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The keeper : a life of saving goals and achieving them
Howard, Tim, 1979-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014].
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ix, 309 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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
Pregame. In New Jersey, anything is possible ; Goals that mattered ; My own private soccer academy ; "It will take a nation of millions to hold me back" ; Like nowhere else ; Growing up ; "We've got our eyes on you" ; "To whom much is given" -- Warning shots. "You're not in America anymore, son" ; The longest season ; Benched ; #24 ; Like coming home -- Nothing gets through. Gold cup ; Slaying dragons ; "Look at me now, Poppa" ; "Can we get beyond this?" -- Still alive. Divorce ; Moving forward ; Changing the scoreboard ; Broken ; New faces ; World cup training ; Team USA ; Making history ; Game of my life.
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"I believe that we will win."

In the summer of 2014, Tim Howard became an overnight sensation after more than ten years as one of America's leading professional soccer players. His record-breaking 15 saves for the United States national team against Belgium in the World Cup electrified a nation that had only recently woken up to the Beautiful Game after decades of hibernation.

An estimated TV audience of 21 million viewers in the U.S.--larger than those of the NBA and NHL finals--watched Howard's heroic performance against the heavily favored Belgians in which he repelled shots with his hands, feet, legs, knees, and even his signature long beard.

Suddenly an athlete who had toiled in relative anonymity for much of his career became the star of his own Internet meme ("Things Tim Howard Could Save": from Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" to the Titanic), and fielded personal calls from the likes of President Barack Obama ("You guys did us proud. . . . I don't know how you are going to survive the mobs when you come back home, man. You'll have to shave your beard so they don't know who you are").

In this inspiring and candid memoir, the beloved U.S. and Everton goalkeeper finally allows himself to do something that he would never do on the field: he drops his guard. Howard opens up for the first time about how a hyperactive kid from New Jersey with Tourette Syndrome defied the odds to become one of the greatest American keepers in history. He recalls his childhood, being raised by a single mother who instilled in him a love of all sports--he was also a standout high school basketball player--and a devout faith that helped him cope with a disorder that manifested itself with speech and facial tics, compulsive behavior, and extreme sensitivity to light, noise, and touch.

The Keeper is also a chronicle of the personal sacrifices he's made for his career, including the ultimate dissolution of Howard's marriage--a casualty of what he calls his "addiction to winning"--and its most painful consequence: his separation from his two children.

A treat for soccer fans, The Keeper will even captivate readers who are unfamiliar with the sport but want to know what makes a world-class athlete different from the rest of us--and where that difference gives way to common ground.

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. ix
Part 1 USA vs. Belgium: Pregamep. 3
In New Jersey, Anything Is Possiblep. 9
Goals That Matteredp. 19
My Own Private Soccer Academyp. 35
"It Will Take a Nation of Millions to Hold Me Back"p. 43
Like Nowhere Elsep. 55
Growing Upp. 65
"We've Got Our Eyes on You"p. 75
"To Whom Much Is Given"p. 85
Part 2 USA vs. Belgium: Warning Shotsp. 101
"You're Not in America Anymore, Son"p. 103
The Longest Seasonp. 121
Benchedp. 129
#24p. 141
Like Coming Homep. 151
Part 3 USA vs. Belgium: Nothing Gets Throughp. 165
Gold Cupp. 169
Slaying Dragonsp. 181
"Look at Me Now, Poppa"p. 195
"Can We Get Beyond This?"p. 215
Part 4 USA vs. Belgium: Still Alivep. 223
Divorcep. 225
Moving Forwardp. 237
Changing the Scoreboardp. 245
Brokenp. 251
New Facesp. 257
World Cup Trainingp. 265
Team USAp. 273
Making Historyp. 285
Game of My Lifep. 295
Epiloguep. 303
Acknowledgmentsp. 307

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