The American spotlight at Everton’s match against Bolton on Wednesday was supposed to shine on Landon Donovan, the U.S. World Cup star who returned to the English Premier League club on short-term loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy. Donovan played all 90 minutes and performed well, particularly in the first half, but compatriot Tim Howard received the primary attention.
The veteran goalkeeper scored from about 100 yards, a 63rd-minute clearing effort that was aided by fierce winds before taking an unexpected hop over Bolton counterpart Adam Bogdan. Bolton responded, however, beating Howard in the 67th and 78th minutes to earn a 2-1 victory at Everton’s Goodison Park in Liverpool.
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.