Goalkeeper Tim Howard, the hero of the World Cup, for the United States, is taking a sabbatical from the national team.
Howard will not be considered for selection to the U.S. roster until September 2015.
“Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time,” Howard said in a release at the U.S. Soccer web site. “I am grateful for the willingness of both Jürgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez to afford me the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It’s the right decision at the right time. Jürgen has always been up front with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with, so I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.”
Howard will continue playing with Everton, but he will miss the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Klinsmann said in the release on that he will get a better look at Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando.
“We have young talented goalkeepers with Sean Johnson and Bill Hamid, who have been brought along the last couple years, so this may give them a chance here and there to get some game time,” Klinsmann said in the release. “Always when somebody steps aside for a moment, it gives an opportunity for the next ones in line.”
Howard, 35, is the U.S. team’s all-time leader for goalkeepers in appearances (104) and wins (55).