Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Everton v. West Ham-Howard Stops PK

I know I am a little behind on this one...thank goodness for tivo, but Everton played West Ham this past weekend and the final score of the match was 2-2 draw.  The score is nothing that really moves me one way or another, but Tim Howard does float my boat.  The US National Goalkeeper plays for Everton and had a save in the first half that warded off defeat against West Ham.  Now this wasn't just any save, this was a save off a penalty kick.  Penalty kicks do not usually end up in the keeper's favor, simply based on the logistics of whomever invented the silly game we call soccer.  Not this day though...Howard was on his game and ready to stop the PK. With Everton up 1-0 in the 37th minute, Howard dove to his right and stunned the Egyptian striker on the spot.  It was a great tactical play by Howard, because he was moving on his line trying to get into the striker's head...and he did!  PK's were always my favorite because of the pressure and gamesmanship that came along with the territory of being a goalkeeper.  Great shot of the save!

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