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Howard sets American goalkeeper record

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Tim Howard never counts his caps.

Howard broke Kasey Keller's record for appearances by an American goalkeeper when he played his 103rd international match last Thursday, a 1-0 loss to Germany.

On Tuesday night, he will make it 104 when the Americans face Belgium in the World Cup's second round at Salvador.

The 35-year-old Howard spoke with Keller, now an ESPN analyst, in the leadup to the World Cup when the U.S. team played an exhibition game against Turkey in the New York area June 1.

"Milestones like that are important," said Howard, a top goalkeeper in England's Premier League with Everton. "And obviously Kasey's dear to me in terms of being a friend and a goalkeeping mentor. I never thought I'd get that close, let alone break it. It's a proud day."

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