and tattoos on his arm and torso shows his support for PETA's 'Ink, Not Mink' anti-fur campaign.
In addition to his work with Memphis 901, Howard became part-owner of English fifth-tier club Dagenham & Redbridge in September 2018. He is also an international ambassador for Everton.
His autobiography, 'The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them' was published in 2014 and generally well received.
The book deals with all aspects of his career. In it he revealed that having Tourette's enhanced his perception and gave him an ability to "hyper-focus" during matches.
Howard continues to play soccer at a lower level in Memphis and will always be remembered for his time with the US national side.