Tim Howard, the U.S. goalkeeper known for his heroics at the 2014 World Cup, has agreed to a multi-year deal with NBC Sports to return as part of its broadcast team for the English Premier League, the network announced Tuesday.
Howard is currently a goalkeeper for Everton in the Premier League, and will work up to 10 games for NBC Sports in 2014/2015 that fit around his playing schedule. He worked seven games as an analyst last season.
For this season's games, Howard will serve as both a game and studio analyst.
Pierre Moossa, the coordinating producer for NBCSN’s Premier League production, recently spoke with SI about Howard's future in broadcasting:
“Should Tim choose to make television his career after he retires, he will have a bright future,” Moossa said. “He seemed to have the same approach for our broadcasts as he would for a match. He would watch back and critique his prior NBC telecast. We would then review it together on a conference call. He was always looking for feedback. His tremendous work ethic, his eagerness to learn and his desire to improve will ensure his success in the broadcast booth. You could tell by working with him, that regardless of this being a side project, he would not settle for anything less than his absolute best.”
Everton and Howard open Premier League play on Aug. 16 at Leicester City.
- Molly Geary