Howard heroics not enough to earn 3rd for USA

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The United States ended their Copa America Centenario campaign against Colombia this evening where outgoing Everton 'keeper Tim Howard saw his first action.

Howard may have been a welcome sight for many US fans after Brad Guzan's blunder for Argentina's opening goal after just 3 minutes in Houston on Tuesday night that paved the way to semi-final defeat and this almost meaningless 3rd-place game instead of Sunday's Final.

“He has been outstanding to help the team go all the way through in this tournament, helping Brad Guzan wherever he could, keeping the spirit very positive and pushing from behind,” Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said at a Friday news conference.

Howard took his chance to shine making some impressive saves that prompted some recycling of the social media memes that grew up out of his exploits at the 2014 World Cup.

However, Carlos Bacca beat him late in the second half to secure third place for Colombia and ensure that the US had to settle for fourth.  

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Tony J Williams
1 Posted 26/06/2016 at 07:53:56
Not great is it? Back in goal and they get beat. .doh!
John Graham
2 Posted 26/06/2016 at 10:34:31
Such a negative person, aren't you, Tony. Guess you didn't read the bit about impressive saves and how well he played; he deserves credit when it's due not blind criticism. He no longer plays for Everton but over the years he was a great goalie.
El-ray Jackson
3 Posted 26/06/2016 at 10:50:49
Over the years, yes. Apart from the last 4 years!
Trevor Lynes
4 Posted 26/06/2016 at 13:30:25
Well said, John.

Tim always had Everton in his heart and seemed a very likeable, genuine lad!

John Graham
5 Posted 26/06/2016 at 18:50:56
El-ray you must be the new Leslie Welch to remember every game for the last four years. Guess he was one of your favourites then.
Dennis Ng
6 Posted 26/06/2016 at 18:56:27
I thought the team selection was not aggressive enough. Pulisic on only around 75min. If we can buy Pulisic, we should, even as a marketing gimmick, he will be great value. He looks very good despite his age.
Peter Fearon
7 Posted 27/06/2016 at 14:27:19
Howard had a fantastic game, possibly his last for the US in a major tournament. He played much better than Brad Guzan who couldn't save a dog from drowning in a bucket of water and who was personally responsible for at least two and arguably three of Argentina's goals. Howard is - or was - a world class goalkeeper and the hostility to him on ToffeeWeb is inexplicable to me except in the broader context of shallow negativity, crass ignorance and juvenile contrariness which punctuates the comments sections. As Tony would say, "doh"
Robin Cannon
8 Posted 28/06/2016 at 21:12:38
@Peter (7) - Tim was never a world class goalkeeper. Even if there is too much negativity, we don't need to exaggerate the positive side of things to compensate.

Tim was a good, sometimes very good, sometimes not so good, goalkeeper who provided us with much needed stability and quality in that position for a decade. I'm happy enough to celebrate that as an overall plus for the club.

Peter Fearon
9 Posted 29/06/2016 at 02:27:15
Robin (8) I will agree that he was not consistently a world class goalkeeper but he did give a number of world class performances.
Lee Brownlie
10 Posted 30/06/2016 at 05:57:10
The only absolute and total boss goalie round here, inexplicably associated (by the press) with us, lately, was that shambles between the posts for England!! Hart? I'll take great heart that he won't be coming to Goodison!!!
Tony Ateman
11 Posted 30/06/2016 at 06:44:04
Neville Southall was a great goalie. Gordon West was an excellent goalie. Nigel Martyn was a very good goalie. In my lifetime, Tim Howard comes next, he was OK, but not, IMHO, great.
Tony Ateman
12 Posted 30/06/2016 at 06:45:55
If we want to win anything we need another GREAT goalie, not an OK one. West and Southall were around when we won things.

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