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Tim Howard considering retirement from international play



By ALEC KLEYER
XN Sports

The Unites States Men's National Team's hero, Timmy Howard, recently brought up a topic no USA soccer fan wanted to hear. Howard, keeper for Everton FC, is considering retirement from international football after USA was eliminated from the World Cup Tuesday afternoon against Belgium.

If Howard were to end his international career today, that performance against Belgium will surely leave Howard feeling pleased, knowing he did all he could to help out his country against an extremely challenging opponent.

Howard recently fielded questions about his possible departure from the game:

"What happens going forward with the national team, I don't know," Howard told reporters.

"Everything's a bit raw at the moment. I don't think it's black and white to be honest."

"There's no doubt barring injury that I'll be fit and willing to keep going, but there's a lot more things that go into that decision than just my physical health, so it's something that in time I'll decide on."

Howard, who is currently 35 years old, will be 39 come the 2018 World Cup, which will be held in Russia. Russia is at the back of Howard's mind and he isn't concerned about his physical status.

In four years Howard will possibly end his professional career all together as his new contract has him playing for Everton FC until May of 2018. Considering the World Cup is held in June, Howard has some thinking to do.

At 35 years of age, many keepers are still benefiting from their prime, Howard is no exception. He proved to the world that he still has what it takes to compete with the world's best. Will he still have it in four years? Maybe not.

Howard told Mike and Mike on ESPN that he just wants to kick back, relax, and watch the World Cup from the other side of the T.V.

"I want to be at the bar, throwing beer around and jumping around when Jozy [Altidore] scores goals," Howard told ESPN's Mike and Mike. "That looks fun to me. I don't know. I need to kind of take stock of where I'm at."

If Howard were to retire, who could fill his shoes? Howard believes in fellow Premier League goalkeeper, and fellow friend, Brad Guzan.

"I would imagine at the moment the way things look, I think Brad Guzan," Howard said.

"He's a top Premier League goalkeeper, a dear friend and his talent is incredible."

Indeed Brad Guzan is a terrific goalkeeper, however, he has had minimal opportunities to display those skills as Howard had the starting spot nailed down in 2010 and 2014.

Guzan will be 33 before the World Cup in 2018 and should be entering his prime, perhaps that would even be a better option for the USMNT if Howard did indeed stay.

Heck, it's four years away ... we might not even see Howard, Guzan or Nick Rimando on the 23-man roster come Cup time. Might Sean Johnson, Bill Hamid or Zac MacMath take up on the opportunity? What about U-20 goalkeeper Cody Cropper? Anything can happen in the next four years.

RELATED LINKS:

France vs Germany: Battle of the giants

Analysis and preview of quarterfinal games

Updated FIFA World Cup power rankings

A look back at USA's loss to Belgium

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R July 04 2014 at 3:34 PM

What a great guy. He should do whatever makes him the happiest.

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SAM R July 05 2014 at 12:57 AM

in your own rords tell us why this guy is so great, it can't be for knocking down stupid little balls can it.

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juanmpuertas July 04 2014 at 12:22 PM

TIM YOU ARE THE BEST. THANK YOU TIM. AND THANK YOU TO THE US TEAM, NOW THE REST OF THE WORLD KNOWS THAT WE ARE NOT KIDDING BUT, KICKING IN THIS INTERNATIONAL SPORTS. GO USA

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bad_karma1 juanmpuertas July 04 2014 at 9:13 PM

Do you want to be his boyfriend

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SAM juanmpuertas July 05 2014 at 1:03 AM

'Huh' did I miss something, we did lose the damn game did we not. has this obama thing rub off on you trying to take credit when you lost.

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poughguy July 05 2014 at 1:28 AM

who cares? now that world cup is over not many in the US will be watching soccer. boring sport.

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SAM July 05 2014 at 1:17 AM

The same people here telling what a great team we had that lost the game, , and had just a few shots at for a goal point, and gave up about a hundred is the same people that would tell you that we have a great president, thet just don't get it.

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SAM July 05 2014 at 12:53 AM

do anybody really care if this guy retires or not. after all he lost the game, he let two points get buy him,

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morrys July 04 2014 at 8:57 PM

Tim Howard is great, but the rest of the team should hang their heads in shame. If the team was doing its job the action would have been at the other end of the field. He should not have needed to make a record number saves.

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olga morrys July 05 2014 at 12:02 AM

Very true! I can't believe how many goals the missed, and not by a little either!

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knightrang July 04 2014 at 6:37 PM

OK. He was good. But the superstar status? Leave it for a winner. Soccer is like Hockey, its not how many you don't allow, its how many you do. A Lost is a Lost.

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cdieselsxy knightrang July 04 2014 at 10:54 PM

the media is jumping up & down because we played a good game in the round of 16!! you hear the coaches & players saying how great they played??? NO!!!! btw.... a lost is a lost? should that be loss??

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Curtis July 04 2014 at 4:40 PM

Here is another example that an individual can achieve excellence, but a team aon only achieve excellence with a few talented individuals. For those who think that removing competition from a sport with kids is a good idea, it is not!

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Jeb July 04 2014 at 4:18 PM

Cut the crap!
The guy lost the match.
Where's the glory in that?

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cdieselsxy Jeb July 04 2014 at 10:56 PM

no, Jeb... HE didnt lose the match, the whole team did.....

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olga Jeb July 05 2014 at 12:09 AM

He did not loose the match. The team couldn't defend, he saved the team from losing in a state of total disgrace. Belgium would have scored at least three times more goals if someone less talented and skilled than tim had been there.

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bukasa July 04 2014 at 2:28 PM

sorry, he is not as good as americans see.A great gollie is one who can fly across like a cat. He is too heavy for that. Most of tha balls were kicked at him, what is great about that! A great gollie of old days were flying like cats and no gloves, now, they cannot even catch a simple ball.

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FlyerHockeyPride bukasa July 04 2014 at 9:14 PM

What the frig is a 'gollie'? Please tell me you didn't graduate college spelling like that...seriously...what would be even worse to hear is that you actually graduated high school with that piss-poor spelling...

Howard can't catch a simple ball? You can catch a simple clue, try 'Hooked On Phonics', nimrod!

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olga bukasa July 05 2014 at 12:05 AM

Excuse me? He is great! Get your eyes and your head checked!

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