As Tim Howard and his wife, Laura, stroll through the cobblestone streets of Manchester, England, onlookers point and whisper. Some are eager just to get a whiff of Tim’s cologne. Soon the paparazzi show up and snap pictures.
Tim Howard joined Manchester United in July after five-plus seasons with the MetroStars–becoming the first American goalkeeper in Manchester’s history–and is now the team’s starter. It’s a long way from North Brunswick, N.J., where Howard grew up, to the best-known soccer team in the world. “It let me know that people are watching us,” says Howard of the paparazzi. “Whether they’re malicious or not, they’re out to put your [private] business in the public eye.”
Tim Howard was one of the stars for the USA throughout the World Cup , making several clutch saves in throughout the tournament to keep his team alive. But even with his heroics between the pipes the USA couldn’t keep from falling behind in three of their four matches, and on Saturday it proved costly.
Ghana scored early, putting the US down almost as soon as the game began. Kevin Prince Boateng stole the ball from American Ricardo Clark, then shot a goal past Tim Howard only 5 minutes into the game. The Americans were not able to even the score until the second half.
In fact, that is all the scoring that would happen until extra time. Asamoah Gyan recovered a pass from André Ayew, and knocked a shot past Tim Howard 3 minutes in to the 30 minute extra time that had been declared. Ghana would stay up 2-1 until the final whistle sounded.
Sipping on an energy drink after practice at United’s $33.6 million state-of-the-art suburban training center, Howard talks about his new life. He wears a Yankees cap backward, although he roots for the Atlanta Braves. “I am a Yank,” he says proudly.