In an interview with Ad Week, U.S. goaltender Tim Howard spoke about his sudden fame, and plans - or lack thereof - for the 2018 World Cup.
"(The sudden fame is) not overwhelming for me in the sense that I play in England. In England, soccer is just mega—it’s huge. I’ve been there for 11 years. I’ve seen firsthand how people react. Obviously, in America, the non-soccer fans have really taken notice of the sport with the World Cup. That’s been cool to see as an American who is trying to help grow the sport."
Howard also said it's better to be handling the fame now, as a "mature adult who's gone through life experiences," than when he was younger.
More from Ad Week, on whether Howard will play in the 2018 World Cup:
"A lot of things could happen in that time frame," Howard said. "I don’t know the exact answer. I wouldn’t be disappointed if I was part of that run, but there’s a lot of factors that go into that decision."
Howard and the United States men's national team finished second in their World Cup group. They lost to Belgium 2-1 in extra time in the Round of 16, a game that featured a record 16 saves from Howard.
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