FA Cup star Tim Howard checks in from England

FA Cup star Tim Howard checks in from England

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FA Cup star Tim Howard checks in from England

Tim Howard 2 (AP) 

You couldn't blame Tim Howard if he wanted to take some time to enjoy Everton's dramatic FA Cup semifinal victory vs. Manchester United on Sunday, but life in the EPL doesn't leave much time for basking in the glow of victories.

Howard is still in London as he and Everton prepare to face Chelsea in a league match on Wednesday. The U.S. national team goalkeeper took time out from his hectic schedule to answer the SBI Questions (He actually answered a record number of questions, answers that will be coming soon) as well as to discuss Sunday's thrilling victory.

"I can't even remember the last game that felt that good," Howard said of the FA Cup semifinal victory. "It's probably the most joy I've felt after a victory in a long, long time.

"The drama of the game, and being able to accomplish this with a group of guys I consider genuine friends, made it special."

Howard acknowledged that beating his former team made the victory sweeter, but insisted that there were no ill feelings toward his old club.

"I don't have any hard feelings, if anything it's the opposite, but the way the game played out made it special," Howard said. "We have a couple of ex-United players on the team, the game was very close and it came down to penalties, so it wound up meaning more than probably I thought it would."

The victory means Howard will take part in his third FA Cup final. He helped Manchester United win in 2004. Howard admitted that this trip has a more special feeling to it.

"I didn't take it for granted when I made it with United twice, but when you get something so quickly it's hard to gain a true appreciation for it," Howard said. "You almost think it's your divine right to get there. I think I realize now how much more difficult it is, so I'm able to appreciate it a lot more this time around."

Howard also addressed the questions about the Wembley Stadium turf, which Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger criticized after their teams lost in both FA Cup semifinals.

"I don't think it was that bad," Howard said of the field. "The crazy thing is we play in England. We play 38 games in England and I can tell you we probably play in 28 games where the field is worse than that."

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