Tim Howard joins NBC Sports as a full-time studio analyst for its Premier League coverage

U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard is joining NBC Sports as a studio analyst for its Premier League coverage.

Toward the end of his career in England, where he played for Manchester United and Everton, he worked for NBC Sports in the booth as a color analyst at Premier League matches on his off days.

“As a full-time member of our broadcasts," said Pierre Moossa, coordinating producer of NBC Sports’ Premier League coverage, "Tim will provide our audience with a unique perspective as a goalkeeper who has played at the highest level in both the Premier League and in multiple World Cups.”

For the last two years, Howard worked on TNT's studio show for its UEFA Champions League coverage.

He retired as a player with the Colorado Rapids at the 2019 MLS season. He is currently minority owner and sporting director for Memphis 901 and came out of retirement to start four USL Championship games in goal.

Howard is replacing Kyle Martino, who left NBC Sports after seven years as part of the studio crew that allows features Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe.
9 comments about "Tim Howard joins NBC Sports as a full-time studio analyst for its Premier League coverage".
  1. Patrick Bell, September 2, 2020 at 7:07 a.m.

    Another Liverpool hater in studio...I will turn the volume down when he speaks. 

  2. R2 Dad replied, September 2, 2020 at 2:29 p.m.

    Patrick, your team just won the CL and Premier league titles the past 2 years--maybe you can be a bit more charitable now that you're back on top? Besides, the Red/Blue divide isn't felt so strongly on this side of the pond. This feels like me talking to some old Irish dude in the States about the Troubles; can't it just be the past? Not everyone is a partisan.

  3. R2 Dad, September 2, 2020 at 2:25 p.m.

    Tim's a very likeable guy, good story and all. But he's a keeper, and his particular insights around the 18 will be tinged with that perspective. I hope we can get ex-players with more knowledge up the pitch.

  4. frank schoon replied, September 2, 2020 at 4:35 p.m.

    R2, exactly my sentiment.....We need  commentators who were players not goalies... How many great coaches if any do you see in pro soccer who were goalies....Sorry ,I  don't see him as a good  addition to an already lousy pool of color commentators we have....

  5. uffe gustafsson, September 2, 2020 at 8:45 p.m.

    Why u dishing on goalies?
    its probably one of the most important player.
    his job besides stopping goals is also orchestrating the defense. He clearly have a good sense of how to play defense as every goalie learn.

  6. Bob Ashpole replied, September 3, 2020 at 2:22 a.m.

    Uffe, I am of the same view. To be an excellent keeper at the highest level requires an understanding of both attacking and defending. No one has a better view of the game, not even coaches. The best are concerned with more than just their defensive third.

    I am not saying that Howard will be a great commentator or a flop. I am just saying that we should keep an open mind and not blame Howard for how a program is produced.

  7. frank schoon replied, September 3, 2020 at 9:50 a.m.

    "No one has a better view of the game"???   The goalie has a very limited view for he lacks depth perception when you take into account the various lines, just like when you view the game from the sidelines there are certain limitations. I would say the fans  have a much better view or even  the color commentators ,both of which I'm not to impressed with when it comes to knowing the game. I, myself, would rather see the game from a drone position so you can see all the player movement.

    Cruyff's assistant would  place himself behind the opponent's goal  to study the lateral movements of the players, for that is about the only aspect one learns... The more soccer skills a player attains the more he begins to see and think the game. Goalies of any player on the field has the worst foot skills..... that should say enough about goalie's playing intelligence and playing knowledge...

    Goalie practice and train differently applying totally different skills. It was the dutch who began to employ goalies beyond ,what they say 'as an idiot trying to stop the ball'. Michels applied him as a backup sweeper ,meaning coming out of the goal , if needed. Cruyff, introduced the goalie to play as sweeper ,this is at Barcelona he would make the goalie play lefthalf to get him into playing rhythm, to work with his backline.

    Van Gaal, further, introduced the goalie, van der Sar, with making them pass accurate ball placement, to any player on the field. The dutch were only the ones to improve and initiate goalie participation , but no where else in the world is this done. The goalies as a whole remain limited when it comes to ball-feet-brains...Their basically is to stop a ball, and talk to his defender and that's about it..NEXT POST...

  8. frank schoon replied, September 3, 2020 at 10:01 a.m.

    I would never have a goalie coach a pro-team or for that matter junior/senior teams. Soccer is basically played by players on the field and that entails so many more different aspects of the game goalies don't have to deal or are familiar with.You can have played the game but still lack the ability to"see" the game, even for a player as Cruyff states...

    There is no way at Ajax a former goalie  trains and coach their youth, other than goalies....that should say enough. This is not a knock on goalies, but his position is so totally different from what is needed on the field of play to teach and learn from.

    As far as Tim Howard goes, he is no different than the other color commentators whom I consider limited in their knowledge of the game. The American soccer color commentators are very below par as is our soccer comparatively to other high level soccer countries color commentators. 

  9. Mark Buckley, September 3, 2020 at 6:08 a.m.

    Hope he's better than he was on TBS.

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