In this inspiring, down-to-earth memoir the revered goalkeeper and American icon idolized by millions worldwide for his dependability, daring, and humility recounts his rise to stardom at the 2014 World Cup, the psychological and professional challenges he has faced, and the enduring faith that has sustained him.
In The Keeper, the man who electrified the world with his amazing performance in Brazil does something he would never do on a soccer field: he drops his guard. As fiercely protective about his privacy as he is guarding the goal on the field, Howard opens up for the first time about how a hyperactive kid from New Jersey with Tourette’s syndrome defied the odds to become one of the world’s premier goalkeepers.
The Keeper recalls his childhood, being raised by a single mother who instilled in him a love of sports and a devout Christian faith that helped him cope when he was diagnosed with Tourette’s in the fifth grade. He looks back over his fifteen-year professional career—from becoming the youngest player to win MLS Goalkeeper of the Year to his storied move to the English Premier League with Manchester United and his current team, Liverpool’s Everton, to becoming an overnight star after his record-making performance with the United States Men’s National Team. He also talks about the things closest to his heart—the importance of family and the Christian beliefs that guide him.
Told in his thoughtful and articulate voice, The Keeper is an illuminating look at a remarkable man who is an inspirational role model for all of us.
The Keeper is illustrated with two 8-page color photo inserts.
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About the Author
Tim Howard is the goalkeeper for Everton in the English Premier League and the U.S. men's national team. He previously played for the MetroStars in Major League Soccer and for the storied Manchester United. In July 2014, he broke the record for most saves (fifteen) in a World Cup game. He also works as a soccer broadcaster on NBC's weekly coverage of the EPL.
Table of Contents
Author's Note ix
Part 1 USA vs. Belgium: Pregame 3
In New Jersey, Anything Is Possible 9
Goals That Mattered 19
My Own Private Soccer Academy 35
"It Will Take a Nation of Millions to Hold Me Back" 43
Like Nowhere Else 55
Growing Up 65
"We've Got Our Eyes on You" 75
"To Whom Much Is Given" 85
Part 2 USA vs. Belgium: Warning Shots 101
"You're Not in America Anymore, Son" 103
The Longest Season 121
Like Coming Home 151
Part 3 USA vs. Belgium: Nothing Gets Through 165
Gold Cup 169
Slaying Dragons 181
"Look at Me Now, Poppa" 195
"Can We Get Beyond This?" 215
Part 4 USA vs. Belgium: Still Alive 223
Moving Forward 237
Changing the Scoreboard 245
New Faces 257
World Cup Training 265
Team USA 273
Making History 285
Game of My Life 295
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
From start to finish, The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them is a very good book. Although Tim Howard has been playing soccer most of his life, he became famous on the world’s stage in 2014 when playing for the United States National Team. This is his story in his words. The details of his childhood battles with hyperactivity and Tourettes Syndrome are especially touching. He shows us how anyone can achieve greatness if they put their mind to it and work hard.
Bought this book for my son for Christmas and he said it is very good.