Tim Howard always stayed optimistic he'd be healthy for US

Veteran U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard always remained optimistic his right leg would be healthy enough to allow him to rejoin the Americans for World Cup

In this Friday, March 17, 2017, photo, U.S.

In this Friday, March 17, 2017, photo, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard, right, talks with San Jose Earthquakes coach Dominic Kinnear on a soccer practice field in San Jose, Calif. The team will play its first qualifier against Honduras in San Jose on Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Janie McCauley) (Credit: AP)

(AP) -- As his U.S. teammates trained under cloudy skies on a brisk Bay Area morning, Tim Howard sat stretching on the sideline.

He loosened up his shoulders. He balanced on his left leg and worked his hips.

This is the new normal for Howard, fresh off his 38th birthday and a November surgery on his right thigh to repair the adductor muscle.

"I'm old," chuckled Howard, the Americans'...

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