Star goalkeeper wants to spend more time with familyTim Howard has announced that he will be taking a break from the United States national team for a year in order to spend more time with his family.
The 35-year-old has had a marquee year in American colours, culminating in his headline-grabbing exploits at the 2014 World Cup, but his footballing focus will be on Everton for the next 12 months.
Howard posted the following message on his Facebook page explaining the decision:
As you may have heard, I have decided to take some time off from the US Men's National Team in order to spend more time with my family. Having played overseas for the last 12 years, making this commitment to my family is very important.
I am grateful for the understanding of Jurgen Klinsmann who is affording me the opportunity to spend some much needed time with my kids and to have the opportunity to compete for a spot upon my return.
I understand that I will have to earn my place with the team and in the lineup when I come back, and I look forward to doing that. Physically I feel as strong as ever, and right now my heart, mind, and body all feel good about continuing on with the national team for the next World Cup.
It is difficult to predict the situation in four years but I know this decision is right for me today.
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2 Posted 21/08/2014 at 21:20:07
3 Posted 21/08/2014 at 21:28:49
4 Posted 21/08/2014 at 21:32:46
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7 Posted 21/08/2014 at 23:01:33
The US has good depth at the keeper position. It's time for Brad Guzan to step up.
Everton will benefit from Tim solely concentrating on his Club duties.
Win-win. And it's the right decision, football aside, if he needs to be with his family.
8 Posted 22/08/2014 at 13:16:51
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