Tim Howard, the United Stats goalkeeper who rose to fame during the World Cup inspiring memes, has chosen to take a one year break for the National Men’s Team.
The 35-year-old Howard will continue to play for Everton in the English Premier League and attempt to spend more time with his family.
“Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time,” Howard said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer.
“I am grateful for the willingness of both Jurgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez to afford me the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It’s the right decision at the right time.
“Jurgen has always been up front with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with, so I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.”