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Tim Howard

LARGER THAN LIFE

... Even During Youth Soccer

7/6/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Back before he became an American hero, the Team USA goalie was a big deal -- literally -- towering over his soccer teammates when he was a kid ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. 

Check out the gallery of Tim Howard's athletic journey over the years ... from dominating in youth soccer leagues to leading his high school basketball team to glory in New Jersey. 

Oh, and here's a shocker -- he was picked as "Most Athletic" at his high school. 

Yeah, they probably got that one right.

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1.

Dale    

He's not a hero, he plays soccer.

73 days ago
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Truth    

LAME! DINT USA LOSE??? YEA, BECUZ THE TOURETTES DUDE ALLOWED 2 GOALS. ALL OF A SUDDEN TMZ FORGETS THERE'S A DOZEN TEAMS BETTER THAN THE US. #TRUTH!!

73 days ago
3.

Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

Tmz's latest man crush. Yawn.

73 days ago
4.

YesIam    

Why are we celebrating him??? We did lose 2-0 ya know!!!! And not on penalty kicks. He had some amazing saves, yes, but ultimately, we lost, because he let 2 shots in the extra 30 minutes get by him!!!

73 days ago
5.

bldscott    

You guess are idiots!!! Remember it took a whole to go through before they got to him. He can only save so many before one will go in. His team sucks not him!

73 days ago
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Truth    

The guy CHOKED TWICE IN OT. You sure have an odd choice of people to admire. They lost becasue of him.

73 days ago

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