Las Vegas news: Ex Man Utd keeper Tim Howard opens soccer pitches in Sandstone Ridge Park

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard has unveiled two soccer mini-pitches in Las Vegas, hoping to share his love for the beautiful game.

The pitches, constructed in North Las Vegas, are open and ready for use, located in Sandstone Ridge Park.

“These mini-pitches continue our foundation’s mission of providing children and communities with opportunities to engage in healthy activities that foster confidence, teamwork and growth,” said Howard.

“We are excited to see the impact these mini-pitches and programs will have on the North Las Vegas community.”

Howard enjoyed a wealth of success throughout his playing career, spending the majority of his playing days between the sticks for Everton, amassing over 300 appearances for the Premier League side.

The Everton fans’ favorite holds the record for most goalkeeper appearances for the U.S. Men’s soccer team, playing for his national side 121 times. 

Howard was an instrumental part of the team’s success in both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, starting every game and setting the record for most saves in a World Cup match with an eye-watering 16 stops against Belgium in 2014.

The Tim Howard Foundation worked alongside the U.S. Soccer Foundation to complete the project, marking the 700th mini-pitch installed by the U.S. Soccer Foundation since starting their mission in 2015.

The project aims to ensure that children in under-resourced communities have the same sporting access and opportunities as their peers.

Speaking about the project, U.S. Soccer Foundation President and CEO Ed Foster-Simeon underlined the foundation’s mission statement.

“While soccer is having its moment in the spotlight in the lead-up to the 2026 Men’s World Cup, we want millions of kids to have their moment too,” said Foster-Simeon.

“We are ensuring that children not only have safe places to play, but that we connect them with trained coach-mentors and programs that will improve their health and well-being beyond the pitch. 

“We are passionate about the work that we are doing here in North Las Vegas and across the nation as we ensure that the World Cup leaves a legacy and improves the lives of youth for generations to come.”

The foundation hopes to erect 1,000 pitches by the start of the 2026 World Cup, which is due to take place across Northern America.

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Sam Condy
Sam Condy
Sam is studying journalism and media comms at Strathclyde University and also works in Glasgow. He supports St Mirren but also has a soft spot for Man Utd and West Ham. He likes boxing, tennis and golf and grew up in Paisley.

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