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U.S. Goalie Tim Howard Drug Tested After Record-Breaking Performance

Howard was one of the two randomly selected players FIFA picked after he blocked a record 16 shots on goal.


Howard before blocking 16 shots. Shutterstock

By McCarton Ackerman


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Is the World Cup’s random drug testing truly random? Just minutes after U.S. goalie Tim Howard made an amazing 16 saves during Tuesday’s loss against Belgium, setting a World Cup record in the process, he was randomly selected for a urine test.

FIFA, the governing body of soccer, selects two players from both teams to be randomly tested after each World Cup match. Howard later joked to ESPN that “maybe” the test became intentionally targeted after his 10th or 11th save.

The results have yet to be released, but no player has tested positive so far in the tournament. It is also safe to say that Howard has little to worry about, since he has long held a publicly anti-drug stance and is the spokesperson for a non-profit drug prevention program called Natural High.

However, some other soccer stars have recently found themselves in trouble with legal substances. Two weeks ago, two-time gold medalist Hope Solo was reportedly “intoxicated” as police arrested her for domestic violence. Police determined she was “the primary aggressor and had instigated the assault.” Her sister and nephew reportedly suffered visible injuries, but her attorney claims that Solo was the one who was hurt during the dispute.

The soccer star also tested positive for a banned diuretic in 2012, but managed to avoid charges.

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