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Tim Howard comes out of retirement to sign with Memphis 901

He will become the 2nd player-owner in world history

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Beale Street has a new net protector, and it’s a United States Men’s National Team legend. Today, USL club Memphis 901 FC announced that minority owner and sporting director Tim Howard will come out of retirement to sign with the club for the 2020 USL season.

The 22-year veteran retired in 2019 after a career that saw him break out with the New York/New Jersey Metrostars and took him to Manchester United, Everton, and the Colorado Rapids. In 2018, he began to dial up the next phase in his career when he assumed minority ownership in Memphis 901 along with English club Dagenham & Redbridge. Last December, Memphis 901 named Howard their sporting director and general manager after he completed his final season with the Rapids. He had also been serving as a studio analyst for TNT/Bleacher Report for their UEFA Champions League coverage.

Just a few months after last seeing the field, Howard has the itch to once again step back onto the field, and he will do so to help the club he oversees. When he steps onto the field for Memphis, he will become just the 2nd known person in world soccer history to be a player-owner, after Didier Drogba played for Phoenix Rising from 2017-2018 while having part ownership in the club.

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