US Men's National Soccer Team Goalkeeper
Tim Howard is the record-setting, superstar goalie for the United States men’s national team. With 16 saves against Belgium, it was the best showing by a keeper since 1966 when the league started keeping records. Named “Man of the Match” and earning 1.8 million Twitter mentions and instant meme fame, he is on the select list of players with more than 100 caps and one of only four goalkeepers to score a goal in a Premier League match. In 2012, he booted the ball the length of the pitch, catching the opposing Bolton Wanderers’ goalie by surprise. He is also the author of The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them.
Howard has a powerful voice and matchless personality, traits that translate perfectly into the speaking world as he motivates and inspires audiences with his achievements and personal stories of determination and goal-setting on and off the field. Known for his communication, shot-stopping ability, and big-game instincts, Howard is a world apart from the competition and shows audiences how they can move into their own “premiere leagues.”
U.S. Secretary of Defense. In response to his epic 2014 World Cup performance, Howard was – for a time – named the U.S. Secretary of Defense, at least according to Wikipedia. Someone edited the page, pulling Chuck Hagel and inserting Howard. Hagel called Howard the next day to “thank him for defending the United States of America at the World Cup,” saying that with a little mentoring Howard might be able to make that Wikipedia change again one day down the road.
The Road to the World Cup. Howard’s first professional game was with the North Jersey Imperials before making a move to the MetroStars in 1998. There, he attracted the attention of Manchester United and became the first American to line up with the English giants in 2003, reaching the top tier of Europe’s professional scene. He earned English Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year honors playing the with Red Devils the very next season and enjoyed success with the team as they won the 2003 FA Community Shield, the 2003–04 FA Cup, and the 2005–06 League Cup. In the 2006/07 campaign, he found a home with EPL rivals Everton, where he has made more than 200 appearances as a defensive lynchpin for the Liverpool-based club.
In 2006, Howard made the top-level U.S. team for the World Cup in Germany but only served as the backup to Kasey Keller. In 2007, he won his first major honor as a starter at the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Gold Cup. Two years later he became the first stringer for the U.S. at the FIFA Confederations Cup and was named the tournament’s “Best Keeper” when his team beat then-European champions Spain in the semi-final and finished runners-up to Brazil. In 2010, he turned in a “Man of the Match” performance against England in his World Cup debut.
Howard was named MLS Humanitarian of the Year in 2001 for his work with children with Tourette’s, and he is involved with Athletes in Action, a ministry arm of Campus Crusade for Christ. He also participated in PETA’s “Ink, Not Mink” anti-fur campaign in 2014. He is still playing soccer and will likely step into the TV commentary booth soon.
“Premiere” Instincts: Perseverance, Overcoming Adversity, and Self-Belief. Tim Howard inspires audiences with fascinating and funny stories of the highs and lows of his career, including his battle with Tourette’s. From his record-setting performance at the World Cup to becoming one of the few goalies to ever score a goal, his achievements and personal stories of determination and goal-setting on and off the field illustrate to audiences what is possible when they believe in themselves, commit to their goals, and persevere in the face of adversity. Known for his communication, shot-stopping ability, and big-game instincts, Howard is a world apart from the competition and shows audiences how they can move into their own “premiere leagues.” He has a powerful voice and matchless personality, traits that translate perfectly into the speaking world.