Tim Howard, the U.S. National Team goalkeeper, will not play for Everton when England's Premier League team visits PPL Park to play the Union on Wednesday. Howard is not with the team.
According to team manager David Moyes, Howard is getting a rest after competing for the U.S. in the Gold Cup.
The U.S. advanced to the final of the Gold Cup, losing 4-2 to Mexico on June 25 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
Everton visits D.C. United on Saturday at RFK Stadium and Howard will not join the team until after the game.
"He will fly back with us Sunday but won't join the team until then," Moyes said.
Union CEO and operating partner Nick Sakiewicz said he didn't learn about Howard's status until a few days ago.
"We were under the impression he was coming and playing," Sakiewicz said. "We're obviously disappointed he is not coming but it will be a good game anyway."
Sakiewicz says he can understand a player needing rest but his complaint was that the Union wasn't told about this much sooner.
"We understand the need to rest players and have no issue with that," Sakiewicz said. "It just would have been nice to know."
When asked how long he knew that Howard wouldn't be playing, Moyes said, "We knew that would always be the case."
Moyes then was told that the Union was upset at not being told this long ago.
"Would you not know that if he played for the National team all summer that there would be a rest and he wouldn't be here?" Moyes asked.
The Union would answer that they didn't know.
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