By now you’ve surely seen the video of Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard’s ridiculous goal against Bolton from 100 yards downfield.
(If not, check it out below the jump.)
The tally was only the fourth by a goalkeeper Premier League history, and it’s a highlight that won’t soon be forgotten.
Howard blasted the ball from about five yards inside his own penalty area, it bounced about 30 yards in front of the Bolton goal and then flew over backpeddling Wanderers keeper Adam Bogdan and into the back of the net.
The American keeper hardly flinched as his teammates mobbed him in celebration. And like any seasoned goal-scorer, Howard was quick to give credit to the party responsible for the assist on his goal — which, in this case, was the wind.
“I was delighted that we were in the lead and would hopefully go on to get three points, but it’s not a nice feeling for a keeper. It’s really awful actually,” Howard told Sky Sports. “For the back four and the goalkeepers at both ends, there was an awful wind swirling. You could see everybody was mistiming balls. Defenders were missing clearances that normally they would put up the field. I think the wind is the hardest condition to play in. Snow, rain, sun doesn’t matter, but the wind really does play tricks on you.”
And like any season goalkeeper, Howard was also quick to apologize to his counterpart, who ended up looking rather silly on his backside in his own net.
“I let him know that I was feeling for him,” Howard said he told Bogdan. “It’s not a nice place to be. I’ve been there before, a long, long time ago, and that was why I didn’t celebrate.”
Video of the goal became an instant Internet sensation on Wednesday afternoon and by Thursday afternoon, “Tim Howard” was the top-trending search term on Google.
Not too shabby, Timmy.
Of course, lost in the goal was the fact that Everton’s field players — including fellow American star Landon Donovan — failed to score and Bolton won the match 2-1.
As the Washington Post’s Steven Goff was quick to point out on Soccer Insider, Howard’s feat, while rare, is hardly unprecedented.
It goes without saying: Goals scored by goalkeepers from long distance are highly unusual. But they have happened over history. David Bingham of the MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes accomplished it last summer in a friendly against English club West Brom.
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