Tim Howard Has Day To Forget On First Game Back From Retirement

The former USMNT goalkeeper allowed four goals.

The anticipation and excitement surrounding Tim Howard’s return to soccer was met with a four-goal bashing in Memphis on Saturday night.

Earlier in the week, Memphis 901 FC announced that Howard was coming out of retirement and the club’s part-owner would be starting in goal for the team’s home opener. It turned out to be a return to forget as visiting Indy Eleven scorched Memphis, netting four goals past the former USMNT great.

It all seemed to be running smoothly for Howard as his side took a two-nil lead in the first half, but then, on the stroke of halftime, the scoring frenzy began. Howard definitely started having PTSD of the torturous 2017 to 2019 seasons he experienced with the Colorado Rapids.

It’s not the first time Howard's allowed four goals in one game. During his final season with the Rapids, he had three games with four getting past him. Granted his defense wasn’t exactly doing him any favors in 2019, similar to the Memphis defense on Saturday night.

By no means will there be calls to bench Howard and cancel him after only one game back. Despite this, the Twitter memes and critics still came out in full force after Memphis’ 4-2 defeat.

Better luck next time, Tim. Memphis will be at home again next Saturday when it hosts Saint Louis FC.