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Tim Howard says he will hang ’em up when Everton contract expires

Apr 25, 2014, 8:57 PM EDT

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In an interview with ESPN, USMNT and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard he will retire when his Everton contract expires in the summer of 2018.

The 35-year-old will be 39 when his deal is up, and although we now have some answers, there are still a few questions to be answered.

“I’ll be on a beach somewhere when I’m 40,” Howard told

“I would pretty much take that to the bank that I won’t be playing past 40. There are other things I want to achieve in life, other things that I want to do.”

Howard’s announcement means he will not return home to join the MLS, unless an unforseen transfer or loan takes place between now and the expiry of his contract.

“Up until last week it was a possibility,” Howard said of an MLS return. “But I think that ship has sailed for me now. I think MLS had its chance, if I’m being honest, but now I’ll finish my career with Everton and be a happy man.”

However, it is unclear whether Howard will put himself in the running for the United States goalkeeping gig in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.  The World Cup will take place just a month after his contract expires.

The New Jersey product joined Everton from Manchester United back in 2007, and played seven seasons under David Moyes at Goodison Park before Moyes left to coach at Old Trafford.

During his time at Goodison, Howard has played no less than 36 Premier League matches in any season, a testament to his incredible durability. He played in the Europa League with Everton a number of times, and also appeared in the Champions League during his time at Manchester United.

Howard has expressed a desire to join the broadcast booth once his career is over, and has made many appearances with NBC this season next to Arlo White commentating in the Premier League.

  1. bellerophon30 - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    This is going to be fascinating going forward, for the USMNT. Will Howard keep his name fully in the mix? Will he pull a Friedel and say “Only if you’re racked with injuries.” Given that there’s just he and Guzan who really can be counted on right now (sorry, not a believer in Rimando against elite or sub-elite teams), what does the future hold for the position here?

    The obvious name is Cody Cropper, but it sounds like he’s got Qatar 2022 written all over him as a starter, not 2018. I think he should be on the team this summer frankly, in the role that Guzan was last time, meaning a guy who was certainly not going to play, but was there to get acclimated to things. Remember, four years ago Guzan wasn’t the best American keeper named Brad on his own club team, but he still got the call. Nick Rimando is a great guy and a fine player, but this trip is nothing more than his gold watch for years of service.

    I’m betting that Jurgen convinces Howard to stay on, at least for now, pending Cropper’s development.

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