Chat with Tim Howard
Howard has played for both Manchester United and Everton in the EPL.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, we'll be chatting with U.S. men's national soccer team goalkeeper Tim Howard who is coming off of his 38th win with Team USA.
Howard moved into second place on the all-time wins list with the 3-2 win over Slovenia on Tuesday, breaking a tie with Tony Meola. The game was his 72nd international cap as a member of the U.S. Howard's Team USA teammate Landon Donovan leads his Los Angeles Galaxy team into the MLS Cup on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Howard's been working with Allstate, a sponsor of both the MLS and USMNT, and has been featured in some commercials.
Send your questions now and join Howard Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:33 PM)
We've got Tim!
What's your favorite moment from international competition?
Tim Howard (1:34 PM)
Yes. Without a doubt, my favorite moment was when we beat Spain in 2009. They were the best team in the world then and nobody could beat them. And second, it got us to a major, major world final against Brazil. It was a pretty sweet moment.
So, Tim, I guess the question is, is getting motorcycle insurance really what's going through your head when you're out there between the pipes like in the allstate commercial?
Tim Howard (1:35 PM)
That and many other things go through my head. I can't possibly tell you how much stuff goes through my head in 90 minutes. That commercial was a good example of how my inner thoughts work. As focused as I am in the game, there are a number of things that I think about during the game. That commercial is not too far off the mark.
Tim, with the coaching change, what has been the main differences of coaching style between Bradley and Klinsmann?
Tim Howard (1:36 PM)
Every coach has a few different tricks up their sleeve. Klinsmann is no different. He wants us to possess the ball as much as possible. Try to control and dictate. Bob wanted us to do the same thing, but in a different way. The change has been exciting and refreshing and we're excited.
Tim, how long does it take to shoot those allstate commercials I've seen you in?
Tim Howard (1:37 PM)
We were there for a better part of the day. We spent quite a long time. Probably from noon to 8 p.m. It was an eye opener for me. To see the production that went on behind the scenes at the field and in the stands. It was fantastic.
MLS Cup prediction?
Tim Howard (1:38 PM)
That's a really good question. I always like to see the underdog win in any sport, which would be Houston. But I think L.A. will win. I think it will be a good game.
John (State College)
Can you see Landon Donavon returning to Everton on loan this January? What could he add to the team this year? COYB!
Tim Howard (1:39 PM)
I think that's a decision for Landon if he wants to come. We'd be happy to have him. It would be a good addition. He ran the right side like he does for the national team. He causes problems because of his speed and the intelligence of his runs. It was a huge help to have him and a useful tool for us on our side.
Joe (Stuttgart, Germany)
So, what sort of progress do you think the men's National Team has made under Klinsmann? Has the squad embraced the new system?
Tim Howard (1:40 PM)
Absolutely. We've embraced it. We're looking forward to putting all of the pieces in place to become the team he wants us to be. He's been very good for this team. Hopefully we'll become a better playing team under him in the long run.
It hink everyone gets caught up int he scores of the recent men's team games. What are you looking at for improvement?
Tim Howard (1:41 PM)
That's a good point. We always want to win. We are disappointed when we go out and don't get a result that is fair. Having said that, we do need to improve. We're in an infant stage of a new cycle with a new coach. No one wants to hear that it will take time. But hopefully when we are in Brazil for the Cup, everyone can look back at these first 6-7 games and realize it was just a small part of the process.
great job in france and slovenia great saves
Tim Howard (1:42 PM)
I think the France game, there was certainly more traditional goalkeeping in making some saves and some of the spectacular variety. The Slovenia game was more about organizing better. They were both very hard games. But overall, I was happy about my own performance and the progress we made.
Would you encourage any US players who can to go play in the premier league? Do you think playing their helped you?
Tim Howard (1:43 PM)
It's definitely helped me. I've grown leaps and bounds from when I was a young kid. Of course, any opportunity you get to play in the best league in the world, you should do that. The Premier League is one of the best one or two leagues in the world. Hands down.
WHat it like to play for the US mens national team, and what do u listen to before games?
Tim Howard (1:44 PM)
It's like no other feeling. It's incredible. Every time you pull the jersey over your head and see the stars and stripes on your chest, it feels really really good. It never gets old. It never gets stale. It's a big honor for me to hear my name called.
How did you get quality training in your teen years?
Tim Howard (1:45 PM)
My path to professional soccer was pretty much every American's kids path. I played youth soccer. I trained 2-3 times per week and played twice on the weekends. I started taking it seriously when I was about 10. I played an age group or two above me. I enjoyed winning and competing.
Who is the toughest opponent you faced in the premier league? Who makes you nervous as soon as the ball is at their feet?
Tim Howard (1:46 PM)
There are a few very tough teams. I think the obvious choices are Man U. and Chelsea. The one player that always gets me is Drogba. He does everything 100 percent and 100 MPH. He's very powerful. He hits a very hard ball. He's very difficult.
Tim Howard (2:00 PM)
Keep on pulling for us. I appreciate all of the love and support I've gotten over the years.