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. JR

    that is kind of cool but i will just stick to American football and the reason i read this is because it seemed kind of cool

    January 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • MR

      Cool, except nobody cares

      January 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Adam

    Rio 2014!

    January 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JR

    what the does this have to do with the artical????????????????????

    January 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chase

    Ron Paul and Huntsman's Tweet thing gets a video but this doesn't? What were you thinking CNN?

    January 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ichi

    It's not just ANY goalkeeper, It's Tim Howard!! SMH

    January 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ed

    Great goal by Tim Howard, great goal keeper.

    January 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rooney

    Not me at 11:20.

    January 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ComeBreakMe

    Awesome. It's not very often that you get to see a goalie score a goal. Mad respect for Howard for not celebrating the goal as well.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jubril

    He needs to come and play Part time for the redskins

    January 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex Chambers

      Err....What are Redskins?

      January 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chancas

    Is the author for real: "which is widely considered the world's top league". The English league is far behind from the Spanish Liga, and I mean, really far behind. Just watch the final of the Champion's League last year – the most uneven match seen with my eyes – Barcelona demolished Man United. It was like watching man vs kids. Out of the top 50 players of the world 25 play in the Spanish Liga........ The author should do his homework before stating such a lie....

    January 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LetsGetReal

    Class act

    January 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joseph Hill

    The wind did help that go in but overall it was a cracking goal. It makes a change seeing something like that though. It sort of leaves David Beckham's half-way line goal for dust. Judging from the picture, it seems like Tim Howard is pushing his team-mate away from him, moody git.

    January 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. american

    what's soccer

    January 5, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Showmeyerpapers

    Since cnn is letting me post tonight i figure id run the gauntlet so here is my comment, ahh soccer almost as amazing as basketball

    January 5, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fernando

      Basketball is amazing?

      January 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mercyme

    It's a bird! It's a plane! No...it's a soccer ball!!!!

    January 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
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