Tim Howard prepares for training at Sao Paulo FC on June 20, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Tim Howard helped elevate U.S. men’s soccer during his playing days at Manchester United and Everton. Now the longtime USMNT goalie is returning to the English Premier League, this time as a studio analyst.
NBC announced Tuesday that Howard will rejoin its Premier League coverage this season, working in studio alongside Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe. Howard previously worked as a part-time analyst for NBC from 2013-16 while playing for Everton, and more recently did studio analysis for TNT’s Champions League coverage.
“I’m excited to re-join @nbcsports, where I got my start in broadcasting, to cover the @premierleague this season,” Howard posted to Instagram. “After playing for 13 years in the Premier League, and watching regularly since, I can’t wait to get into the studio to provide analysis on the League with Rebecca and the Robbies. It’s going to be a great season, hope you will join us!”
The Premier League season starts on Sept. 12, just seven weeks after the last season ended due to a three-month break to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Howard was a mainstay for the U.S. national team for more than a decade, making 121 appearances from 2002 to 2017 and starting every game at two World Cups, in 2010 and 2014. He was also an unused substitute at the Olympic Games Sydney 2000, where Team USA finished fourth.
The native of North Brunswick, New Jersey, also had a groundbreaking professional career, both in MLS and in England. Howard rose to prominence with the MetroStars in MLS before making a 2003 move to Manchester United. He joined Everton three years later and stayed there through 2016, before coming back to play four seasons with the Colorado Rapids in MLS.
Technically, the 41-year-old Howard still hasn’t retired, as he’s played four games this season for USL Championship side Memphis 901 FC, the second-division for which he is also a minority owner and sporting director.