The 90-yard goal American goalkeeper Tim Howard scored Wednesday night in an English Premier League soccer game put him in the record books, but just how the ball landed in the net is what is getting all the attention.
Howard’s assistance in making the goal, his first in a professional soccer game, came not from his fellow Everton players, but from the wind.
Video of the game shows the moment Howard’s improbable goal began, with a right-footed kick about five yards inside his own penalty area, followed by an enormous bounce about 30 yards from the goal of the opposing team, Bolton.
The wind then blows the ball high and wide over the outstretched hands of leaping Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and lands with a swish in the net.
With the goal, Howard joined the record books in becoming only the fourth goalkeeper to score in English Premier League history.
While the crowd went wild, Howard did not.
The humble goalkeeper, instead, expressed disappointment in the way in which his record-making goal was scored.
“I’m disappointed from a goalkeeper’s standpoint and you never want to see that happen,” Howard told BBC Radio. “It’s ugly, not very nice and can be embarrassing.”
“I think the wind is the hardest condition to play in,” he continued. “Snow, rain, sun doesn’t matter, but the wind really does play tricks on you.”
Despite Howard’s goal, and the wind, his team went on to lose the match to Bolton, 2-1.
Howard continued his empathy tour even after the match, reaching out to Bogdan directly.
“I let him know that I was feeling for him,” Howard said, of the goalkeepers’ conversation. “It’s not a nice place to be. I’ve been there before, a long, long time ago, and that was why I didn’t celebrate.”