Meola & Howard reflect on MetroStars, MLS debut
Off the back of the 1994 FIFA World Cup which was held on American soil, there was a buzz about the sport of soccer in the United States. The newly-formed MLS had recognizable faces, but hardly the infrastructure and fan support enjoyed nearly 25 years later. Among those marketable faces from the '94 Cup was the starting goalkeeper for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, and Tim Howard’s predecessor, Tony Meola.
“In the late nineties Tony Meola was a household name for the World Cups that he played in and what he meant to this country in terms of soccer,” Howard recalled recently. “Any goalkeeper in the nineties looked up to Tony Meola and wanted to have his autograph, to get their picture taken with him, get his gloves and all of that kind of stuff.”
Howard on milkshakes with Meola, MetroStars debut
Howard's MetroStars teammates share memories
The call that set Tim Howard on course for Manchester United
Good or bad, if you've ever received life-changing news over the phone, you're familiar with the unexpected rush that accompanies it. Your view of the world can change in an instant. For Tim Howard, that fateful moment came in 2003 while he was in a Los Angeles dorm room during the US national team's January training camp.
"Going to Europe was just something you said, I didn't even know what that meant," Howard recalls. "I wanted to get over there and prove myself and little did I know it was one of those 'be careful what you wish for' scenarios."
When the goalkeeper answered the call from an unrecognizable number, he had no idea his life was about to change. The voice on the other end of the line was Tony Coton, a goalkeeping coach for Manchester United.
Howard recalls first days with United, lifting FA Cup
Messages to Tim Howard from Manchester United
Howard on Wayne Rooney: He'll bring it every single game
Rooney praises Tim Howard's career as one of the best in EPL
Howard recalls slaying the Red Devils at Wembley
It's not often that Tim Howard is overcome with emotion to the point where he cries, especially when soccer is involved. The veteran goalkeeper has seen just about every situation there is to see in the sport. The ups. The downs. The good. The bad. The ugly. There was one moment, however. Howard was surrounded by his Everton teammates inside of a Wembley Stadium locker room when he couldn't hold back.
The year was 2009. Everton, the club Howard moved to full time in 2007 following his stint with Manchester United, was making a run in the FA Cup. After beating Macclesfield, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, the Blues had just one team standing in their path to reach the FA Cup Final and they were two wins away from hoisting one of England's most storied trophies. Waiting for the Toffees in the semifinals was none other than Howard’s former team, the mighty Manchester United. Among the top two or three teams on the planet at the time, the Red Devils were heavily favored in the match. For Everton, this would be their first trip to Wembley since the 1995 Charity Shield, and they were determined to make the most of it.
Tim Howard looks back at a decade with Everton
Messages to Tim Howard from Everton teammates & staff
Howard remembers a cultural shift for soccer in the US
Every so often, a team, a performance or a player comes along and changes the sports landscape as we know it.
Take a look back at the 2010 World Cup run as Tim Howard reflects on the impact the tournament had on the sport in the US. “It’s really interesting in terms of the soccer culture and how it’s evolved in America,” Howard said. “I was a part of the World Cup in 2006, I watched from my mom’s couch in 2002 and in 1998 I went to the World Cup as a youth player, but there was something special about 2010."
Howard reflects on his proudest moments in a US jersey
Messages to Tim from the US Soccer family
As a part of Howard's final year in MLS, the Colorado Rapids will pay homage to his brilliance on the field by honoring him throughout the 2019 season with the Tim Howard Commemorative Series. The THCS is a collection of four theme nights throughout the 2019 MLS regular season when the Rapids will honor and celebrate Howard's legacy.
The Rapids will celebrate Howard's time in Colorado during the final regular season home game on September 29.
The night will feature exclusive interviews, giveaways and more! Stay tuned to this page and the Rapids social media accounts leading up to the September 29 game as we take a walk down memory lane with Tim Howard's Colorado Rapids teammates, coaches and the man himself as they reflect on a remarkable career.