What They're Saying: Tim Howard

“I know there were players that came in that it didn’t matter as much to. If you get enough of those players, one or two can get found out, but if you get enough of those players you lose sight of what you are all about. While it was a good idea in theory, it had its flaws. Bruce will 100 percent get that back.”

-- U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard, saying the identity of the national team program was either lost, or at least obscured, under Jurgen Klinsmann, who oversaw an influx of U.S. players born and raised his native Germany. Howard added that new coach Bruce Arena will bring back the belief in the U.S. shirt that he thinks was lost a little bit over the last few years. (USA Today)
11 comments about "What They're Saying: Tim Howard".
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now, January 18, 2017 at 10:44 a.m.

    We all know Timmy is right about this. Glad somebody finally said it even though it is "PC".

  2. Bob Ashpole, January 18, 2017 at 1:31 p.m.

    Motivation is very much an internal, individual characteristic. IMO nobody has represented the USA better and with more heart than Thomas Dooley. Anyone who says foreign-born citizens are inherently less patriotic are disrespecting our military and their families. Citizens should be judged on their own merits, not their birth place. To be clear, Tim is talking about attitude and commitment, not where players were born. Same thing with Bruce. There will always be people who will put their own spin on what others say.

  3. Wooden Ships replied, January 18, 2017 at 1:37 p.m.

    Well put Bob, thank you.

  4. David Mont, January 18, 2017 at 1:54 p.m.

    Bob: it has nothing to do with where you are born. It has everything to do with where you were raised and how. You can keep deluding yourself, but the truth is that in the overwhelming majority of cases a player who grew up outside the US and joined the national team only because he wasn't good enough for another country's national team or thought that the US team would provide him with a better chance of attending a major tournament will not have any special feelings playing for the US. And this is exactly what Timmy means by "losing sight of what you are all about."

  5. Goal Goal, January 18, 2017 at 2:25 p.m.

    I am with Howard and understand his point not that I don't understand what you are saying Dave. I think that those who come up through our system share a bit more pride in our country and in the outcome of the event at hand. People are putting a lot of faith in Bruce and justifiably so. I would just hope that he (Bruce) takes a look at the coaching in general in our national team programs from top to bottom. I don't know much about the women's side but I do know that the mens youth side leaves a lot to be desired particularly in their approach to the game and the players who play it. Get over the big and strong and start looking at players with technical ability. It will serve us much better in the long run. We have a lot of good talent out there particularly in the U14, 15 and some 16's (if its not too late) who have tremendous technical ability but are getting left behind because they are not the physical size that theses coaches are looking for. Until we get over that we will continue to struggle. Until we give players the ok to challenge one on one and making decisions on their own without the fear of being punished we will continue to struggle at the international level in the MNT.

  6. Goal Goal, January 20, 2017 at 9:04 a.m.

    Jen, I would disagree with your view that the coaches pick small tech savvy players. The rosters don't show it. I do agree with you view of the coache's characteristics, not so much skin color or nationality but they will not touch players who are not into their style of play which I observe to be a kick and run game. Get the ball up the field as fast as you can and try and score. I agree with the self promote of the DA players just to prove a point that if you aren't with the DA clubs you don't measure up. A couple of these NT coaches go with the idea of my way or the highway and it ain't working especially when we get to the international level at the older brackets. We can't stand up.

  7. Bob Ashpole replied, January 20, 2017 at 5:46 p.m.

    "Get the ball up the field as fast as you can and try and score" is not what is derided as "Kick and run." I could easily describe Pep Guardiola's favored style as "Get the ball up the field as fast as you can [while maintaining good shape] and try and score." A hallmark of the classic Dutch 433 is to get the ball to the forward line quickly after a transition. "Kick and run" refers to kicking the ball up the field and then chasing after it rather than passing to a forward. Every style of play should include at least some direct play leading to a finish.

  8. Bob Ashpole replied, January 21, 2017 at 11:55 a.m.

    Jen, height is generally a disadvantage for a field player. If you don't see this for yourself, watch the taller players defending. When all else is equal, shorter limbs are quicker and shorter players have a lower center of gravity. Differences in a child's maturity create physical differences that are unrelated to talent. This makes elite player identification at young ages a very complex problem.

  9. Goal Goal, January 20, 2017 at 8:23 p.m.

    Ash you know exactly what I am talking about. Quit trying dissect everything in an effort to prove how knowlwgeable you are. I ain't talking about Guardiola I am talking about what our youth national team coaches are pushing. Kick and run doesn't work at the upper levels and everyone knows it.

  10. Bob Ashpole replied, January 21, 2017 at 12:12 p.m.

    Actually I don't know what it is you don't like about the team tactics. At the senior levels, long passes are necessary to break down zone defenses. Regardless of style, coaches and players don't like losing possession of the ball except to score. The only thing I can think of is that you object to a direct style of play. Spain plays possession style but their team is based on players from a club that plays possession style. A side that struggles playing direct is a long way from successful possession style. National team coaches only have a short time with a group of players and the group is always changing.

  11. Goal Goal, January 21, 2017 at 9:52 p.m.

    Jen you said it well. Best talent with best potential. I will tell you it ain't happening and when we get to international competition at the top level we tread water. We have seen it already and we will continue to see it until corrected.

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