Howard responds to Slovenian boast

[USA-SLOVENIA] Andrej Komac boasted that Slovenia will beat the USA Friday in Johannesburg, but U.S. goalie Tim Howard, who returned to full training on Wednesday, says talk is cheap.

"He's got to stand toe to toe," Howard said. "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."

A win would put Slovenia, the smallest country at the World Cup, through to the second round for the first time

Howard said the bruised ribs he suffered against England were getting better.

"It's just going to be sensitive," he said, "but as you know, if you play at the highest level, I think you have to play through injuries. It's sore. I believe in, as I said before, in adrenaline being the great equalizer. You can't account for that. You get on the field and your mind is focused on the game. It takes away from the pain and listen, we've got plenty of pain meds and injections and all that type of stuff, which will help keep my mind of it, as well."

3 comments about "Howard responds to Slovenian boast".
  1. Alex Lozano, June 16, 2010 at 4:17 p.m.

    Pretty big talk...from a no-name, lol. Kudos to Timmy Howard, for putting him in his place. Of course, the US still has to go out & perform like they're capable of & show that they want to win. Have no doubt that they will...led by Tim Howard!!

  2. John D. Archimede, June 16, 2010 at 4:57 p.m.

    This is probably the first time I feel the USA will win both remaining games, because we can score and have proven that stat. The well balanced USA team will show their stuff in the next two wins.
    Slovenia will not be easy but we win 2-1
    or 1-0 Go USA!

  3. Eddie Rockwell, June 16, 2010 at 7:31 p.m.

    Still think we'll win the group...

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