US Youth Soccer kicks off Youth Soccer Month with U.S. Men’s National Team Goalkeeper and US Youth Soccer alum, Tim Howard, talking about the Week One theme: Fun. Tim sat down and discussed a few of his fun moments in soccer, as well as proud moments in his career.
On June 7, in the build up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Howard earned his 100th cap for the U.S. Men’s National team in a 2–1 win against Nigeria. On July 1, in the Round of 16, Howard was awarded Man of the Match for a record-breaking 16-save performance in the United States’ 2–1 loss to Belgium.
The 35-year-old North Brunswick, N.J., native made his MLS debut with the MetroStars and played with the club from 1998 to 2003. In 2001, he became the youngest player to win the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award, recording four shutouts and a league-leading 146 saves. Tim was also named to the MLS All-Star Team, and he received the MLS Humanitarian of the Year Award for his work with children with Tourette’s syndrome, a condition he also has. He joined English club Everton F.C. on loan in 2007 and has since remained with the club permanently.
Read about Tim’s fun times in soccer…
When did you start playing soccer?
I started playing soccer at six years old but not as a goalkeeper. I played every position at that age. I had a lot of energy and was hyperactive so my parents wanted to get me involved in something to burn that energy.
How did it feel to play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup?
The World Cup is obviously the biggest tournament in the world. There is no better honor than representing your country in the World Cup. It was the most amazing soccer experience ever. It's indescribable.
What is your favorite soccer memory?
Playing my hundredth game for the U.S. Men’s National Team. It's less about the game and more about the reflection of the road it took to get there, getting my 100th cap. All my family and friends were present to help celebrate and children were down on the field. It was a very special day.
What do you do to get excited before a game?
I listen to music to get myself pumped up. Usually it’s whatever is playing in the locker room – pop, hip-hop, dance, whatever is on the radio.
If you could play soccer with any player, past or present, who would it be and why?
I’d play with former Italian footballer Paolo Maldini because he's my favorite player and because he was a defender.
For more on Tim Howard, visit www.USSoccer.com. Check back next week when we celebrate families in soccer with another Youth Soccer Month Q&A with U.S. Women’s National team midfielder Sam Mewis.