Football Ultimate Team aficionados already know this, but Tim Howard was named to the starting lineup of FIFA17’s FUT Team of the Week (TOTW) for week.
EA’s FIFA17 includes hundreds of thousands of real-world soccer players from twenty-eight separate leagues. In FUT mode, players cobble together the best teams through opening ‘packs’ earned by playing and winning matches and earning coins. Players gain additional advantages by sharing ‘chemistry’ with other players on a squad; for instance, two players from the same nation, same team, or same league operate better together than multiple random soccer players, regardless of their ability.
Howard’s performance in the Rapids penalty shootout doubtlessly earned him the ‘callup’ to the FUT TOTW for week 8. FIFA FUT issues a new Howard ‘card’ on the occasion. Howard’s regular card earns him an 81 overall rating; his TOTW edition is upgraded to an 84 overall rating
Howard joins an elite group of soccer players in this week’s FUT lineup. Here is a complete list of starting XI:
GK: Tim Howard - Colorado Rapids (MLS) - United States
CB: Lisandro López - SL Benifica (Portugal) - Argentina
CB: Kevin Vogt - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany) - Germany
LB: George Friend - Middlesborough (England) - England
CM: Miralem Pjanic - Juventus (Italy) - Bosnia and Herzegovina
CAM: Salomon Kalou - Hertha BSC (Germany) - Côte d'Ivoire
CAM: Ryad Boudebouz - Montpellier (France) - Algeria
RM: Mohamed Salah - Roma (Italy) - Eqypt
RW: Gareth Bale - Real Madrid (Spain) - Wales
ST: Roberto Firmino - Liverpool (England) - Brazil
ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Borussia Dortmund (Germany) - Gabon
Howard’s only MLS company in the FUT team this week is Sebastian Giovinco, who made the FUT TOTW reserves on the back of his outstanding hat-trick against hapless NYCFC.
This is not the first time a Colorado Rapids player has merited a spot on FUT’s TOTW. Marc Burch earned a spot in TOTW in FIFA16.