Tim Howard: 'My obsession for football has grown'

Tim Howard isn't hanging up his goalkeeper gloves so quickly.

Six months after playing his last game for the Colorado Rapids, the 40-year-old Howard announced on Wednesday that he will resume playing with the USL Championship's Memphis 901 FC, where he is minority owner and sporting director.

“Since my retirement in October, my obsession for football has grown," he said. "The desire to win continues to drive me. I love to play, and I love to compete, this gives me the opportunity to do both.”

Howard played 399 games for Manchester United and Everton in the Premier League and 185 for the MetroStars and Rapids in MLS.

Memphis 901 is coached by Tim Mulqueen, Howard's mentor as a goalkeeping coach.

“When he’s in the locker room as a player," Mulqueen said, "he will act as a player. His focus is only going to be on winning. There will be very clear lines that the players will recognize."

Memphis 901 finished in 15th place out of 18 teams with a 9-18-7 record in the Eastern Conference in 2019.

“I’ve made a commitment to the city and people of Memphis to build a perennial playoff team," said Howard, who the last of his 121 appearances for the USA in the 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago that eliminated it from the 2018 World Cup.

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3 comments about "Tim Howard: 'My obsession for football has grown'".
  1. Wooden Ships, March 5, 2020 at 10:50 a.m.

    Glad Tim still has the desire to play. Backup Keepers are like, minutes, what minutes?

  2. Kevin Leahy, March 5, 2020 at 7:07 p.m.

    He needs to focus on what he was hired for

  3. R2 Dad, March 8, 2020 at 2:09 p.m.

    Not a huge fan of keepers in management positions, but think Tim's committment, experience and gravitas in the dressing room is what all USL teams need.

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