Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Copa America: Howard to Start in Goal for U.S. vs. Colombia

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Copa America: Howard to Start in Goal for U.S. vs. Colombia

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GLENDALE, Ariz. * Tim Howard remember him? will be in goal for just the fourth time in five months when the United States plays Colombia on Saturday night for third place in the Copa America.

Howard started in his second straight World Cup two years ago and had 16 saves in the 2-1, extra-time loss to Belgium in the round of 16. He took a one-year sabbatical from the national team, then returned last fall and alternated with Brad Guzan. But Guzan, who started in last year's CONCACAF Gold Cup, also earned the job for this year's Copa America.

Guzan has started in nine straight games, but U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Friday that Howard will be in goal against Colombia "because he has been outstanding to help the team go all the way through in this tournament, helping Brad Guzan wherever he could, keeping the spirit very positive and pushing from behind."

"He's totally on board the fact to give Tim this game," the coach said.

Speaking to the media for the first time since Klinsmann picked him over Guzan in May, Howard was asked if it had been a long wait to get this chance.

"Uh, yeah," he said.

And he said it didn't matter to him that it was a third-place game against a Colombia team coming off a 2-0 semifinal loss to Chile. The U.S. was eliminated with a 4-0 defeat to Argentina.

"It's not hard to get up for," Howard said. "It's the third- place game in Copa America. No one thought we'd be here, so it's exciting."

Since Joel Robles supplanted him as Everton's starter in late January, Howard has appeared in just three games a 2-0 loss at Guatemala in a World Cup qualifier on March 25, and in the Toffees' last two home games, raising his Everton appearances to 414. He joins Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids next month.

The 31st-ranked United States lost to No. 3 Colombia 2-0 in the Copa opener.

"I think we played a very good game," Klinsmann said, "but we conceded our first goal on a corner kick, where we lost a marker, and then a penalty kick that was 'discussable,' but the end result, bottom line is 2-nil."

Klinsmann believes the U. …

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