Mention Tim Howard to anyone who knows soccer, and the words “one of the best keepers in the game” normally comes up. However, after last night’s 4-2 Gold Cup Final loss to Mexico in front of over 93,000 fans at the Rose Bowl, Howard got all Tea Party and Extreme Patriot in his post-game comments.
The comments came when Howard left the US locker room after the game and began to talk to reporters. The post-game celebration, which had catered to a pro-Mexico crowd at the Rose Bowl, was in full gear. And mostly in Spanish.
According to reports from Sportin Life, Howard was asked about the young talent on Mexico’s team, and he responded with this:
“CONCACAF should be ashamed of themselves. I think it was a (expletive) disgrace that the entire post-match ceremony was in Spanish. You can bet your (butt) if we were in Mexico City it wouldn’t be all in English.”
The goalkeeper composed himself and then said, “That’s not why we lost the game. They have some special players.”
The article continues:
The trophy ceremony was emceed by Fernando Fiore, a popular sports anchor on U.S. Spanish-language TV network Univision, which broadcast the Gold Cup. Several observers said Fiore did use some English during the ceremony, which included the awarding of silver medals to the vanquished U.S., but most of the proceedings were conducted in the language of the victors. Sporting News was at the Rose Bowl during rehearsal earlier Saturday, when Fiore used far more English than he did following the game.
Another awkward moment occurred after the Americans collected their medals, as organizers attempted to usher them behind a Gold Cup sign for a team photo. The players appeared to have no interest and several tried to walk away as officials attempted to steer the team back. As some lingered and some headed toward the locker room, it became clear the picture wasn’t going to happen. The stage hands gave up and turned their attention toward Mexico.
Howard was asked about that moment, and said, “It never ceases to amaze me, all that stuff.”
It was a strange end to a tough night for the U.S., which not only included a blown 2-0 lead in a championship game, but the difficulty of feeling like a visiting team on home soil. Mexican fans occupied what appeared to be 80 percent to 90 percent of the Rose Bowl.
“Obviously, the support that Mexico has on a night like tonight makes it a home game for them,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. “Certainly we have some fans, but the overwhelming amount of support (for Mexico) is something that we expected and as a team we understand it’s part of what we’ve got to deal with tonight. It was still a great atmosphere.”
Dear Tim, we know you were pissed because you lost and your defensive mates sucked, but really? You gotta get all jingoistic and pro-America on us? Most knowledgeable soccer fans have always RESPECTED YOU, but like Ricky Ricardo used to say, “You go some splainin’ to do.”