The Market for America's No. 1 Export: Goalkeepers
by Victor Jacobo
Aug 26, 2014 12:19 PM EDT
With Tim Howard announcing that he will take a one-year sabbatical from his U.S. Men's National Team duties, the discussion surrounding his decision quickly became about who would replace the 35-year-old veteran for the time being.
I have decided to take some time off from the U.S. Men’s National Team in order to spend more time with my family https://t.co/vAaIXkglrx— tim howard (@TimHowardGK) August 21, 2014
After his inspiring performance during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, it is safe to say that Howard is far from the twilight of his career. Howard's stellar play in the English Premiere League with Everton F.C. was one of the best in the league and earned him a contract extension.
It is still too early to tell where Howard will be come World Cup Qualifiers, but he has his eye on the Copa America in 2016.
Beyond that is a mystery and his replacement should be in the thoughts of USMNT head coach Jürgen Klinsmann. The goalkeeper position has long been the U.S.'s strongest position with exports like Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller coming before Howard.
Here now, we take a look at who may fill in the big shoes, or gloves rather, of Tim Howard and what the future of America's keepers looks like.