Howard Ready To Return To USMNT

Tim Howard is ready to come back to the U.S. Men’s National Team.

But when he returns, will he have his old job?

That question will be answered in the weeks ahead by U.S. Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann as Howard makes his return after a year away from the national team. The Everton keeper was given permission to take a year-long sabbatical following the U.S. exit from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Howard was the standout performer for the USMNT during the World Cup, which included 16 saves in an extra time loss to Belgium in the first round of the knockout stage.

His American teammates are currently playing in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and are two wins from winning the Cup for the second consecutive tournament.

“I spoke to Coach Klinsmann and we have had open lines of communication as recently as last week. We spoke but obviously they are very busy with the Gold Cup at the moment,” he told EvertonFC.com. “We will speak again after that tournament finishes and I will make myself available for selection. We will see where we go from there.”

In Howard’s absence, Brad Guzan has filled the number one keeper spot for Team USA. With the Aston Villa man in net, the U.S. has recently defeated top European teams Netherlands and Germany in friendlies and during the Gold Cup has allowed only 2 goals in the tournament’s first four games with two clean sheets.

“I have missed it,” Howard said of playing with the U.S. “It was a tough decision to make. It has been a good break, but all it has done is really fuelled my fire. I have missed the boys, the competition and playing in front of the U.S. fans.”