One of the USA's most seasoned players, goalkeeper Tim Howard, will be kicking off his third World Cup today when he takes on Ghana. And the 20,000 Americans who are in Natal for today's game against Ghana will be chanting his name for sure.
And if the 35-year-old star stays in shape, he might even see a fourth at the world’s biggest soccer competition.
Howard, who is originally from New Jersey, extended his contract in April with English club side Everton until 2018 –- a year that marks his 39th birthday and, coincidentally, the next World Cup.
For now, Howard, who played for Manchester United from 2003 to 2007, is focused on carrying Team USA through its competitive group in Brazil, which includes Ghana, Portugal and Germany.
Howard even recently joked to the Associated Press that he has "hopefully a few” more wins in him after recently breaking a record for most victories by a U.S. goalie on the national team.
But it’s not all easy on Howard. He suffers from Tourette Syndrome and recently opened up about his struggle with the disorder and how sports helped him cope as a kid.
“On the field I wasn't Tim who had TS or Tim who had tics. I was Tim who scored goals or scored baskets or hit home runs,” he said in the April-May issue of Neurology Now.
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