The full roster for the next round of World Cup qualifiers was announced this afternoon, and the lone representative of the Colorado Rapids will be Tim Howard. This isn’t a surprise to anyone because Howard has been head coach Bruce Arena’s go-to goalkeeper whenever he is healthy.
Howard last played with the national team a couple months ago in March vs. Costa Rica, after recovering from surgery from an adductor injury sustained vs. Mexico in November 2016.
When asked about the pool of goalkeepers, which also includes veterans Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando, as well as newcomer Ethan Horvath from Club Brugge, Arena said:
“Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, and Nick Rimando are certainly very experienced goalkeepers and have proven that they can play well for the U.S. team. They’re all doing well. Obviously, Brad had an opportunity to play a number of games at the end of the season with Middlesbrough. Playing on a team that got relegated, it’s not surprising to see that his goalkeeping statistics might not be that impressive. I thought in those games he played well and it’s good experience for him.
Rimando is back from an injury and played well over the last week, and Tim Howard has had a good start in MLS. Coming off a suspension has played well of late. I think we’re going to camp with three good, experienced goalkeepers. In Ethan Horvath’s case, he’s one of our young, promising goalkeepers that we need to see. We won’t have the opportunity to see him for the Gold Cup, so we wanted to see him in this camp and he’s also from Denver so it worked out pretty well.”
If Howard gets the start over Brad Guzan, the June 8th match in Denver will be his 36th World Cup Qualifying match appearance.
The U.S. Men’s National Team will be traveling to Salt Lake City to play a friendly vs. Venezuela on June 3rd, which means Rapids’ backup Zac MacMath should start against Columbus Crew.
Here’s the full 27-man roster:
Congrats, Tim! We’re excited to cheer you on from DSGP!