Everton Football Club is delighted to announce Tim Howard as the Club’s first International Ambassador in the United States.
The former Blues goalkeeper will make his first appearance in his new role on his Toffees return in Austin, Texas later this month, with fans being invited to attend an exclusive event with the USA great on Saturday 26 October.
As well as being the star guest at the special fan event hosted by the Club, Howard will also represent Everton at NBC's Premier League Mornings Live earlier on the same day for the screening of the Blues' league encounter with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Howard spent 10 years at Goodison Park and his 354 Premier League appearances is a Blues record. The 40-year-old called time on a stellar 22-year professional career after playing his final game for MLS team Colorado Rapids on Sunday.
Howard joined Everton initially on loan in summer 2006 and in 2008/09 recorded 17 Premier League clean sheets – a tally surpassed only four times across a campaign since the Club’s first league season in 1888/89.
In 2008/09, Howard’s two penalty saves sealed the Blues’ FA Cup semi-final shootout success against Manchester United at Wembley.
He made his farewell Everton appearance against Norwich City in May 2016 and left Goodison Park after playing 414 matches in all competitions for the Club.
Howard, who originally came to England when he joined Manchester United from New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 2003, won 121 caps for his country, a record for USA goalkeepers.
His Everton ambassadorial position will see him focus on supporting commercial activities for the Club and its Official Club Partners - and continue to build the profile of Everton in the USA.
Howard's first appearance in his new role at this month’s Premier League Live event in Austin, Texas will take place at the Scholz Garten, the oldest beer garden in America.
His appearance is part of a two-day fan festival that enables Stateside supporters to watch a selection of English top-flight games. Howard will attend the special event on the day the Blues take on Brighton at the Amex stadium.
Following the match, the Club will host a special event for fans at The Haymaker bar in Austin, Texas from midday-3pm CDT. Howard will hold a Q&A to discuss his memorable career and more - before taking part in interactive games with members of the audience on a day to celebrate the Blues.