Howard is the Anchor on an Evolving US Team

He has watched his closest teammates fall on the sidelines courtesy coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Tim Howard though has stood like a rock and says coach is the best judge in the sport.

updated: June 22, 2014 08:19 IST
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No entry past him: Tim Howard during a training session.

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Sao Paulo: Tim Howard did not always like what Jurgen Klinsmann was doing to Howard's closest friends. He actually hated it. One by one, all of the veteran players on the United States national team had their moments with Klinsmann, the coach from Germany, who had made clear since the moment he was hired in 2011 that history and past performance meant nothing to him.

Klinsmann dropped Carlos Bocanegra, the former captain. He benched Michael Bradley. He denigrated Clint Dempsey. With Landon Donovan, he pretty much did all three.

All the while, Howard, the longtime goalkeeper, played the role of supportive teammate and steady hand.

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