Howard was elected in his first year of eligibility with 95.6% of ballots voting for his election into the prestigious group. He was surprised with the news live on air during his coverage of the English Premier League on Saturday.
“I’m incredibly honored,” he said. “When you play football, you play for the love and play for the glory, and hopefully along the way, you do some things. It’s really incredible.”
Howard collected 121 USMNT appearances, including three FIFA World Cups, and 13 seasons in the English Premier League, then made 100 appearances with the Colorado Rapids before he was named Sporting Director for Memphis 901 FC in 2020. Howard also made six starts in goal for 901 FC during the shortened 2020 season.
Full 2024 voting results and complete information about election and eligibility procedures are available at NationalSoccerHOF.com. The election process is administered by National Soccer Hall of Fame staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
About the National Soccer Hall of Fame
The National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium opened to the public in Frisco, Texas, on Nov. 2, 2018, after calling Oneonta, N.Y., its home from 1983 through 2010. The Hall of Fame marries artifacts — including all four FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophies won by the U.S. National Team — with technology such as facial recognition powered by NEC and virtual reality to deliver the most personalized experience in sports.
Established in 1950, the NSHOF is dedicated to growing the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come. The National Soccer Hall of Fame is powered by NEC and additionally sponsored by Major League Soccer, Heineken, Pepsi, Gallagher and WinStar World Resort and Casino.
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