An interview with Tim Howard

Updated: April 25, 2012, 1:58 PM ET
By Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre

As the U.S. approaches the midway point of another World Cup cycle, and prepares for the first matches that count in the Jurgen Klinsmann era, one of the worrisome developments, or rather lack thereof, has been in the changing of the guard in the U.S. defense.

Almost as soon as World Cup 2010 ended, fans and pundits, us included, began speculating on turnover on the back line. We based it on the ages of defenders Carlos Bocanegra and Steve Cherundolo, and the health of Oguchi Onyewu.

We even went so far as to ask Bocanegra, back in August of 2010, if he was contemplating international retirement. The captain said he'd play as long as the U.S. could live with him.

Turns out they can't live without him. Fast-forward nearly two years, and the Yanks' best options right now are still Bocanegra, Cherundolo and Onyewu, with veteran backup Clarence Goodson thrown in for good measure.

Tim Howard has no problem with that. We caught up with the Yanks keeper by phone this week, and in this election year, he's fine with the back-line incumbents.