US World Cup hero Tim Howard takes a break from national team
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard announced on Friday (Aug 22) he will not be donning the goalkeeper jersey for the United States.
Don't fret fans, it's only for one year and he is doing it to spend more time with his family.
Confirming his decision on his Facebook wall, he said that he was thankful for coach of the United States, Jurgen Klinsmann's, decision to allow him to take a break from the game.
Klinsmann said he supported Howard’s decision to not be available for selection until September of next year, even though it means he would miss next year’s Gold Cup.
“We had a very good and productive conversation. I totally understand Tim’s situation,” Klinsmann said.
“I told him as long as he is the same Tim Howard that we always see performing well, he will be welcome back with open arms and right back competing for a spot. He knows that he has to prove that he deserves to be back.
“This gives us a huge opportunity to see Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando going forward and fighting for the number one spot,” Klinsmann added.
Brad Guzan (left) and Nick Rimando (right) now have a chance to shine. Photo: AFP
Howard’s stellar performance in a round-of-16 loss to Belgium was considered the high point for the Americans in their World Cup run in Brazil two months ago, making him an Internet sensation.
The 35-year-old has 104 caps and played every minute for the US at the past two World Cups.