Goalkeeper scores on 90-yard kick
Everton teammate Sylvain Distin congratulates goalkeeper Tim Howard after he scored against Bolton on Wednesday night.
January 5th, 2012
09:27 AM ET

Goalkeeper scores on 90-yard kick

The goalkeeper sends it long ... Gooaaalllll!

American Tim Howard on Wednesday joined a select group of goalkeepers to score from the length of the field in the Barclays Premier League, England's top soccer league, which is widely considered the world's top league.

Howard's goal sails over Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

Everton's Howard, kicking from his own goal area, sent the ball long into the windy night. It took one bounce behind the Bolton defense, and then the wind blew it over Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and into the Bolton net, 90 yards or so from where Howard struck the ball.

Watch Howard's goal.

Howard joins another American, Brad Friedel, and Peter Schmeichel and Paul Robinson as goalkeepers to score in Britain's elite league. That's just four goals from keepers among the almost 20,000 scored in the league's 20-year history.

But Howard had two reasons not to be too happy with his good fortune. One, though his 63rd-minute goal gave Everton a 1-0 lead, Bolton notched two goals to pull off an upset win. Two, goalkeepers are a pretty tight brotherhood who don't like to see misfortune come upon each other.

"I let (Bogdan) know that I was feeling for him. It's not a nice place to be. I've been there before, a long, long time ago, and that was why I didn't celebrate," ESPN Soccernet quoted Howard as saying.

Howard said the conditions in the stadium were rough.

"It's really awful actually. For the back four and the goalkeepers at both ends, there was an awful wind swirling. You could see everybody was mistiming balls," Howard was quoted in the Daily Mail.

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  1. Diego

    RE: Chancas Comment

    Yes, Barcelona and Real are probably the two best teams in the world right now but to extrapolate this to the Spanish league being better than the English league where on avarage most of the world's best players play is naive and narrow minded. If you undertand soccer you would have to agree that every game in the EPL is exciting and possible of great and unpredicatble footbal, whereas Spanish football really drops after the two teams mentioned above.

    January 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Chas

    He's not just a "goalkeeper"-HE'S THE USA'S NO. 1, the Leader of the US National Team, veteran of 2 World Cup tournaments, one of the handful of Americans who have been succesful internationally in the "world's game."

    January 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Wil Klusovsky

    ha.. it's still just soccer. That's the sport for the kids who couldn't make the football team. losers!

    January 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Lu

    Don't mention Gio Dos Santos to Howard he still has nighmares, check it out. http://futbol.univision.com/copa-oro/videos/mexico-vs-estados-unidos/video/2011-06-25/golazo-de-giovani-

    January 22, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Lu

    why is Football(american football) call football if they only kick the ball like 2 times during whole game, which by the way is like 3 hours long..LOL

    January 22, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
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