Most people dream of scoring goals, Tim Howard, has shown us the power of stopping them.
As the current Soccer World Cup Record holder for the most saves in a tournament game with 15 stops, Tim has rightly earned his place among the US Men’s National Team as one of the best goalkeepers of all-time. Wikipedia didn’t officially name Tim the Secretary of Defense for no reason. Tim has 121 caps, an all-time record for the United States men’s national team. He has played over 800 games and has 2 consecutive starting world cup appearances. And now that he’s officially retired, Tim is turning his attention to the next generation of players, right here in Memphis, as the new Sporting Director for Memphis 901 FC.
The Memphis 901 FC was founded in 2018 with Tim as a minority owner. The team made their debut in the USL Championship in 2019 finishing with a 9-7-18 mark, five spots away from making the playoffs. They may not have brought home the gold, but they certainly knew how to attract viewers, averaging the league’s ninth-highest attendance with more than 6,500 fans each game.
“As a minority owner, it’s nice to sit up there in a suite,” says Tim, but “by the nature of who I am, my competitive spirit, the goalkeeper in me, this role (of the sporting director) has given me an excitement that mimics playing.”
The club is also owned by Peter Freund, principal owner of Trinity Sports Holdings, and Craig Unger. Both couldn’t help but shower praises on Tim:
- “Tim has been integral to our pursuit of excellence,” Peter Freund said in a statement. “There is no one who cares more deeply about this organization, this soccer community and its future more than Tim does.”
- “The wealth of knowledge and experience Tim brings to this role cannot be replicated,” Memphis president Craig Unger said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Tim to building upon our success of our inaugural season.”
As Tim explains, “I have a vision of what I want the club to be.” As he sees it, the future looks very bright for Memphis soccer. He adds, “my goal is to learn, get better and keep pushing. I want to bring this team a championship.”
Born in North Brunswick, New Jersey, Tim was invited to join the Olympic Development Program in 1991 at the age of 13. He then earned his first US Men’s National Team cap in 2002 and made his first FIFA World Cup roster in 2006 as the understudy to Kasey Keller in Germany. Becoming the first-choice keeper the following year, he cemented his status with a 2-1 victory over Mexico in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final with an astonishing 89th minute save to preserve the lead.
When Tim began his soccer career years ago, he had one simple goal—to play the sport for which he had passion. He never dreamt that he would make an impact as a team leader, game-changer, record-setter, spokesman and icon in what turned into a remarkable and legendary 20-year career for club and country.
In his role with Memphis 901 FC, he will help and direct the club in selecting and finding players, developing the club’s philosophy, and hiring technical staff members. The city and people of Memphis are familiar with Tim, as he’s lived in the city in off-seasons since 2003.