Tim Howard: The Keeper
With soccer at its highest level of popularity in American history, it seems only fitting to review a great read about what the Brazilian great Pele called the beautiful game. Tim Howard has been a stalwart in goal his entire career. Howard became well-known in American popular culture after his performance in the 2014 World Cup. Most notably, his performance in the Round of 16 against Belgium was breathtaking. Howard finished the game with 15 saves, a World Cup record.
Howard’s autobiography is one terrific piece of work in a career that has been full of them. It is rare that we see such a heartfelt memoir from a professional athlete of Howard’s caliber. One might put The Keeper in the same category as Agassi’s Open. Howard muses on his hardscrabble upbringing, his lifelong struggle with Tourette’s Syndrome and OCD, his decision to forgo college, and his illustrious professional career. Howard manages to show the reader the highs and lows of his career in a way that isn’t watered down.
A story about overcoming adversity and conquering all challenges will resonate with readers long after they have put the book down. Diehard footie fan, or casual observer, you need to read this book. It is the perfect page turner for the summer offseason.