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Solid play earns Howard permanent spot, lucrative deal with Everton.

Tim Howard
Tim Howard (left) was not happy when Manchester United acquired Edwin Van der Saar (right) and handed him the starting goalkeeping job, but that did not prevent him from joining his Dutch teammate at a benefit for Henshaws Society for Blind People. Here, they share a moment with nine-year-old Brandon.
-- Henshaws Society for Blind People web site photo --
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.),
SoccerTimes

(Sunday, February 18, 2007) -- Strong play for Everton led to the end of United States goalkeeper Tim Howard's relationship with Manchester United.

Everton, which acquired Howard for 2006-07 on a season-long loan, made the move permanent this week and offered Howard a five-year contract, the richest deal ever offered to an American soccer player, his agent said.

Since the most recent transfer window closed January 31, Howard will remain on loan for the remainder of the English Premier League season. Then, United, which reportedly was paying Howard close to $2 million per year, will receive an undisclosed transfer fee to send Howard to the Toffees.

Terms of the Howard's pact were not announced. "This move for Tim is absolutely terrific," Dan Segal, his agent, told reporters. "Everton has been a perfect fit for him from day one. The financial package -- the largest ever for an American soccer player -- that the club put together to keep him says everything about their commitment to Tim and the fact that Tim has signed for five years says everything about his commitment in return."

Howard, 27, who has posted shutouts in his last three outings, is idle this weekend as the FA Cup fifth round is competed. Everton was eliminated in the fourth round 4-1 by Blackburn Rovers. In 27 appearances this season, Howard has 11 clean sheets.

On February 7, Howard made his 16th international appearance and helded the U.S. men blank Mexico 2-0 in a friendly in Glendale, Ariz.

After Man. U. drubbed visiting Everton 3-0 November 29, manager Alex Ferguson responded to a reporter's question saying Howard's return to Old Trafford was possible. However, the three goals allowed apparently caused Everton to come to the conclusion that it needed Howard, who had not played in the match because he was on-loan from United, and the club began serious negotiations for his transfer and United actively starting looking at young goalkeepers during the January transfer window.

On February 10, Howard ran his shutout string to three with a 1-0 triumph over visiting Blackburn Rovers, who had American goalkeeper Brad Friedel in net before 35,593 at Goodison Park.

Howard made six saves, the best coming on either side of the halftime break. In the 45th minute, he stopped a drive from Zurab Khizanishvili. In the 46th, he just managed to turn away a 30-yard blast by Paul Gallagher.

On February 3, Howard registered nine saves to frustrate Liverpool in a 0-0 draw before 44,234 at Anfield.

He denied Peter Crouch early and was relieved when Craig Bellamy put away a rebound, only to have the apparent goal negated by an offside call. In the 20th minute, Howard stretched full-length to deny Dirk Kuyt. In the second half, he did very well on a long drive by Xabi Alonso.

On January 21, Howard made seven saves, none very challenging in a 2-0 road win over Wigan behind two second-half goals by Mikel Arteta at JJB Stadium.

Manchester United acquired Howard from the MetroStars in the summer of 2003, the middle of the Major League Soccer season. He moved quickly into the starting lineup, hastening the departure of Fabian Barthez, the goalkeeper for France's 1998 World Cup champion, by the following January.

Howard was in net when United downed Millwall 3-0 in the 2004 FA Cup final, but he got off to a bad start to the next season and lost his starting job to Roy Carroll by October 2004. This did not deter United from extending Howard's contract to the summer of 2009, though the club acquired Edwin Van der Saar prior to the 2005-06 season and handed him the starting job.

When. Man. U. signed Polish goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak as a backup to Van der Saar last summer, Howard realized it was time to move on, accepted the loan to Everton and immediately stepped in to replace the retired Nigel Martyn.

After making 43 appearances -- 31 in league play-- during his first season and 27 in 2004-05 -- including 12 in league and five in the European Champions League -- Howard was reduced last season to playing in five Cup matches and coming off the bench once in league play.

Howard, the 2001 MLS "Goalkeeper of the Year" was a member of the U.S. World Cup team last summer in Germany, but did not play.

Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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