A Quick Tim Howard Interview
Just got off the phone with U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard, who last week finalized a five-year contract with Everton after being on loan from Manchester United. (Thanks to his handlers at Wasserman Media Group for setting it up.)
Here are his thoughts on...
HOW THE PERMANENT MOVE TO EVERTON AFFECTS HIM MENTALLY:
"It doesn't change too much in terms of my mentality. The only thing it really changes is the ability of knowing that this gives me more security just in terms of the contract. But in terms of my focus, that has never changed. I have been whole-heartedly part of Everton football club since August. I made sure that I was going to do that; I didn't want to be half in, half out. I wanted to make sure I was full steam ahead for Everton."
THE REST OF THE SEASON:
"Our goal is still the same, even though we had a tough result last night [a 2-1 loss at home to Tottenham]. Our goal is to try and push for Europe. There are four teams around us and we want to get to that fifth or sixth place. It's going to be tough -- I think we know that. [Everton is eighth, four points out of the No. 6 spot, but there are six teams behind them that are within seven points of them]
MANCHESTER UNITED'S ABILITY TO MAINTAIN ITS LEAD OVER CHELSEA:
"Yeah, I think they will. Knowing what I know about the place, the people there, I'd be utterly shocked if they lost this lead. They just have too good of players and too good of coaches to let that happen."
BECKHAM'S SIGNING WITH MLS AND ITS IMPACT ON THE U.S. LEAGUE:
"David Beckham is always going to create headlines and stories, so I think there is a lot of talk about it over here, but I'm sure it's not that in-depth as to what it's going to do. It's more probably tabloid talk."
THIS SUMMER'S BUSY NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE AND HIS OWN SCHEDULE:
"We're all kind of curious about that, you know. In the not-so-distant future, they will tell us what they expect of us. It's going to be such a difficult summer with two month-long tournaments back to back. That's no easy task. It's going to take some flexibility and give on everyone's part to make it work."
POSSIBLY PLAYING IN BOTH THE GOLD CUP AND COPA AMERICA:
"I don't really know. I'm going to try to do what's asked of me. I don't think myself or any other player is in position to be calling the shots and if they think that, they are probably mistaken. If the manager were to ask me to play in both, I'm sure I would oblige, but we'll see how that works out."
BOB BRADLEY AND HIS PROSPECTS OF GETTING THE FULL-TIME JOB:
"I think myself and all the other players have been asked that question and foolishly we've answered it as if we have any say in the matter. U.S. Soccer will decide that, but what I can tell you is that he has our full support, he has the respect of the players, which I think is the most important thing, and he has that in abundance. He's very confident in his own ability, as he should because he's a successful coach. He knows the American players inside and out, he knows how to coach in our region and across the world, and I think certainly if you need someone qualified for the job, he's the guy. But again I don't make the decisions and it would be foolish of me to think that I did."
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