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Tim Howard takes a year off the international team

Tim Howard takes a year off the international team

Posted by Liliana Castaño on August 22, 2014

If you are a U.S. national team fan who has been looking forward to the chance to see Tim Howard play for the U.S. for the first time since his amazing performance against Belgium in the World Cup, you are going to have to wait a while.

Howard has decided to step away from the U.S. national team set-up for the next year, U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday. After conversations with U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his club manager at Everton, Roberto Martinez, Howard has decided to step aside in order to have more time to spend with his family and also to cut down on the grind he has been on with the national team  for the past eight years.

“Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time,” said Howard. “I am grateful for the willingness of both Jurgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez to afford me the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It’s the right decision at the right time.  Jurgen has always been up front with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with, so I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.”

Klinsmann is supporting Howard’s decision, and he sees it as a good opportunity for the other goalkeepers in the U.S. player pool at the start of the new World Cup cycle.

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