MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — Things are a little different for Tim Howard these days. One thing, however, that remains unshakable, and will likely do so until the end of his career, is Howard’s refusal to accept less than maximum commitment, from both himself and his colleagues. Which is why, in an interview on a sunny Tuesday, overlooking a picturesque golf course, Howard spoke about the recent troubles of the United States national team with as much fire and conviction as if he’d just stepped from the field. For the veteran goalkeeper, even more troubling than a pair of November defeats to begin the final stage of World Cup qualifying, was the growing sense that under former head coach Jurgen Klinsmann a group of players had allowed their pride in representing their country to slip.
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Gomez played his final season with the MLS champion Sounders. It was a uniquely American soccer career, spanning the arc of the sport’s development stateside in the last two decades, careening from plodding and often-folding minor league teams to championships in Major League Soccer and Mexico’s Liga MX. Herculez Gomez, an occasional United States men’s national team striker, lately of the Seattle Sounders, who thrived in the Mexican Liga MX and became the first American to lead a major foreign league in scoring there, announced his retirement on Tuesday.