Tim Howard has been absent from action since limping off the pitch in USA’s loss to Mexico, and four months after he has returned between the sticks for Colorado Rapids.
Howard looked sharp and stronger in the match against the New York Red Bulls, despite losing 1-0.
“I felt good, I felt sharp,” Howard told Goal. “Ticked a lot of boxes. It’s not like I’ve just come off the couch. I’ve been training at least a month now. I would have liked to have gotten some games in preseason, but that’s not the case here, and my hands were tied a little bit in terms of trying to get reserve games. We made it work, and I felt, certainly going into it, that I was sharp.”
“It was mostly about how he felt, and making sure he was completely recovered from the injury, and not having to think about whether or not he can kick the ball because he wasn’t there yet,” Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni added. “He felt great this week, and I think he’s ready to rock.”