USA's Tim Howard hints retirement after Everton contract expires
APR 26, 2014 1:00p ET
Tim Howard, who recently signed a two-year extension with Everton that will keep him playing after he turns 39, recently hinted that he will retire after the contract expires.
"I'll be on a beach somewhere when I'm 40," Howard told ESPNFC.com. "I would pretty much take it to the bank that I won't be playing past 40. There are other things I want to achieve in life, other things that I want to do."
The 35-year-old American has been with the Toffees since 2006, initially moving on a loan basis from Manchester United before the clubs made the arrangement permanent. He was due to reach the end of his stay at Goodison Park at the end of the 2015-16 season but has agreed to a further two years.
Howard, who is expected to be the goaltender for the United States men's team in the World Cup this summer in Brazil, could opt for a front-office position with a soccer club, either in the MLS or where he currently plays in England. One person who will be disappointed is Everton's manager Roberto Martinez, who believed Howard would play into his 40s when he signed his most recent contract extension.
"For him, in such an important year with the World Cup around the corner, to commit his future for the long term is an incredible moment for the dressing room," Martinez was quoted as saying earlier in the month. "I am extremely proud of Tim's achievements for the football club. On top of his goalkeeping it's his overall demeanor and personality in the dressing room. He is a strong leader."
Martinez added: "He has been vital to our overall achievements. It's not just about his performances. As a goalkeeper, you have a big say about what happens in your own goal and to keep the amount of clean sheets that we have this season - which is already two more than last season when we had very good numbers defensively - is impressive.
"Then you see his human values and the way he affects youngsters; he is the perfect role model for out football club. We have a good group of young goalkeepers who can follow that sort of example, and that is why it's so significant he has agreed to stay with Everton for a long, long period."
FOXSoccer.com's newswire services contributed to this report.