Howard has been a USA regular since helping his country win the Gold Cup in 2007. He made a career-high 13 international appearances last year, and won the Golden Gloves award for the best goalkeeper at the Confederations Cup in South Africa.
He was recently described by his club manager, David Moyes, as being one of Everton’s “best performers this season.” Howard appeared in all but one of Everton’s 52 games, having been an ever-present the previous season.
He joined Everton for £3m in February 2007 after an initial six-month loan spell from Manchester United, where he had made 77 appearances and become the first American to win the FA Cup, in 2004.
He was born in New Jersey to an American father and Hungarian mother, and spent the first five years of his professional career with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars. Prior to that, he was a high school basketball star and took his team to the state finals in his senior year.
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