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Tim Howard signs contract extension with Everton
   April 17, 2014 (10:21 PM) by Matt

Tim Howard is staying at Everton through 2017-18 after signing a contract extension today.

Howard ranks 22nd in club history in total appearances while he is one of four goalkeepers in club history with 100+ clean sheets.

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Everton vs. Crystal Palace Highlights
   April 16, 2014 (3:40 PM) by Matt

Tim Howard and Everton’s seven-game Premier League winning streak came to an end today as they lost to Crystal Palace 3-2.  The highlights autoplay as soon as the page loads so check them out after the jump.

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Hump day links
   March 26, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt

Some linkage for this Wednesday.

A bunch of guys saw the field yesterday, including one goal by Joe Gyau.  Hopefully I will have highlights of that goal in the next two days.  Tim Howard and Everton also moved into fifth place of the Premier League after defeating Newcastle United 3-0 (highlights).

Todo Sobre Camisetas has some more photos of the “bomb pop” away kits for the US.

Thanks to OT reader Ian for pointing this out, but Gedion Zelalem is no longer listed on Germany’s U-17 roster for their ongoing Euro qualifiers.  Jeff Carlisle did some more digging around and got some confirmation from Arsenal that he declined the invitation.  If he were to play with Germany in an official youth game, he would no longer be eligible to switch to the US at a later date since he is not a US citizen as of yet (and you can only file FIFA one-time switches to countries that you are eligible to play for when you played your first youth game, which would only be Ethiopia for him).

Now, if he were to get US citizenship, he would no longer be eligible to play for Germany, which would cause him to lose his European Union status and affect his ability to work in England with Arsenal.  So I don’t see him rushing out the door to get his US citizenship at the moment.  But there is still hope, although small, for him to possibly playing for the US in the future, especially with Nick Saban Jurgen Klinsmann as the US’s lead recruiter. (EDIT: Some of Zelalem’s situation noted above could be wrong, but that is how it was explained to me by others.)

As for the prized recruit that the US did land, Nate Scott talked to Julian Green’s dad about the move.

“Julian would get very defensive when his brother would make fun of [his English],” his father said. “So Julian would say to his brother, ‘Yeah, well, I was born in America and you weren’t. I’m from Tampa and you’re not. You’re German. I’m an American.’”

Here is a photo of Geoff Cameron scoring on Brad Guzan.  Cameron will have some bragging rights for a while.

Leeds United’s Gregory Ariyibi was sent out on loan to English League One side Tranmere Rovers for the rest of the season.  Ariyibi came off the bench and played 48 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Swindon Town on Tuesday.  I have also seen his first name as Gboly, but I reached out to him to see which one he wants to go by because that is how I roll.

Jose Torres was subbed out of a game due to injury this past weekend, but he was back in the starting lineup yesterday as Tigres defeated Veracruz in Copa MX action, so I guess it wasn’t serious.

It looks like Josh Gatt re-injured his knee last week and will be out indefinitely.

Former Real Salt Lake defender Brandon McDonald has signed with Swedish Superettan side Ljungskile SK.  He joins fellow Americans Aaron Nichols and Alex Horwath at the club.  The Swedish second division now has nine Americans for this upcoming season, the most of any foreign country.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Sebastien Ibeagha as he begins his career with AC Horsens in Denmark.

Categories: Aaron Nichols, Alex Horwath, Brad Guzan, Brandon McDonald, Gboly Ariyibi, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Sebastien Ibeagha, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Everton vs. Newcastle United Highlights
   March 25, 2014 (8:44 PM) by Matt

Tim Howard and the Toffees moved into fifth place after beating Newcastle United 3-0 on Tuesday.  Howard recorded three saves while look at Ross Barkley run on that first goal.

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Tim Howard v. Ukraine – 3.5.14
   March 6, 2014 (9:34 PM) by Will

I would have a lot of pity for a goalkeeper who was faced with more 1v1 situations than Tim Howard. Finding this collage was relatively easy:

Mexico – August 15, 2012

Belgium – May 29, 2013

Bosnia and Herzegovina – August 14, 2013

Chelsea – February 22, 2014

Ukraine – March 5, 2014

Ukraine – March 5, 2014

Now, if those gifs don’t sorrow your soul then you are likely a robot and I think I’ve made myself clear about how I feel about robots. There were a few others I considered but I didn’t want to highlight the end of Bob Bradley’s career with the US team.

You may notice something similar about all these gifs. No, they are not all goals because I managed to cut it before it got that far on just about all of them. It’s that in each gif Howard makes a save but the ball doesn’t go where Howard expects. They are all different circumstances, yes, but in each one, Howard is left stranded, makes a save on each one yet the ball is still in play. Is there a pattern we can find here?

No. (Haha got you.) I realize I set myself up to not answer my own question but I do have a hypothesis that I can’t prove. That is why it is a hypothesis. But first you must understand some goalkeeping philosophy. Walk with me.

When a goalkeeper is in a 1v1 situation where he cannot slide to challenge the striker with the ball and he has to stay on his feet he turns into a wall of sorts. He is in a unfavorable situation but he will make the most of it by covering as much of the goal that he can. He does not cover the upper 90s but the center of the goal because a goalkeeper covers the high percentage shot areas. (A lot of you are saying “duh” right now. Keep walking with me.) In addition to being in the center of the goal, his body shape is important too. He wants to be as big as possible without giving away gaping holes between limbs. (So this hilarious piece of art would not be good goalkeeping because of the gaps between the arms and thighs, and his feet are too far apart or too close.) If the striker hits the cobwebs in the corner, then good for them that is a great goal. But the ball should not enter the goal down the middle of the lane. Or, the ball shouldn’t enter the goal by passing through a goalkeeper’s grasp. So they are as big as possible without holes in their defense.

The above paragraph is easier said than done. The realization that it is only you to stop a favorable goal scoring opportunity does weird things to the body. If you are doubtful, have a friend kick a ball at your face as hard as they can then try to stop a 1v1 situation. (Spoiler alert: your face does not like this.)

But being a wall is not enough because a wall predictably returns what it is given. So a goalkeeper must quickly transform his wall-shape to a different shape to best ensure he does not simply give the shooter another chance on frame. Pushing a shot wide is the first choice but a kick save usually redirects the shot up and away.

All of this to say, I do not think Howard is changing his body shape enough to make sure he isn’t allowing a second chance. Looking at the six examples above, I’m going to walk through why this may be true. All the examples have links to videos of the save/goal and on some of them you can slow it down to see intricacies. (There is a popup settings panel on the bottom right corner of the video.)

1. Mexico – August 15, 2012 – Some may remember this as the historic win with one of the more lucky goals I’ve seen with three offensive players involved half-accidentally/intentionally scored. Howard was Man of the Match for his two heroic saves at the end, including the first gif where he dives to his left to save a header from five yards away. But the ball does not characteristically continue going to Howard’s left. Instead it redirects to the middle of the field. This occurs because his palm hits the shot and allows the ball to roll off of it to the middle. The change in hand position is minute from catching a basketball and palming it away. (Please air-catch a basketball so you know what I am talking about. Now turn your fingers back to the point where your palm would hit it first. It’s not that much, right?) The save is at 5:20 but on the slowmo replay, look at the spin of the ball. That is created from the palm slapping at the ball. It is such an immense redirection that Howard’s left foot has to then kick it out to stop an own goal.

2. Belgium – May 29, 2013 – This probably isn’t the best example so I won’t spend a lot of time on this but his hand positioning is interesting. His elbows aren’t extended all the way out to make himself as long as he can because he is trying to slap with his hands on the ball again. I would like to see him either go long (almost completely extended elbows) or using a Z arm shaped approach that this site calls the “Double Cobra”. But basically Howard is only trying to hit the ball away. Can he hold it? Maybe, maybe not. But he’s not trying to.

3. Bosnia and Herzegovnia – August 14, 2014- Oof Eddie Johnson. ANYway, Howard gets the skate save but returns it to sender. Slowly watch 0:19-0:20 where Howard moves his foot up and over to make the save instead of just over. Doing so, Howard gets more contact on top of the ball and can’t get enough leverage to hit it away. Instead he basically traps it for Dzeko who puts it away with his next touch. This is very harsh critique as the power of the shot can’t be understated so Howard’s reaction time is even less than what one would expect in such a small area.

4. Chelsea – February 22, 2014 – Return of the palm. Howard palms this into the goal because… Well I’m not exactly sure why but he does. I think he is a little rattled with the superb free kick and onrushing John Terry so he doesn’t want to hold the shot but it’s too close to his body to fingertip it away. Thus, the untrusty palm returns.

5. Ukraine – March 5, 2014 – (Everyone blasts Brooks here but it’s Castillo’s player that scores, which is even more embarrassing in my book.) Look at Howard’s body shape. He is leaning very far back and lets the ball hit him. This is good that he doesn’t go to the ground early but he doesn’t try to redirect it any certain way. He throws his body up (not the vomit kind) and the inside of his left palm catches the ball. With his arm going up but only catching a side of the ball, the ball bounces down with a weird spin and ends back at the striker.

6. Ukraine – March 5, 2014 – Howard loses his balance because he is leaning back so far. He gets up to make a big save. However the ball hits his palms again and spins back into his body, deflecting off his thigh and returning back to the shooter for a second time in one day. The shot is hit hard so I’m going to give his palms a break on this one. But right after making a stellar save he wildly kick at the second shot. Skip to 0:34 in the video to see the angle perfectly. If he just stands up he blocks that again. Instead he gives a huge gap between his feet for the ball to roll under.

So how do we rate Howard on the Ukraine game? (First, take a moment to be thankful you are in a country that allows you to post whatever player ratings you want on the internet.) It should be positive but with caveats that Howard could have been better. I realize these six situations are spread out over a year and a half but I think the idea holds some weight. Howard is very good at getting to the ball, there is no doubt about that, but in certain spots it appears he is not thinking a step ahead to avoid more catastrophe, like he is more intent on predicting the play than reacting to it.

Categories: Tim Howard, US Men's National Team

Everton vs. Aston Villa Highlights
   February 1, 2014 (11:56 AM) by Matt

In the American Goalkeeper Derby, Tim Howard and Everton with the 2-1 win over Brad Guzan and Aston Villa.  Here are some highlights.

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Post New Year’s Day Links
   January 2, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt

A few links for the second day of 2014, but first a recap of yesterday’s games.

The big news of the day was Brek Shea’s rumored loan deal going through and he made the starting lineup on Wednesday.  Shea went 75 minutes in a Barnsley’s 1-1 draw to Birmingham City.  Here is a photo of Shea in action and here is a post-game interview.  As for the loan, it is only for 28 days, but should give him a chance to get some games in.

Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played 27 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-0 loss to Brad Guzan and Aston Villa.  Guzan now has six clean sheets on the season (tied for sixth most in the Premier League in 2013-14).

And in another battle of Americans, Geoff Cameron went 90 minutes (and picked up a yellow card) in Stoke City’s 1-1 draw to Tim Howard and Everton.  With the draw (and a Liverpool win), Everton have fallen out of a Champions League spot in the Premier League table.

As for the Championship, Danny Williams (90 minutes) and Reading had a 1-1 draw with Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest.  Tim Ream went 90 minutes as Bolton came back from a two-goal deficit to tie Middlesbrough, 2-2.  Duane Holmes came off the bench and played 38 minutes in Huddersfield Town’s 3-2 loss to Burnley.  And Gboly Ariyibi came off the bench again for Leeds, going 45 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers.

In case you missed it the other day, US Soccer put together a pretty cool video looking back at 2013.

The guys over at the Best Soccer Show (Jared) gave this site some love on their 2013 in Review show while talking about some of the top American soccer sites of 2013 (around the 45:00 mark).  Thanks guys!

The always good Steven Goff has a nice 2014 calendar up on his blog to keep you up to date on the big things happening this year.

Grant Wahl has 14 predictions for 2014, including a couple on the USMNT and USMNT players.

Greg Seltzer has a Team of the Year for 2013 for Americans playing in Europe.

While he hasn’t played much since he has been hurt (shocker!), Zak Whitbread has extended his loan with Derby County for the rest of the season.  He has appeared in three games for the Rams since beginning the loan in October.

Duane Holmes has been a hit for Huddersfield Town fans so far.

Juan Ocegueda has rejoined Tigres after his weird stint with Chivas Guadalajara where he had to release a statement rejecting future US national team calls due to their policy of only using Mexican players.  No word if he is back to being interested in playing with the US yet.

And finally, a good sight to see:  Josh Gatt training with a ball again.

Categories: Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Daniel Williams, Duane Holmes, Eric Lichaj, Gboly Ariyibi, Geoff Cameron, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Juan Ocegueda, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Everton vs. Sunderland Highlights
   December 26, 2013 (9:23 AM) by Matt

Tim Howard saw red and was sent off in the first half, which led to Sunderland’s lone goal in a 1-0 win over the Toffees.  Jozy Altidore was also a late sub for Sunderland as Everton suffered their first home loss in the Premier League since December 30, 2012.

Categories: Highlights, Jozy Altidore, Tim Howard

Thursday linkage
   December 19, 2013 (1:01 AM) by Matt

A quick recap of yesterday’s games before the links.

Aron Johannsson scored twice (and converted on his PK) in AZ’s win over Heerenveen in the Dutch Cup (highlights).  The brace gives Johannsson 17 goals across all competitions in 2013-14.

In the Capital One Cup, Geoff Cameron plugged away another 90 minutes at right back in a 2-0 loss to Manchester United.

And in Austria, Terrence Boyd picked up a red card in Rapid Vienna’s 2-0 loss to Sturm Graz.

DaMarcus Beasley is staying at Puebla as the deal with Querétaro fell through.  And Puebla’s president Jesús López Chargoy claims it is because Puebla’s fans demanded that Beasley stay with the club.

Joe Corona and Herculez Gomez both scored for Tijuana in a friendly against Dorados.  Gomez apparently has had some interest from Club Atlas recently but he wants to stay at Tijuana.

After winning the Liga MX title this fall with Leon, it should come as no surprise that William Yarbrough is starting to get more attention, especially when it comes to national team talk.

Jurgen Klinsmann is still in contact with Julian Green, but Green has decided to play with Germany’s U-19 team for now.

Now for your injury updates.

Josh Gatt is ahead of schedule on his road to recovery.  We just don’t know exactly what that schedule is at the moment.

Zak Whitbread has missed eight games due to a calf injury, but Derby County manager Paul Simpson is hoping he can return to the field next week.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman told the team’s website that he is happy that Stuart Holden is back in the UK, but that he still has a long way to go.

US Soccer finally put up the full match of the US U-17′s win over Brazil in the last game of the Nike International Friendlies.  Will Parchman, who was in attendance, wrote about Brazil quitting on the match with about 5-10 minutes left.

If you look at some numbers, it would tell you that Tim Howard and Brad Guzan are among the top five goalkeepers in the Premier League this season.

Apparently Michael Bradley will be wearing these Nike shirts at Roma next season as they have already leaked.  Both are pretty solid.

And finally, it is never too early to preview the World Cup!  Yanks Abroad is looking at the Group G teams and has already done Germany and Portugal.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, DaMarcus Beasley, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, William Yarbrough, Zak Whitbread

Links for Tuesday morning
   December 17, 2013 (1:19 AM) by Matt

Lets dive right into it.

Landon Donovan spoke at a Galaxy town-hall meeting on Sunday and shot down any rumors linking him to Mexico and any winter loans to Europe.  Sounds like he wants to rest up before diving back into the MLS/World Cup grind.

As for Clint Dempsey and his rumored loan move to Europe, the latest and the most believable of the moment has him headed back to West London with Fulham for two months.  But nothing official has come out yet (The Guardian cites US sources yet everything in the US is citing The Guardian/various European sites.  Yay transfer rumors!).

CONCACAF announced the winners of the inaugural CONCACAF awards this past weekend.  Tim Howard won Goalkeeper of the Year, while Jurgen Klinsmann won Coach of the Year.

UEFA held its draw for the knockout stages of Champions League and Europa League.  In Champions League, Jermaine Jones and Schalke landed Real Madrid.  As for Europa League, Brad Friedel and Tottenham will play FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, while Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar got FC Slovan Liberec.

Bob Bradley has turned down an offer with the Vancouver Whitecaps to seek opportunities overseas.  Bob also admits the interest from Norwegian side Stabaek which we posted about a couple weeks ago.  Bradley also did an interview recently with

John Brooks was subbed out of Hertha Berlin’s game in the first half this weekend after being at fault for one of the goals.  His manager, Jos Luhukay, also told him (via the press) that he needs to grow up and become an adult.

Who knows if they will continue to scout him or not with the recent firing of Steve Clarke, but it looks like West Brom scouts have been paying attention to Timmy Chandler.

Brian Sciaretta spoke to German-American fullback Jeremy Toljan last week.  But from the sounds of it, it doesn’t look like he has a huge connection with the US.  Who knows though.

USMNT forward Eddie Johnson sounds like he is close to making a move to D.C. United.

Stuart Holden is back in the UK to finish up his rehabbing and poked his head into the Bolton locker room this past weekend.

For those of you that don’t follow Liga MX in Mexico, Leon just won the title this fall with Mexican-American goalkeeper William Yarbrough.

Staying in Mexico, Jonathan Bornstein could finally be on the way out at Tigres according to a couple different reports in Mexico.

And finally, in case you missed it yesterday, Steve Clark is returning to the US to play for the Columbus Crew.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson, Jeremy Toljan, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Jonathan Bornstein, Landon Donovan, Steve Clark, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, William Yarbrough

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