Alfie, I reckon Huck will do well back in Division 1, especially as someone else has said to "prove Keegan wrong again." I think the plan is to play all three - DJ, Marlon & Huck and it looks like Andy Reid would be the one to unfortunately lose his place.
simsini, here is some information on Tim Howard. There was a lot of talk that he should have been included in our team that went to the World Cup but instead Bruce Arena (USA boss) said he wanted Tony Meola as a sort of paybacks for all the good work he had done over the years for US Soccer. I'm pretty sure
Finally, Tim Howard is getting his chance. After backing up Tony Meola for years with the MetroStars, he has taken full advantage of his starting spot with the NY/NJ club. Since then, the North Brunswick, N.J., native became the youngest player to win the Goalkeeper of the Year honor when he did so in 2001 and then became the only back-to-back winner of the award when he claimed the prize again in 2002.
On the international level, he has faced similar roadblocks, being forced to ride the pine when Brad Friedel was called in to the U.S. Under-23 MNT as a wild card player just prior to the 2000 Olympics AND getting stuck on the depth chart behind Friedel, Kasey Keller and Meola for a trip to Korea with the full team last summer. But now it’s his time. After being dubbed “the goalkeeper of the future” and having his potential bandied about for so many years, he has officially emerged as the best young goalkeeper in the nation. Howard will likely start this weekend when the U.S. Men’s National Team faces Canada to kick off the 2003 season.
one more tidbit
Bio Info: Earned first Cap and shutout on March 10, 2002 vs. Ecuador. Member of U-20s in 1998 and at the 1999 FIFA Youth World Championship in Nigeria. Member of U-17s in 1994 and at the 1995 FIFA U-17 Youth World Championship in Ecuador. 2001 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.
He, Nick Rimando and Joe Cannon are the better US keepers coming up through the ranks. Howard played in Wednesday's friendly victory over Jamacia. He let in one goal, but it was a rocket from 30 yards out that he just didn't have a chance to get at. He also played in the Argentina friendly at the weekend and also only let in one, but Argentina didn't press at all after they scored.
He's a great prospect. Had a loan or trial though with Feyenoord last year that didn't go too well if I remember right.