Howard called up to US team for September games

Aug 20, 2015 3:44 PM by Ross Field

CHICAGO (AP) - Goalkeeper Tim Howard is back with the U.S. national team.

The U.S. Soccer Federation announced Thursday that coach Jurgen Klinsmann had called up Howard and veteran defender DaMarcus Beasley for exhibitions next month against Peru and Brazil.

Klinsmann says that for now Howard is the No. 2 goalie behind Brad Guzan, who started while Howard took a year off from the national team for family reasons after his stellar performance at the 2014 World Cup. Howard said last month he was ready to come back.

Beasley is a four-time World Cup veteran who retired from international play last December. But the defender returned to the squad for the Gold Cup this summer, and after the tournament he and Klinsmann acknowledged he might continue to play for the U.S.

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