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Tim Howard status unclear for 2nd World Cup game

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard, who made several excellent stops in the 1-1 draw with England on Saturday night, will undergo further evaluation later Sunday to assess a rib injury suffered in the first half.

Howard remained in the match after the collision with forward Emile Heskey but was in considerable pain and received a cortisone shot at halftime.

"At this point, there is no answer," Coach Bob Bradley said early Sunday during a media briefing at team headquarters in Irene. "When you see the way Timmy handled himself after the collision, you'd certainly expect he will be on the field again."

Howard was not available to comment Sunday but said after the match: "We'll see what the doctors say. They might want me to get an MRI. They don't think it is [broken], but we'll see."

Should Howard not be able to play against Slovenia on Friday in Johannesburg, Bradley will turn to either Marcus Hahnemann or Brad Guzan. There is no clear-cut No. 2 keeper. Hahnemann is far more experienced, but Guzan has been a national team regular for longer. Guzan started the first tuneup (against the Czech Republic) and Hahnemann played in the second half against Australia last weekend.

"He will be evaluated later today and a decision will be made as to whether he will need further tests," Bradley said of Howard. "Obviously, he was sore. He did a great job of taking a tough hit and staying in it and playing really well."

By Steve Goff  |  June 13, 2010; 8:20 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Tim Howard, World Cup  
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I still don't understand how that wasn't a card on the striker. It was basically a late studs-up challenge, the kind which routinely gets you a card elsewhere on the field.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 13, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Because the ref was completely unwilling to take responsibility for the dangerous challenges all over the field.

Findley and Gerrard both had challanges that should have been straight reds, and will be with most other officals at this cup. I'll admit that the ref was consistant in the game, but I think very inconsistent with what will be called.

Posted by: Wyrm1 | June 13, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

agree

--on DCU just read that Cristman was given the third goal from last week.

Posted by: DCB23 | June 13, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

If it came to it, we are in good hands with Hahnemann, but the loss of Timmy would be a huge setback for Team USA. Marcus is a good
GK, but Timmy is arguably one of the top ten in the world and a difference maker.

Posted by: jofij | June 13, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

If there's really a chance that he won't be ready by Friday, that makes it all the more amazing that he stayed in for 60+ minutes after being injured. That's what heart and adrenaline can do I guess.

Posted by: jake77 | June 13, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I don't see how he won't play. He's a tough, tough dude and this is his time in the spotlight.

What is Bradley expected to say anyway? There is really no need to say he is fit to play. Might as well give Slovenia something extra to think about for Friday.

Posted by: tphasbdp | June 13, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

If Timmy is out with broken ribs, maybe he'll be a little less magnanamous towards the challenge proffered by Heskey. Howard said it was a "fair challenge" with both players having a right to the ball. But since Howard got the ball with his hands, I don't see how a card wasn't issued when that big clod Heskey two-footed Tim in the ribs. Did the ref even call a foul on the play?

Having said that, Hahnemann is the way to go. Guzan rides the pine in England. Reserve matches are no substitute for the live fire the Wolves defense subjected Marcus to all year.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | June 13, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Slovenia didn't look nearly as imposing as I expected. They were lucky to get a win, but I guess we're in no position to complain.

Aside from England, European teams have seemed rather disinterested to this point.

Posted by: benonthehill | June 13, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

TIMMAY!

Posted by: Truckr | June 13, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Hahnemann? I haven't seen him play, except against the Aussies. I was really disappointed with his command of the box and poor decisions on corners/crosses. He made some nice reflex saves.

But this team needs Timmay! to advance in the tournament. Whether or not we'll "need" him to take on Slovenia/Algeria reamins to be seen. My hope is that we get all over those teams early and whomever our goalkeeper is gets to dig sand castles.

Posted by: delantero | June 13, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Slovenia's goal was about as lucky as ours - a complete keeper meltdown (though not as comical as Green's). Slovene defense was sharp, as expected. US keeper won't be as critical as against England.

Posted by: ElrodinTennessee | June 13, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

If there's really a chance that he won't be ready by Friday, that makes it all the more amazing that he stayed in for 60+ minutes after being injured. That's what heart and adrenaline can do I guess.

Posted by: jake77 | June 13, 2010 8:50 AM

...and cortisone.

Posted by: DrBeaker | June 13, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

As Grant Wahl pointed out, it was Hahnemann who was warming up when Howard was down. It's obvious who the US number two is.

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Posted by: rfghhjhk | June 13, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

As Grant Wahl pointed out, it was Hahnemann who was warming up when Howard was down. It's obvious who the US number two is.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey |

Who does Number Two work for? Who does Number Two work for?

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | June 13, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

The reason he wasnt carded is that he was going for the ball and trying to put it in the net.

Posted by: nhusain | June 13, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

The reason he wasnt carded is that he was going for the ball and trying to put it in the net.

Posted by: nhusain | June 13, 2010 4:28 PM
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Nobody disputes this. However, when a player uses a technique that is known to be dangerous (in this case, exposing the studs on both feet), even in connection with an otherwise legal play, that should be called a foul, with a card thrown in for good measure.

Posted by: universityandpark | June 13, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

The reason he wasnt carded is that he was going for the ball and trying to put it in the net.

Posted by: nhusain |
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If you go for a slide tackle, miss, and get the person it is a foul. This was an obvious foul. He missed the ball. Wasn't even close. That's a reckless challenge. The fact he is going studs up makes it even worse. Easy card.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | June 13, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Here's a video of the "foul" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kClN5CyC5g.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | June 13, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Without him, the US is dead in the water.

The US D was terrible against England with the exception of Rooney.....and it should have been 3-1 or 4-1 England if they could finish some shots. Those breakaways that they got several times were a JOKE to give up

Posted by: Bious | June 13, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

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