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Tim Howard
Tim Howard
Date of birth:

March 6, 1979

Nationality:

United States

Position:

Goalkeeper

Team:

Colorado Rapids

Timothy Matthew Howard (born March 6, 1979) is an American soccer player who captains the MLS club Colorado Rapids and plays for the United States national team as a goalkeeper.

Howard began his career with the North Jersey Imperials, before making a move to the MetroStars. His appearances soon attracted the attention of English Premier League club Manchester United, who signed him in 2003. He enjoyed relative success with the club, as they won the 2003 FA Community Shield, the 2003–04 FA Cup and the 2005–06 League Cup. After United signed goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, however, Howard went out on loan to Everton to play more first-team soccer, and eventually signed permanently with them in February 2007. On January 4, 2012, Howard scored a goal (his first as a professional) against Bolton Wanderers, making him only the fourth goalkeeper to score a goal in a Premier League match. In 2016 Howard made his return to MLS, this time playing for the Colorado Rapids as their starter keeper.

Howard is the most capped goalkeeper of all-time for the United States men's national team, with over 100 caps since his debut in 2002. He was an unused substitute for the 2006 World Cup but later established himself as first-choice keeper of the United States' international tournanent games beginning with the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, in which the U.S. ended as runner-up against Brazil. Howard participated at both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, starting in all their matches. The team reached the Round of 16 on both occasions, and during the latter Howard set a World Cup record for most saves in a match, with 15 against Belgium.

Howard's book, The Keeper, published in 2014, describes his career and his life with Tourette syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).