USMNT Notebook: Howard’s Farewell, Hyndman, Yedlin updates, more

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by ANTHONY J. MERCED

The European football calendar is coming to a close but there is still big news for USMNT players across the continent.

Tim Howard’s emotional farewell is at the top of the news list as the 37-year-old recorded a clean sheet in his final game with Everton, a 3-0 victory over relegated side Norwich City. Following suit, there is also big news for player movement as Deandre Yedlin looks to stay at Sunderland after a season-long loan spell from Tottenham and Emerson Hyndman looks for an exit from Fulham after a brief scare with relegation.

TIM HOWARD HAS A HERO’S SEND OFF AT GOODISON PARK

Tim Howard has spent the last ten years as the starting goalkeeper in Liverpool’s blue side, Everton, and Sunday’s game against Norwich City was a fairytale send-off.

The US Men’s National Team player received a standing ovation before the game and then a guard of honor as he took the pitch for the last time at Goodison Park. The 37 year-old was barely tested by relegated side Norwich City as goals from James McCarthy, Leighton Baines & Kevin Mirallas put Everton over the visiting side.

“I expected nothing less,” said Howard when asked about the crowd’s reaction to his final game. “You guys have given me the privilege and honour to play for this amazing club. Since 2006 it’s become my life. I’m leaving tomorrow but this will always be my home.”

Howard will be returning to MLS this summer with the Colorado Rapids. Previously, Howard had started his career with the MetroStars where he made 88 appearances between 1998 and 2003. From there he continued on to a stay in Manchester United which started promising but ended with a loan to Everton where he ended up staying for the remainder of his European career.

DEANDRE YEDLIN TO MAKE SUNDERLAND HIS PERMANENT HOME

DeAndre Yedlin has had a tumultuous start to his European career but this season with Sunderland has seen the tides turn.

After making 23 appearances for The Black Cats, word has it that Sunderland will be looking to make Yedlin’s stay permanent.

The report comes from The Mirror who claim that a $2.9 million transfer bid will be submitted for the 23-year-old who left the Seattle Sounders in MLS for $3.2 million a year. The situation in Sunderland is a bit easier as well with far less competition than at Tottenham, where there is an apparent logjam at the fullback position.

Sunderland narrowly avoided relegation in 2016, finishing just two points above Newcastle United in 17th place.

EMERSON HYNDMAN LEAVES  FULHAM

US international Emerson Hyndman is planning on departing Fulham as his contract has reached its end. Fulham FC have had a rocky few years after being relegated to the SkyBet Championship in 2014 and nearly dropped to League 1 this season.

Hyndman has made 24 appearances in the central midfield since 2014 with one goal over that stretch. This season saw his largest stretch of games with 17 appearances across the campaign.

Fulham grabbed the 20-year-old from FC Dallas’ youth team in 2011 and placed him in their own academy until the time was right for him to make the move to the senior team. Hyndman has also been climbing the ranks of the international team as well starting with the US U17 team and finally breaking into the U23 team in 2014.

The rumor mill has teams such as Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United all interested in the centeral midfielder. Should he decide to stay within England, Fulham would receive compensation. However, the team would receive nothing if he left the country as he is moving to another team completely out of contract.