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Tim Howard: 'The support has been immense'
by Paul Kennedy, July 2nd, 2014 10:46PM

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TAGS:  americans abroad, men's national team, world cup 2014

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[BRAZIL 2014] The toast of the World Cup on Wednesday was U.S. goalie Tim Howard, whose jaw-dropping performance against Belgium earned him the Twitter hashtag #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave. Howard said he is trying to take the attention in stride and will give himself some time to think about his future with the national team.

At 35, this should have been the last World Cup for Howard, who set a U.S. record for appearances by a goalkeeper with his eighth start on Tuesday in Salvador.

"I’m old, so I’ve been dealing with it for a while," he says of the attention. "I keep my feet on the ground and just figure out a way to deal with it. Like I said, it’s nothing new when you’re in the public eye. It’s nice that America knows about soccer. I think that’s what’s most important.”


He says he wasn't surprised by the social media buzz.

"There are some very creative and funny individuals out there," he said. "If it makes them happy, I think it’s quite funny.”

In April, Howard signed a four-year contract with Everton that will keep him at Goodison Park through the 2017-18, which would end on the eve of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

"That excites me, all the good things that are going on at that club, which obviously is a club that I love," he said. "What happens going forward with the national team? I don’t know. The emotions are too raw at the moment so I’ll let everything die down. I’ll speak to people who are close to me and the manager and decide what my future looks like. I don’t think it’s very black and white to be honest, so I need to figure all that out.”

From a European lens, he views the cyclical uptick in interest in soccer as a positive.

"Every four years, America gets behind this team," he said. "Obviously, we have a good following anyway, but [America] gets behind this team and really drives us forward. I live in Europe and there are a lot of European countries that don’t. They’re very cynical. Their team goes to the World Cup and they don’t do very well and everyone says, ‘I told you so.’ I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing that all the attention is on us every four years and that people take notice."

But he acknowledges it is hard to sustain that every day.

"Around the world, in Europe and Africa and Asia and South America, soccer is either the No. 1 sport or the only sport. In America, we’re competing with football, basketball, baseball, hockey. It’s not as easy a question as that, but the support has been immense.”

As for the just-completed run by the USA, Howard said it was important for the team's young players.

“The talent pool is rich," he said. "This was a very young team and even if guys didn’t play serious minutes, they were a part of this experience and they’ll be so much better for it in the coming years whether that be Copa America, Gold Cup, Confederations Cup, World Cup qualifying and on to the next World Cup."

He said the play of DeAndre Yedlin put a big smile on his face.

"He comes into the game and faces Eden Hazard and he never looked back," said Howard, "and Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League, or was one of them last year, and he’s a threat to anyone and DeAndre got his head down and dared him to come at him. I think it’s very exciting for U.S. Soccer.”


8 comments
  1. ROBERT BOND
    commented on: July 3, 2014 at 8:48 a.m.
    Everyone e-mail nike and complain they did not even offer a keeper shirt!
  1. G O
    commented on: July 3, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.
    I agree with Tim Howard. Anyone else take real note of that superb, full pace slide tackle done late in the game on Hazard by DeAndre Yedlin. Wow! Textbook perfect. More importantly, wholly effective. Yedlin's sprint to catch Hazard speaks to inner drive and commitment. Seattle Sounders, prepare now to lose DeAndre. Though I wish he would stay there and be one to show that a player can stay MLS and do just fine in international competitions.
  1. Rob Scheerer
    commented on: July 3, 2014 at 10:44 a.m.
    @G O you hit the nail right on the head. Yedlin's stock just rose after this WC. He can hang with the big boys,he's got youth. Sounders will have a hard time keeping him. OTOH, maybe Bayern will start playing Julian more. ;)
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: July 3, 2014 at 11:59 a.m.
    Yedlin was solid, but u guys forgot to mention when he was on the offensive, beat the left back into the box along the goal line, had tons of space in front of him and delivered a cross prematurely instead of drawing defenders to open lanes for his attacking teammates. That was a missing link in his development process, that scoring moment created, but squandered.
  1. ROBERT BOND
    commented on: July 3, 2014 at 11:59 a.m.
    Adrian Durham liked him........so far, no response from nike, so much for 24hr promised response...DFB could have used Julian up front, for that matter, if Loew won't patch things up with Kiessling.(Die Roten will probably be ok with Lewendowski)
  1. Stuart d. Warner
    commented on: July 3, 2014 at 12:57 p.m.
    But if only Yedlin had a left foot that would allow him to cut back into the middle and pull the trigger!
  1. Bret Newman
    commented on: July 3, 2014 at 5:25 p.m.
    Yedlin could be to the the USMNT, what Drew Doughty is to the LA Kings of hockey, for those of you who know hockey. A Defender, who can attack, and has the speed and skill, to get back and defend.
  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: July 5, 2014 at 5:50 p.m.
    but u guys forgot to mention when he was on the offensive,. . . . No, they didn't say he was perfect, they said he was outstanding for a young guy. Sheesh.

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