Timothy Matthew Howard (born March 6, 1979) is an American retired professional soccer player who played as a goalkeeper.
He is widely considered to be the greatest goalkeeper in U.S.
Howard was named to the PFA Premier League Team of the Year and was awarded the FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Glove Award.
The Chicago Tribune described Howard as the "rarest of creatures – an American soccer hero".Howard began his career with the North Jersey Imperials, before making a move to the MetroStars.
His appearances soon attracted the attention of English Premier League club Manchester United, who signed him in 2003.
He enjoyed relative success with the club, as they won the 2003 FA Community Shield, the 2003–04 FA Cup and the 2005–06 League Cup.
After United signed goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, however, Howard went out on loan to Everton to play more first-team football, and eventually signed permanently with them in February 2007.
On January 4, 2012, Howard scored his first professional goal in a Premier League match against Bolton Wanderers, making him only the fourth goalkeeper to score a goal in the Premier League.
In 2016 Howard made his return to MLS, signing for the Colorado Rapids.
Howard is the most capped goalkeeper of all-time for the United States men's national team, with 121 caps since 2002 until his international retirement in 2017.
He was an unused substitute for the 2006 FIFA World Cup but later established himself as first-choice keeper of the United States' international tournament games beginning with the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, in which the U.S.
ended as runner-up against Brazil.
Howard participated at both the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, starting in all their matches.
The team reached the Round of 16 on both occasions, and during the latter Howard set a World Cup record for most saves in a match, with 15 against Belgium.