The 35 year-old goalkeeper signed a new long-term contract extension with the Blues at the end of last season that ties him to the club until the age of 39. His outstanding performances for the USA in the World Cup, however, have prompted questions as to whether he would capitalise on that new-found fame and return home to play in his home league before he hangs up his gloves.
The American league is seeing an influx of more and more star players from the Premier League and European clubs, with David Villa, Kaka and Frank Lampard among the latest imports, but Howard wants to keep playing at Goodison Park.
"For me, I think the MLS ship has sailed,' the New Jersey native told SB Nation. "I signed a new four-year contract with Everton.
"If you cut me open, I bleed blue and I want to finish my career there. I can't foresee myself coming back. I think there was probably a chance before I signed the contract, but not anymore."
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1 Posted 25/07/2014 at 16:07:20
A bit over the top and the type of stuff some fans will lap up. IÂd prefer if he just cut the drama out and said he was happy and looking forward to the new season.
2 Posted 25/07/2014 at 16:12:09
Tim didnÂt say that he bleeds blue since he signed the contract but is simply saying he loves the club and was happy to sign for the rest of his career.
That does nicely for me!
3 Posted 25/07/2014 at 16:15:32
4 Posted 25/07/2014 at 16:36:11
I get that lots of people - me included - are slightly skeptical of footballers proclaiming loyalty. But this critiquing everything they say is getting kind of silly.
5 Posted 25/07/2014 at 16:43:52
Seems to me that the implication was that signing a new contract is a two-way street. IOW, Tim Howard is saying that he wants to play only at Everton, but if he had been unable to sign a new contract (i.e., if the club didnÂt want him), then he would have considered plying his trade elsewhere until retirement age.
6 Posted 25/07/2014 at 16:40:45
If Everton either didnÂt want to extend his contract, or only wanted to extend it for 1-2 years, he would have considered a move back to the MLS after fulfilling his final contract, because heÂd still have a desire to play even though Everton no longer required his services.
Because the contract extension takes him to an age of 39, he probably thinks heÂll be ready to retire at the end of it, so there is little to no chance heÂd end up back in MLS.
I donÂt think there was any chance Howard was going to leave Everton before they wanted him to go. I deeply suspect any move was contingent on how long *Everton* wanted to keep *him*.
7 Posted 25/07/2014 at 16:54:22
8 Posted 25/07/2014 at 17:42:19
The pattern of EPL players going to MLS has been that they only make the move when they are no longer wanted by their current employers.
9 Posted 25/07/2014 at 17:40:54
Are players not allowed to be true Evertonians?
Maybe, occasionally people should just accept that some of our players would prefer to be at Everton than anywhere else. Including Old Trafford.
10 Posted 25/07/2014 at 17:48:49
11 Posted 25/07/2014 at 18:01:14
What does worry me, like I have mentioned in previous posts, Tim canÂt be expected to play every game on four fronts this coming season.
I am still not convinced about Robles being a dependable understudy, should they be ÂrotateÂ or, god forbid, Tim ever got injured!
12 Posted 25/07/2014 at 18:05:09
But I have a right to comment too Â– and I happen to disagree with you. That is (also) what the comments section is for!
13 Posted 25/07/2014 at 18:19:09
14 Posted 25/07/2014 at 18:13:08
Imagine if heÂd said "never say never".....!
15 Posted 25/07/2014 at 18:25:31
16 Posted 25/07/2014 at 18:29:15
Damned if they do; damned if they donÂt.
17 Posted 25/07/2014 at 18:28:00
Good on you Tim... and by the way Â– your new girlfriend isnÂt a bad looker!
18 Posted 25/07/2014 at 18:57:49
Honestly, these guys canÂt win Â– they show loyalty and still get criticised. WeÂre lucky to have this guy on balance and lucky he thinks so much of the Club. The more players we have with that attitude, it canÂt help but rub off on others.
Thank you, Tim Howard.
19 Posted 25/07/2014 at 21:01:50
20 Posted 25/07/2014 at 21:10:10
Tim Howard doesnÂt have a very outgoing personality but heÂs a legend in my eyes. A true ambassador for the club! And not a bad keeper either!
21 Posted 25/07/2014 at 22:40:04
The fan is here by choice. The money, in most cases is, flowing the other way.
As has been stated above, some players become Evertonians, but they are relatively rare, and all the more precious because of it.
I still believe Rooney is a blue at heart, even with all his badge kissing bullshit. Howard is a blue!
22 Posted 26/07/2014 at 00:45:12
I think youÂre absolutely right. I also think thereÂs a lot more than the average club too.
23 Posted 26/07/2014 at 00:05:56
24 Posted 26/07/2014 at 01:35:32
Also, I believe Tim is a steady goalkeeper; he has his faults, like all players, but overall heÂs consistently been a top 4/5 goalkeeper in EPL. Great news, in my opinion.
25 Posted 26/07/2014 at 01:38:46
26 Posted 26/07/2014 at 07:50:07
27 Posted 26/07/2014 at 14:37:16
I'll point it out to Lyndon and see what he says.
28 Posted 26/07/2014 at 14:46:09
29 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:52:42
Clearly Tim Howard is a great asset to Everton at this time, on and off the field, and I am not convinced that Â— even if he keeps playing for the United States Mens National Team (USMNT) Â— that it will really benefit Everton. In a nutshell, we've arguably the highest profile and most universally popular US sportsman of 2014 playing for us Â— and I mean across all sport, not just soccer.
It might benefit Howard (commercially) more to stay with USMNT, but frankly he's earning enough money to not worry too much about that really, and I think he's got value even if he retires from USMNT, or, per Landon Donovan, he takes a break (which I doubt Klinsmann would take kindly to given how he dropped Donovan, albeit perhaps with justification given the soulless TV appearances that the jilted player punished us with over here).
So perhaps we could have a TW poll: Should Tim Howard (A) quit while he's ahead in US terms, and give up USMNT, to focus on Everton for the rest of his career? Or should he (B) stick it out as long as he can to cement his legacy and enjoy (possibly) another World Cup?
30 Posted 26/07/2014 at 19:35:48
As for "bleeding blue", seems like a very harmless metaphor to me, and not necessarily meaning being "of blue blood" which has a different meaning. Much like being a "bluenose" or actually being "a toffee". We're neither yet we identify with both easily enough!!
31 Posted 26/07/2014 at 21:31:33
Decent gag I thought .... not overly offensive
Gutted when good comedy material like this gets rejected.
Oh well back to the day job.
32 Posted 26/07/2014 at 22:04:59
But we do seem to be losing a few at our end, so probably our fault Â— though in this case, not intentional.
I know we have some very sensitive souls but they are hopefully not repulsed by Blue pee...
[Hmmm that didn't come out quite right!]
34 Posted 29/07/2014 at 14:35:01
I know, I know. We can’t really comment on others when England finish bottom of a rubbish group in the World Cup
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