Hometown: North Brunswick, New Jersey
Birth date: March 6, 1979
Acquired: Acquired via the Allocation Process on March 20, 2016, after Colorado secured the #1 spot in the Allocation Ranking Order.
OTHER MLS NOTES: Made his MLS debut on August 18, 1998 in a 4-1 home win for the Metrostars vs Colorado Rapids. Metrostars team that day included Alexi Lalas, Mike Petke and Tab Ramos. Rapids included Marcelo Balboa, Paul Bravo, Chris Martinez, Peter Vermes and Chris Henderson.
Prior to his return this year, Howard had last played a MLS match on July 12, 2003, and a 3-3 tie for the Metrostars at New England Revolution. Two days later the then 24-year-old was signed by Manchester United.
Howard made 85 regular season appearances in MLS first time around, starting 83 of them. He played 7,682 minutes, kept 15 shutouts, and of the 607 shots on goal he saved 442 of them at a save percentage of 72.8.
The US national team great was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in his first year as a regular starter, in 2001. He was named in the MLS Best XI in both 2001 and 2002, before departing for England the following year.
INTERNATIONAL: Howard represented the USMNT in every year from 2002-2017 and, during that time, amassed 121 caps. He was ever-present for his country during the 2014 World Cup and created a record for the most saves in a tournament game with 16 stops against Belgium in the Knockout Round. He has also represented the US in the World Cups of 2006 and 2010. With his national team, Howard has won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and was runner-up at the 2009 Confederations Cup. He took home the Golden Glove as the best keeper in the latter event. He was voted the CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015. His first start for the USMNT came on March 10, 2002 in a 1-0 win against Ecuador in Birmingham, Alabama. The US side that day included Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones, Gregg Berhalter, Jeff Agoos, Brian McBride and Eddie Lewis. In June, 2014 he became just the 15th player in USMNT history to reach 100 international appearances.
Injured his right adductor in the 2-1 loss to Mexico on November 11, 2016, and replaced by Brad Guzan after 40 minutes. The injury ended his 2016 season, and he was expected to be sidelined for up to four months.
Returned to the USMNT (3/24/17) and the historic 6-0 win over Honduras in World Cup qualifying at San Jose's Avaya Stadium.
He made two saves to earn his 14th clean sheet in 36 World Cup qualifying appearances, and 39th in 115 total games for the USA, in the 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (June 8, 2017).
OUTSIDE MLS: At club level, Howard played in the English Premier League from 2003 - when he joined Manchester United after a six-year spell with the MetroStars in MLS - to May, 2016. During his time at Old Trafford he played 77 games, winning the FA Cup, Football League Cup and FA Community Shield. He also represented Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in the UEFA Champions League. Howard moved to Everton in 2006, initially on loan and then on a permanent deal. He featured in 418 games for the Liverpool-based club. In 2009, he set a club record for most clean sheets in a season and saved two penalties in a shoot-out against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final to send his team to the final. At the end of the 2013 season, he kept his 100th clean-sheet for the club against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.
May, 1997: A month before graduating from high school, Howard played for the North Jersey Imperials - United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues (USISL) - in his first professional game.
February 2, 1998: Howard was assigned to the Metrostars (now New York Red Bulls) as a Project-40 player.
April 4, 1998: Made his debut for the USA’s U-20 team in a 1-1 tie with Iceland at the Paolo Valenti Tournament in Italy. Sigi Schmid was head coach, and teammates included Nick Rimando, Carlos Bocanegra, Chris Albright, Steve Cherundolo and Danny Califf.
April 5, 1999: Kept a clean sheet in the USA U-20’s opening group game of the FIFA World Youth Championships in Nigeria, and a 1-0 win against England. The England side included Ashley Cole, while Peter Crouch was an unused sub.