Tim Howard is on top of the world right now. Despite Team USA's heartbreaking loss to Belgium on Tuesday, Howard's rock-solid performance will be remembered by fans — in photos, GIFs and petitions — for ages. The excitement over Howard's World Cup record-setting 16 saves is well-deserved. But as optimism brims over what the U.S. might accomplish at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, one question looms in the back of every new soccer fan's mind: Will Tim Howard play in the 2018 World Cup? The simple answer: it's very unlikely, though not impossible. Howard, who is 35, will be 39 years old by the next World Cup. But history says we've likely seen Howard's final appearance on global soccer's biggest stage. He is committed to another five years with his club, Everton, but has hinted at his retirement after his time with Everton comes to an end. It's worth noting that it is far from uncommon for soccer players to retire from national team duty before they end their professional careers.