Photo by ISIPhotos.com
By DAN KARELL
When Tim Howard took the field for the U.S. Men’s National Team against Nigeria on Saturday, he reached a mark that has only been passed by 14 other players in USMNT history.
A dozen years after making his debut on March 10, 2002, Howard earned his 100th cap on Saturday evening, making him the third goalkeeper in USMNT history to achieve a century of appearances. Since his first appearance, Howard has been to two Gold Cups, two Confederations Cups, and is set to start in his second World Cup after being a reserve in Germany 2006.
While the goalkeeping position has always been a strength for the U.S., it was easy to see early on that Howard was a special talent and it was only a matter of time before he wrested the starting position and held onto it for years to come.
Here is a look back at Howard’s journey to 100 caps in pictures (all photos by ISI Photos):
2002 (First cap vs. Ecuador)
2003 (vs. Argentina)
2004 (vs. Honduras)
2006 (vs. Poland)
2007 (vs. Mexico)
2008 (vs. Argentina)
2009 Confederations Cup (vs. Spain)
2010 World Cup (vs. Ghana)
2011 (vs. Mexico)
2012 (vs. Italy)
2013 (vs. Mexico after clinching a place in the 2014 World Cup)
2014 (vs. Nigeria)
What is your favorite memory of Howard in a U.S. Men’s National Team uniform? What do you consider his best game?
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