Howard named as Everton ambassador in the USA

Wednesday, 9 October, 2019 38comments  |  Jump to last

Everton have announced that Tim Howard will be the club's first International Ambassador in the United States of America.

The former Blues goalkeeper will make his first appearance in his new role in Austin, Texas later this month, with fans being invited to attend an exclusive event with the USA international star on Saturday 26 October.

As well as being the star guest at the special fan event hosted by the club, Tim will also represent Everton at NBC's Premier League Mornings Live earlier event at the Scholz Garten on the same day for the screening of the Blues' league game at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Howard, 40, spent 10 years at Goodison Park making 354 Premier League appearances, which is a Blues record, before calling time on a stellar 22-year professional career after playing his final game for MLS team Colorado Rapids on Sunday.

Howard was signed by Everton in the summer of 2006, initially on loan, before completing a permanent transfer from Manchester United, the team he joined from New York/New Jersey MetroStars, in 2007.

He would play 414 times in all competitions for Everton while also gaining global notoriety for his excellent performances for his country at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He made his farewell appearance against Norwich City in May 2016 before leaving Goodison for Colorado.

His Everton ambassadorial position will see him focus on supporting commercial activities for the club and its Official Club Partners and continue to build the profile of Everton in America.

Following the match, Everton will host a special event for fans at The Haymaker bar in Austin, Texas from midday to 3pm CDT. Howard will hold a Q&A session to discuss his career before taking part in interactive games with members of the audience on a day to celebrate the Blues.

To sign up for the event, visit evertonfc.com

 

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Bobby Mallon
1 Posted 09/10/2019 at 16:19:14
About time... wish he was in goal now.
Dave Evans
2 Posted 09/10/2019 at 16:44:34
I thought it was Jamie Crowley. Good luck Tim.
Dave Abrahams
3 Posted 09/10/2019 at 16:52:20
Dale (2), I wish it was Jamie Crowley.
Mike Gaynes
4 Posted 09/10/2019 at 17:03:10
No, no, no, not Jamie. You want an ambassador who could actually do media interviews. They'd have to bleep Jamie every fifth word or so.

So hey, any TW Yanks in Texas? Anybody who can attend the event for us and report back? I know the Frances and Gerry Quinn are former Texas residents but I'm not sure we have any Lone Star Blues on TW now.

Dave Evans
5 Posted 09/10/2019 at 17:06:41
Ditto Dale (3)
James Stewart
6 Posted 09/10/2019 at 17:56:31
Great pro, but let’s be honest a not so great keeper.
Peter Thistle
7 Posted 09/10/2019 at 18:40:17
The flying starfish is back, woot.
Joe McMahon
8 Posted 09/10/2019 at 19:03:06
James @6 that's slightly harsh. IMO In his day better the keeper we have now.
Steve Ferns
9 Posted 09/10/2019 at 19:31:53
I thought Tim was very good, but not quite great. He was very reliable and never let us down very often until she started to catch up with him.

I think his last hurrah was the 2014 World Cup were he was back to his best, but it was all downhill after that.

I think it’s a smart move and I hope he can service our american fan base. Hard to do that though without an american player. Now Robinson is gone, well have to hope that the young keeper is able to come though. But not at the expense of TW’s own Harry Tyrer. We can claim him as his relative is a poster!

Paul Hewitt
10 Posted 09/10/2019 at 20:35:28
Tim Howard was a fantastic keeper. Only bettered by Southall and Martyn.
Peter Gorman
11 Posted 09/10/2019 at 20:49:37
Say what you like about him as a keeper, he is an Evertonian and also a US footballing legend – he'll ding dang do for me.
Colin Glassar
12 Posted 09/10/2019 at 23:06:47
Don’t drop the mic, Tim.
Jamie Crowley
13 Posted 09/10/2019 at 23:12:24
Dave E., Dave A., and Mike -

Funny you mention, I had a conference call last week with Denise, Bill, and Marcel. They wanted to conduct a phone interview with me regarding the position of US Ambassador.

I told them, "Look, before we go any further, I can't represent a team or product that I don't believe in. Presently, we can't discuss the opportunity unless I know there's a managerial change in the works."

Denise spoke and politely said they can't discuss that with me. I informed them I'd not be interested. I thought I heard Bill get a bit emotional over the speaker phone at the rejection?

I also thought I heard Marcel say, "Fuckin' right Bubba!" But he said it in a very low, hushed tone, so I can't confirm the accuracy of that.

But quite seriously, I'm happy for Tim. Always loved him. I took a lot of pride in our American keeper, and the way he conducted himself. The one shining moment being when he refused to celebrate his wind-aided goal, refusing to show up the other keeper.

Class. I hope he represents our Club and brand well, and I'm sure he will. He bleeds Blue methinks.

Kieran Kinsella
14 Posted 09/10/2019 at 23:34:59
Howard was great; they just let him stay too long, like Seaman at Arsenal (Nayim goal) and Shilton for England (Parker og) which means some folks focus on their final days, not their best years.
Clarence Yurcan
15 Posted 09/10/2019 at 23:35:39
He's been our ambassador here already for more than a decade
Habib Erkan Jr
16 Posted 10/10/2019 at 00:15:53
I live in San Antonio and travel to Haymakers each season for the derby. Austin Evertonians have a lot of passion for (and opinions about) all things Toffees. I can't wait to see Tim in person!
Michael Williams
17 Posted 10/10/2019 at 00:17:47
American here. Smart move. Still lots of goodwill for Tim in the United States. He's on television a lot so hopefully it will make a little difference.

Interesting note about Premier League team efforts in the US. I saw a Chelsea - Napoli game in DC a few years back. Chelsea had tents with free small flags for the fans. My girls each got one. Whenever I tell them what game I am watching on tv, if Chelsea is playing, that is who they support. They can't name another team.

Everton has no presence at all in the States. None whatsoever. I hope Tim Howard helps because I have seen nothing from the club at all. The only boost Everton gets in the US is from one of the Men In Blazers presenters on their weekly show.

Michael Williams
18 Posted 10/10/2019 at 00:20:11
By the way, Tim Howard was just about as good as any player Everton had during his time at the club. How many truly awesome players today have? Yes, he was played too long.

We will all be played too long at some point.

Justin Doone
19 Posted 10/10/2019 at 04:09:41
Very good keeper but got beat at his near post a few to many times for my liking.

Regarding the article, good for him but why do we need an ambassador? We will pay him for doing what?

Talking truthfully how we have wasted hundreds of millions without anything to show for it or ignore the failings and talk about a little more time and effort we'll be title challengers.

Mike Gaynes
20 Posted 10/10/2019 at 04:52:17
Habib #16, be sure to report back to us here... and post a photo or two?

Michael #17, I've been bitching about the same thing for 30 years. Nothing has ever changed... I have never, and doubt I ever will, walk into a US sporting goods store and see an Everton shirt on the wall next to all those effing red ones. Where are you located?

Ray Roche
21 Posted 10/10/2019 at 09:02:25
Joe-Max Moore, Landon Donovan, Brian McBride and Tim Howard. Big names in the USA but, typically, Everton didn't use them to increase our profile.

Same with Li Tie who was the Chinese Beckham in terms of popularity and fame. We're amateurs when it comes to marketing.

Incidentally, all you critics of Tim, apart from Nev, West, and Martyn, who was a better keeper than Howard?

(Don't embarrass yourself by saying Wood)

Rob Dolby
22 Posted 10/10/2019 at 11:13:34
Over 400 appearances for the blues says it all. He was great for us and making him our US ambassador makes great sense.

The retirement tribute was very moving. The man is a class act.

It only took 6 comments before someone criticised him which is quite good for ToffeeWeb posters!.

Michael Williams
23 Posted 10/10/2019 at 14:37:14
Mike #20. I am located in the Washington DC metro area.
Jamie Crowley
24 Posted 10/10/2019 at 14:48:34
Michael,

You should reach out to James Flynn and organize a TW DC get-together.

John Pierce
25 Posted 10/10/2019 at 14:58:54
Nice for Tim. But it's all far too late. Everton blew their chance to try and win some market share over here in the States some time ago.
Kieran Kinsella
26 Posted 10/10/2019 at 15:18:31
John,

Similar story down under. It was only when Cahill was nearing the end of his time that we went to Oz. Even then, it was a few friendlies and off we went without any real effort to establish a legacy. I would say that was a bigger miss than the USA given Tim's profile, world cup performances, scoring records etc and huge ex-pat population of football fans.

John Davies
27 Posted 10/10/2019 at 15:59:11
Kieran, #14 post is spot on. Well said mate.
Kristian Boyce
28 Posted 11/10/2019 at 02:55:26
As a US based fan, it's a nice gesture but it's a little too late. After his heroics during the 2014 World Cup, he was probably the most famous person in the US at that moment. Unfortunately our marketing department or club as whole couldn't be bothered to take up on his fame. I guarantee if we had quickly organized a couple of friendlies during that summer, we would have had sell-outs just because of him.

When they were last over here, we had a decent turnout for the Miami game. I think Jamie was there, plus a few other of the US ToffeeWeb contingent, but again the club didn't really promote him in any way.

Mark Frere
29 Posted 11/10/2019 at 19:51:23
Not a very good keeper! Tim had the luxury of some very well-drilled Moyes defences in front of him in his time with us. He really got exposed for what he was (average at best) once Martinez had made a shambles of our back four.

Howard, under Martinez, had to deal with considerably more pressure from the opposition, and the deficiencies in his game – not commanding his 6-yard box, punching pathetically, instead of catching and generally making mistakes which resulted in goals – were on display.

Many people at the time were saying, "he's past it"... "Father time has caught up with him". Tim was 37 years old at the time, which isn't even that old for a goalie. Nigel Martyn was in his late thirties when here and was top-notch between the sticks.

Kieran Kinsella
30 Posted 11/10/2019 at 19:55:17
Mark

Goalies don't last as long as they used to. It was the norm in the 80s to have a 40-year-old bearded fat bloke in goal. The role demands much greater athleticism now so they tend to burn out quicker, eg, Petr Cech, long since past his best, retired at 36, Joe Hart peaked in his 20s etc.

Mark Frere
31 Posted 11/10/2019 at 20:10:09
Maybe so, Kieran, but there's plenty of recent examples, such as Buffon, where keepers have played at the top level when approaching 40.

I remember Howard's constant blunders coinciding with our back four turning to shit. I never put it down to old age.

Kieran Kinsella
32 Posted 11/10/2019 at 20:15:34
Mark,

Maybe it was age, maybe it was loss of confidence, maybe it was cohesion in the team. I am not sure. But in Howard's defence he gave some of the best goalkeeping performances I have ever seen for the USA at the World Cup. At his peak, I really think he was top notch.

Jerome Shields
33 Posted 12/10/2019 at 04:40:25
Howard was a good goalkeeper for Everton.

But he should have been moved on instead of getting an extended contract, in his last years, Everton's Achilles heel. I personally did not like his attitude near the end when he was shipping goals. He was seeing out his contract, until it got a move to the US.

I have never liked the unprofessional parental attitude to our aged players and retirement home attitude to past players. I would be lying if I said I was impressed with this appointment and what it tells me about how Everton is still run.

Leighton Cooper
34 Posted 12/10/2019 at 12:45:50
Kieran #14, off the Howard topic, Seaman went on to have a further 8 stella seasons for Arsenal after that Nayim goal, making one of the finest saves I've seen in the FA Cup semi final in 2003. Perhaps you meant the Ronaldinho goal in his latter England career?
John Raftery
35 Posted 15/10/2019 at 10:12:33
‘Howard's constant bloopers'. I'm struggling to remember more than a couple. On the other hand, I can recall several by our current keeper this season.
Ken Kneale
36 Posted 15/10/2019 at 12:35:39
Mark a bit left of field with that remark. for most of his time he was as most agree an excellent keeper and only a notch down from the very top level. His 'plus' column would far exceed his 'negative' column for sure - more than can be said of most of our current players and a good number of the management/coaching team.
Mark Frere
37 Posted 15/10/2019 at 15:25:03
John & Ken

I saw enough suspect areas in Howard's game to form an opinion that he wasn't very good. His mistakes and bad form did lead to Robles having a spell in the team. I suppose this is quite a subjective topic and if you thought he was good then that's your opinion.

Man Utd did get rid of Tim when all his peak year's were ahead of him. Maybe they formed the same opinion as me - and blunders like the one against Porto and other mistakes were the final straw for them.

Julian Wait
38 Posted 20/10/2019 at 22:36:48
For those in the USA, Tim will be representing in Austin next week.

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