Tim Howard has announced that he will take a one year break from the United States Men's National Team in order to spend more time with his family.
The announcement comes with the approval of USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez.
Howard made this statement on the US Soccer website:
"Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time. I am grateful for the willingness of both Jurgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez to afford me the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It's the right decision at the right time. Jurgen has always been up front with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with, so I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot."
So what does this mean for Everton?
Howard has permission from Martinez to travel during international breaks, but he won't be playing in non-club games. Everton can look forward to a more rested, and surely happier goalkeeper for the next year. Hopefully he can maintain his recent World Cup form and not have to come back from meaningless international friendlies on short rest.
This may also relieve some of the added pressure of Europa League and domestic cup games, as Martinez should be able to rely more on his number one goalkeeper instead of backup Joel Robles.
Fellow American and Premier Leaguer Brad Guzan of Aston Villa will look to take over the US goalkeeping role in Howard's absence.
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