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Biggest fan backs Howard on big stage

Mom traveled from New Jersey to South Africa to watch U.S. keeper play in World Cup

Updated: June 18, 2010, 9:07 AM ET
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com

Esther Howard, the American soccer mom of the moment, is having the "trip of a lifetime" in South Africa, watching her son succeed on the sport's biggest stage.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard is suddenly the most celebrated and most discussed soccer player in the United States after his dominant performance in a 1-1 tie against heavily favored England on Saturday. And all eyes will be on Howard on Friday morning when the North Brunswick, N.J., native takes the pitch against Slovenia despite ...

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