On Monday the news broke that Tim Howard would be releasing a memoir at the end of this year. The Everton and United States goalkeeper’s book, titled "The Goalkeeper" is due to hit the shelves on December 9th and will be available in editions for both adults and young adults. Howard, 35 will discuss his career up to this point as well as his lifelong struggle with Tourette’s Syndrome in an effort in inspire readers.
After his performance for his country in the World Cup this past summer, his stock has never been higher. He "stood on his head", recording sixteen saves in a crushing 2-1 defeat against Belgium in the round of 16. After that performance, he became an internet meme sensation and was even jokingly referred to as the new U.S. Secretary of Defense. Last week Howard announced that he would take one year off from the U.S. National Team to focus on his family during the international breaks in the Premier League schedule. Recently he signed a long-term contract with NBC to work as a commentator for Premier League matches in the United States when Everton is not playing. He made his season debut in the booth this past Monday for the Manchester City match.
Howard played his first professional matches for the North Jersey Imperials of the USISL before graduating from high school. After a short stint with the Imperials he joined the New York/New Jersey MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls of the MLS). He spent six seasons with the MetroStars before making the jump to the Premier League in the summer of 2003 when Manchester United paid a $4 million transfer fee. He was allowed to go on loan to Everton at the start of the 2006-2007 season and signed a permanent deal with the Blue’s in February 2007. Since joining the Toffees he has made 349 appearances, recording 102 clean sheets and even scoring a goal. In April, Howard’s contract with the club was extended another two years; keeping him at Goodison Park through 2018. The extension likely ensures that he will retire with Everton and he has made recent comments indicating that those are his wishes stating: "If you cut me open, I bleed blue and I want to finish my career there".