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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Thanks. I needed that today.

    January 5, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chitown Wendy


    January 5, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Pedro Ramiro Pancho Gonzalez Hernandez Aranbul Ledezma Rivera


    January 5, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. david

    Its the ENGLISH Premier League, not British!

    January 5, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • liam

      it says england

      January 5, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • elgiblet

      Here comes the U.S. angle :

      England / Britain / UK : all the same, small relevance, don't care
      Soccer : seriously don't care

      The only reason I looked at the article was because I thought some kid had her moment in the sun (from the pretty pink outfit in the picture).

      January 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gnarly Barkley

      Nowhere does it mention Britain. It says Barkley's Premier League which is the official name of England's top tier professional footbal (soccer) league. It's quite a feat but also quite an anomoly and the weather (wind) is the variable that enabled it. Those keepers regularly kick the ball deep into the opponents end. Stoked Landon Donovan is on loan for a bit and I know Howard is pleased to have him there as well. Go Blues!!

      January 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar??

    Is that you??

    January 5, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. ruffnutt

    thanks I'll stick to real football

    January 5, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Pogromca Debili

      You mean the kind of football that is played with the hands and not the feet? Yah, that's a real football. Get a life, hamburger.

      January 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeremy

      Real football is soccer.

      January 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • tuffguy2

      Please do.

      Also, perhaps you could make better use of your time than reading and commenting on articles about topics you aren't even interested in. No?

      January 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Somebody

      Progomca Debili, the reason the sport is called football is because of the ball that's used in the game, which is a foot long. So it makes plenty of sense when you think about it.

      January 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Its called football because the ball is 12 inches long? Thats the dumbest thing I've heard all day.

      January 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gary

    Looks like a very bouncy ball

    January 5, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Guest

    Surprised by how classy Howard was by not celebrating. Nice.

    January 5, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. Professor Trollworth


    January 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Charley

    Why do people that do not enjoy soccer even take the time to read these articles much less post things like "Ill stick to American Football". It was a cool event that happens very rarely. If you are so against soccer why read it? Or maybe their life is so miserable they have to spew negativity everywhere.

    January 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin in Atlanta

      People have nothing better to do than put others down. Whether you like soccer or not, you have to admire the athletisim of the people that play it. Same goes for American Football.

      Stop all the hate and just enjoy the game.

      January 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gary

    Very much

    January 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pogromca Debili

    Stick to it then, no need to announce it to the whole world.

    January 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jeremy

    Fat dudes in pads running into eachother. Yay!!!!

    January 5, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JT

    I agree, classy of Howard not to celebrate (also it was a fluke afterall). Sucks he let two in afterwards... but he can say he scored more goals than Donovan!

    January 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin in Atlanta

    Howard is all class for not celebrating that goal. Being a goalie himself, he knows how badly the other keeper had to feel. It's a helpless situation like that, the keeper could literally do nothing but watch it go in.

    All class Howard, all class...

    January 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
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