A few minutes with Tim Howard
U.S. World Cup goalkeeper Tim Howard said Wednesday that his rib injury has left him sore but "when you get on the field and your mind is on the game, it takes away from the pain."
Howard is expected to start Friday against Slovenia at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
"The rest [time] is going to be huge, but we're just trying to flush the area, get the swelling out," Howard said of the injury below his right arm. "I am kind of looking forward to those [pain-killer] injections, actually."
He never underwent X-rays or an MRI exam, he said, and "it doesn't feel like [there are any fractures] at the moment. Not knowing is probably better, but if the docs and the medical team felt like I needed it, I would certainly do it. But at the moment, I don't think it is" broken.
His only concern in the days leading to the Slovenia match is "if I have to go full stretch -- and I am hoping I don't -- and end up landing on it too hard, it might set me back," he said. "But we've got plenty of padding and plenty of ideas on how to stop that. I won't be stupid with it -- at least I don't think I will be."
Responding to Slovenia midfielder Andrej Komac's declaration of victory Friday, Howard said: "Talk is cheap. He has got to stand toe to toe and they have got to stand toe to toe with us for 90 minutes. If he is still standing, I will take my hat off to him. A lot of boxers talk too and they're looking up at the lights, and next thing you know, they are trying to figure out how they got there. That means nothing to us. We know they are probably feeling confident after getting three points, and rightfully so."
Assessing Slovenia's opener against Algeria, he said: "It was a weird game because it was early in the day and a little bit all over the place. There wasn't a ton of possession."
What did he think of Maicon's impossibly angled shot against North Korea last night?
"There was a moment in the Confederations Cup [last year] where he did the same thing to me and I almost got caught cheating. I ended up blocking it and falling into the goal. It's a no-brainer for him because, if he hits it as hard as he can, like he did, he can catch you out, and if he mis-hits it and tops it, he puts it right back into the mix. He definitely meant it and it's a tough play" for a goalkeeper.
You might have noticed the American players, during the national anthem Saturday, with an arm extended onto a teammate's shoulder.
"We feel like brothers and we feel a camaraderie," Howard said. "There are not a lot of egos on the team and we wanted to bring that sense of brotherhood out. It will stick for a while."
Finally, did you know that Howard, one of the finest goalkeepers in England's Premier League, doesn't even like playing that position?
"I don't like being goalie. Even now, I don't. I don't enjoy games. I never enjoy playing in games. I enjoy the buildup sometimes, and I certainly enjoy afterward. But it's way too intense. I'd like to play out in the midfield -- holding midfield -- breaking up play and passing it to the more talented guys."
So now you know.
June 16, 2010; 9:50 AM ET
Categories: 2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team | Tags: American soccer, Tim Howard, World Cup
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