U.S. soccer legend Tim Howard has a new job.
The longtime men’s national team goalkeeper was named as the sporting director for Memphis 901 FC, the USL Championship side announced Wednesday.
Howard was previously a minority owner in the club, which began play last year. Howard recently retired from playing pro soccer after starting in 25 matches last season in MLS with the Colorado Rapids.
“As a minority owner it’s nice to sit up there in a suite,” Howard said. “(But) by the nature of who I am, my competitive spirit, the goalkeeper in me, this role (of sporting director) has given me an excitement that mimics playing.”
In Howard’s role with Memphis, he will help and direct the club in selecting and finding players, developing the club’s philosophy and hiring technical staff members. The city and people of Memphis are familiar with Howard, as he’s lived in the city in off-seasons since 2003.
“Tim has been integral to our pursuit of excellence,” Memphis principal owner Peter Freund said in a statement. “There is no one who cares more deeply about this organization, this soccer community and its future more than Tim does.”
A 6-foot-3 former goalkeeper, Howard, 40, was capped 121 times by the U.S. national team. He was on three World Cup rosters and set the prestigious tournament’s record for most saves in a match, when he stopped 15 shots against Belgium in 2014.
Howard played 13 seasons in the English Premier League with Manchester United and Everton. In MLS, he played with the MetroStars – now known as the New York Red Bulls – and the Rapids. He was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2001.
“The wealth of knowledge and experience Tim brings to this role cannot be replicated,” Memphis president Craig Unger said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Tim to building upon our success of our inaugural season.”
Memphis also hired James Roeling as assistant sporting director, the club announced Wednesday. He was previously the senior manager of team operations for the Rapids.
The club finished their inaugural USL Championship campaign in 2019 with a 9-7-18 mark, five spots away from making the playoffs. However, Memphis did average the league’s ninth highest attendance, bringing in more than 6,500 fans per-game.
“I have a vision of what I want the club to be,” Howard said. “My goal is to learn, get better and keep pushing. I want to bring this team a championship.”