Ken Lawrence has written a feature piece for ESPN about Tim Howard the USMNT goalie, and current Everton keeper. In it he and multiple other people talk about how Horward either is, or has all the potential to be the best goalkeeper in the world:
Everton manager David Moyes already insists the American is as good as it gets in the Premier League. “Tim is now on the same level as Pepe Reina and Petr Cech,” Moyes said. “They are considered to be the two best in England. I would not swap either for my man.”
I personally was very happy when Howard was able to avenge himself and show Man U what they gave up, when he beat them in the Semi’s last year on PK’s by saving 2. I think it was horrible how English media was blaming and insulting the fact that he has tourettes as a reason for his struggles.
“some newspapers even cruelly suggested that as a sufferer of Tourette syndrome who refused to medicate himself against the neurological disease, he had lost Ferguson’s confidence.”
Hopefully he keeps playing as well as he has been, and I give him a lot of credit for making the American defenders, especially Onyewu who seems to really work well with Howard, into better players even when hes not around.
EPL Talk is reporting that ESPN may have reached a deal with the EPL to show two games a week on ESPN here in the US.
“ESPN has acquired the TV rights to two of the weekly Premier League slots on US television for the 2009-2010 season. Beginning on August 15, 2009, each week ESPN will feature the 7:45am ET Saturday game and the 3pm ET Monday game.”
The first game to be shown by ESPN? Presumably Chelsea v Hull City on August 15th, Jozy Altidore’s first game in the EPL for Hull. There will also be games featuring teams with American players including: Fulham (Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson), Aston Villa (Fridel, Guzan), Everton (Tim Howard) on the prospective schedule.
However ESPN’s Ives Galarcep says not to get too excited yet as the deal is in the works and not yet official.
“UPDATE-Sources tell me no deal is finalized yet, but that talks are underway. In other words, you might want to hold off on the celebration until something official is announced.”
Hopefully this works out becuase it would be great to see Americans suceeding with their European Club teams, especially as it seems that more and more players are entering the top European Leagues.
Stuart Holden just updated his blog and it is filled with insight on the big last few weeks for him. He talks about his time in the Gold Cup where he was extremely impressive, and discusses the forgettable 5-0 final loss to Mexico.
He also recaps his time on the MLS All Star Game vs Everton saying:
“I was happy with my output as I had an assist for both teams! And before you ask, I don’t really know what I was thinking on the first pass!! Haha!”
He then goes on to talk about Scoring for Houston on his Birthday. Check out his blog Shootin’ it with Stu, and see him tonight vs Dallas.
Personally I thought that Holden looked totally in control during the Gold Cup and a huge level above all the other players on the field (excluding the final when no one looked very good). I think he could make a positive impact on the National team if he is givin the chance.