Tim Howard went from just a goalie to a certified god among the American people this summer, by essentially morphing into a brick wall during U.S. Soccer's run at the 2014 World Cup.

Howard was so good, in fact, that the #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave memes went viral even after a Team USA loss.

When he's not bailing out the USMNT, Howard is a top goalkeeper in the English Premier League for Everton. And this season, he'll add "analyst" to his resume as well, with NBC Sports announcing that Howard will appear in the booth and in the studio for up to ten games this season — he did seven such appearances last year. More details:

Tim Howard, goalkeeper for the U.S. Men’s National Team in the 2014 and 2010 FIFA World Cups and for Everton in the Barclays Premier League, will join NBC Sports Group’s Premier League on-air team in a multi-year agreement, it was announced today.

Howard will work up to 10 Premier League games this season, serving as game analyst in the booth or in an on-site studio for the pre-game, halftime and post-game shows. His assignments will be scheduled around Everton matches and will focus on top-tier games.

Howard served as a NBCSN analyst on six game telecasts and one on-site studio last season. In the seven matches immediately prior to Howard’s NBCSN appearances, Everton recorded six victories and one loss.

“Tim had an impressive debut on our telecasts last season and we are excited to have him join our Premier League team on a more extensive basis,” said Pierre Moossa, coordinating producer of NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage. “As an active Premier League player, he contributes unique perspective and insight to our broadcasts.”

We're excited to see more of Howard, in any capacity really, so this sounds like a great partnership. Hopefully adding Howard's name to the broadcast can bring in more American viewers to English soccer, too. #Influencing at its finest.

[via NBC Sports]