The 36-year-old took a year off from the international game and returned at the beginning of last month but, having been demoted to Brad Guzan's understudy in the interim, he has had to wait for the chance to play again.
Howard was named in Jurgen Klinsmann's starting XI to face Costa Rica this evening, his first action for the US since gaining world renown for his 16 saves against Belgium in the round of 16 in Brazil, a World Cup record.
He faced his Everton team-mate, Bryan Oviedo who played 54 minutes for the Central Americans in the friendly which was settled by Joel Campbell's first-half goal.
Meanwhile, in Asunción, Ramiro Funes Mori played the full 90 minutes as Argentina were held to a goalless draw by Paraguay.
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1 Posted 14/10/2015 at 00:37:03
Now maybe a move back into the international fold will kick him back on, his form has made a noticeable improvement since the start of the season, maybe that goes hand in hand too.
2 Posted 14/10/2015 at 06:27:52
Glad to see RFM get picked for the Argies especially after they lost the first game at home when he wasn't playing. Clean sheet is always good for a defender.
3 Posted 14/10/2015 at 07:55:23
4 Posted 14/10/2015 at 09:14:02
5 Posted 14/10/2015 at 11:46:56
Yeah, good to see Ramiro Funes Mori getting a start for Argentina and keeping a clean sheet â€“ I hope he's not knackered for Saturday.
7 Posted 14/10/2015 at 17:41:49
Campbell, who I have always liked as a player was in my opinion hands down best player on the field. Must be on good money at the Arse. You would think a good pick up for someone.
Oviedo played as a wing back in a midfield 5. Kept in simple, obviously coming back to fitness but not there yet.
The US were awful, I thought.
8 Posted 14/10/2015 at 21:28:54
Wow, what class you two embody. FYI, the goal wasn't from a corner but rather from a midfielder failing to follow his man into the top of the box, á la Barkley and McCarthy at times to put it in terms of players you might understand. Our defenders in the back seem to know how to position themselves goalside and how to judge the ball and how to defend corners.
Odd that two coaches currently disagree with you experts about Howard and his skills. Obviously you do know better.
As for Oviedo, he was mostly anonymous in the game, making no big mistakes but also very little impact. Arsenal's Campbell looked very good. The Ticos have a ton of pace up front.
9 Posted 14/10/2015 at 22:00:46
10 Posted 15/10/2015 at 06:10:20
Like you, I am entitled to my opinion, he is crap!!!!
The two managers you refer to have won what exactly?
Get over yourself, you have an opinion and I have one...
11 Posted 15/10/2015 at 09:22:44
Seriously, I couldn't care less what careless hands does for America, just Everton.
12 Posted 15/10/2015 at 09:52:02
All-in-all, I think he's been a decent goalie for us. Yep, we could get better but we'd have to pay big money for one. Unless we unearth one ourselves, that's the problem.
While we are in the process of building up a squad capable of challenging for the top six and (hopefully) winning some cups, we'll have to prioritise about what position is needed most replacing.
I certainly don't think he's crap but he does have a real weakness in commanding his six-yard box.
I'd love it if we could find another like Westy, or Big Nev but they come along like one of the buses round our way!
13 Posted 16/10/2015 at 23:51:04
Ralph, in answer to your question, one won the FA Cup didn't he? The other won a World Cup, several titles and several individual player awards in various leagues as a player and made it to the semis of the World Cup as a coach. He has won a Gold Cup with the USA and oops, got them farther than the Three Lions in the last World Cup right?
Also, he is widely credited with revamping the German system which produced the players whom I believe are the current World Champions. So pardon me, but I will take their opinions of Howard's worth as a GK over yours, humor(?) notwithstanding.
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