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2014 World Cup: 5 Interesting Facts About USMNT’s Tim Howard

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5 Interesting Facts About Tim Howard

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Tim Howard has been the No. 1 goalie for Team USA since 2007 and is in second place on the all-time list for U.S. victories as a goalie. At 35-years-old, Howard is an intelligent leader and is a cornerstone of the USMNT, as well as the No. 1 goalie for Everton of the Premier League. This will be Howard’s third World Cup appearance and his second in a row as a starter for Team USA. Here are five interesting facts about USMNT’s Tim Howard.

5. Drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters in 2009

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5. Drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters in 2009

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Tim Howard is one of two soccer players to be drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters, with the other being Lionel Messi. The Globetrotters draft potential players who are great athletes, entertainers and outstanding citizens.

4. Played first professional game before graduating high school

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4. Played first professional game before graduating high school

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In 1997, Howard made his debut with the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues for the North Jersey Imperials. After six games, Howard was brought up from the Imperials to the New York MetroStars for his MLS debut.

3. Diagnosed with the Tourette syndrome as a child

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3. Diagnosed with the Tourette syndrome as a child

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Tim Howard was named the MLS Humanitarian of the Year in 2001 due to his work with children suffering from Tourette’s. That same year he was named to the Board of Directors of the Tourette Syndrome Association of New Jersey.

2. Plays through pain

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2. Plays through pain

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In 2007, while playing for the United States in a friendly against Brazil, Howard dislocated his finger during the game, but continued to play. Later, in a 2013 FA Cup game against Oldham Athletic, Howard broke two bones in his back, but still continued to play in the match.

1. Scored a goal from 100 yards out on Jan. 4, 2012

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1. Scored a goal from 100 yards out on Jan. 4, 2012

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Tim Howard became the fourth goalie in Premier League history to score a goal, bombing a shot from one goal to the next for the score as the ball bounded over the opposing goaltender.