Retired following 2019 season.
A premier shot-stopper, Howard has been a mainstay on the national team. Starting in goal for the US in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, he holds the record for most saves in a World Cup game with 16. Howard spent more than 10 years in England before rejoining MLS with the Rapids in 2016. He announced that 2019 will be his final season in his storied playing career.
INTERNATIONAL: Howard has represented USMNT in every year since 2002 and, during that time, has amassed 121 caps. He was ever-present for his country during the 2014 World Cup, earning the record for the most saves in a tournament game with 16 stops in the Knockout Round against Belgium. He has also represented the U.S. in the World Cups of 2006 and 2010. 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.
OUTSIDE MLS: At club level, Howard played in the English Premier League for 13 years. He joined Manchester United in 2003 after a six-year spell with the MetroStars in MLS. 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. 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 into the final. At the end of the 2013 season, he kept his 100th clean-sheet for the club against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.