Tim Howard, as you may remember, stood on his head yesterday. If not for him, the 2-1 loss to Belgium could/would have been far worse. This morning, he had a pretty amusing exchange with Mike and Mike on ESPN Radio about conclusions FIFA may or may not have drawn from his performance. Around the 3:50-mark:
Golic: Take us inside the (I’m sure) pretty somber locker room after the game, and tell us about some of the conversations that were going on.
Howard: I got dragged into drug-testing — again — randomly, so I didn’t hear all of them. I think once I got back into the room it was quiet. Like you said, it was somber. No words can make you feel better. Some guys had tears. Some guys kept sitting quietly. It’s tough. Losing in sports, no matter what sport it is, feels exactly the same. It’s gut-wrenching. We just tried to shower and get out of there as quickly as we could, and get back to our families.
Golic: Do you think after the 10th or 11th save the randomness went out of the drug test? (Laughs.)
Howard: Someone else said that as well. Maybe.
Greenberg: Tim, you’re 35 years old. You’ll be 39 the next time the World Cup rolls around. Do you think this was your last World Cup?
Howard: I was watching some of the videos — I wanna be at the bar, throwing beer around and jumping around when Jozy scores goals. That looks fun to me. I don’t know. I need to kind of take stock of where I’m at. With the emotion of last night, and these whole six weeks, it’s hard to put into context. When the dust settles, I’ll speak to the important people in the decision-making process, have conversations, and see where we go.
Now, these “random” drug tests aren’t exceedingly out of the ordinary — seven Costa Rica players were tested after the team beat Italy two weeks ago; FIFA checks for red cell and hemoglobin discrepancies, hormone levels, and anabolic steroids.
As for Howard, it may not be probable that he’ll be on the USMNT squad in Russia in 2018, but it’d certainly be fun if he were able to make another go at it.
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