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Tim Howard returns for Everton in loss to Chelsea

Tim Howard Everton Chelsea (Getty Images)

By RYAN TOLMICH

After nearly two months on the sideline, Tim Howard made a major impact for Everton on Wednesday, albeit in a loss.

Howard and Everton held on to a scoreless draw for 89 minutes Wednesday, but a late winner from Chelsea midfielder Willian earned the league leaders all three points with a victory at Stamford Bridge.

Howard, 35, played a major part in keeping Everton in the game, as Howard made a total of six saves on the afternoon. Howard’s best save came in the 67th minute on a diving one-handed stop of eventual goalscorer Willian.

Howard, who is currently on hiatus from the U.S. Men’s National Team, had been out of action since a defeat to Stoke back in December. Goalkeeper Joe Robles has spelled Howard in his absence and preserved clean sheets in the past three.

Everton now face 11 days off, as Howard and co. return to action Feb. 22 against Leicester City.

What did you think of Howard’s return? How do you see Everton faring for the rest of the season?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. I’d pay to see Timmy when he comes to my MLS stadium or if he was on my team. I might even buuy one of his jerseys. And he’s kind of good at what he does – good enough for 12-15 points probably by just adding him to the lineup.

    Those might be reasons to give him DP money.

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  2. Nice clips of some of his saves on the top plays on Sportcenter today. If he wanted to come back the MLS his marketable status should be able to get him a nice contract.

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    • I doubt anybody wants to pay DP money to a keeper when their current starter probably makes peanuts and does a fairly reasonable job.

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      • I’d pay to see Timmy when he comes to my MLS stadium or if he was on my team. I might even buuy one of his jerseys. And he’s kind of good at what he does – good enough for 12-15 points probably by just adding him to the lineup.

        Those might be reasons to give him DP money.

  3. Who cares if the fans want him, he can do better anyway.

    Come home Tim. Come home.

    32 points back with 3 or 4 months to play. What a waste of a career.

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    • howard holds the record for appearances for a periennal top side in probably the best league in the world. he’s one of the top goalkeepers ever for his country. if he has even a half-decent financial manager, he’s made more than enough money to support his family very comfortably for a long time. yep, what a waste.

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    • Not every player needs to “come home”. Howard certainly likes it a little in England, you know. Howard and Guzan are starting keepers in England, not rotting on a bench or something.

      “32 points back with 3 or 4 months to play. What a waste of a career.”
      By your logic, maybe Birnabaum should move oversees since they no chance at an MLS cup. Or maybe all the national team players should move abroad to avoid a wasted strike season in preparation for the Gold Cup.

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      • You are stretching a bit SBI Troll. LOL.
        Birnbaum has no chance at MLS Cup ? Wow.

        Nate, I don’t disagree with the money side at all. It is why he is still there, no doubt. He is not going to move up at this point, but MLS isn’t going to pay him enough to be in a competitive situation.

  4. What? By all accounts made numerous nice saves to keep Everton in the match and the goal was a deflection that beat Howard. Dr.K,…are you self-medicating?

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    • I was surprised to see a team article on ESPNFC saying that the return of Howard was not welcome by some of the fans who felt that Robles had settled the defense and Howard may have been the root of their team troubles in 2014 in the EPL.

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      • howard hasn’t been at his best this season, so i can understand the ‘backup qb syndrome’ thing, especially since robles has done pretty well recently.

        the bigger problem is that, as with guzan at aston villa, everton haven’t been scoring goals, and so they’ve been relying on the defense to win games.

  5. The fans in Everton are not happy with Howrd. The very poor goal he let in will not help his declining status. Ther is nothing left but for him to come home like DEmpsey and the rest.

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    • geez, his first game back from injury and he “[has a bad game]” (i didn’t see it) and you’re already writing him off and saying he should come retire in the MLS??? wow…. these are our fans…… intelligent, rational fans…….

      (Old School, “intelligent, rational fans……” was sarcasm since i have to spell it out for you…)

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      • Not sure how bad his overall performance was cause I didn’t watch the whole goal but I did see him make a great assist on the goal.

      • yeah, try to find the highlights somewhere; he was really good, and there wasn’t anything he could do about the last goal (deflected off naismith).

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