This week the top goalkeepers took a break from their respective club teams represent their countries and leave it on the line on the road to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
Let’s take a look at the top moments.
Tim Howard, USA, Nike Premier SGT Goalkeeper Glove
Last night, Tim Howard and the USMNT faced Panama in a crucial World Cup Qualifier in the CONCACAF Hexagonal.
The Stars and Stripes came out of the match with a crucial point after a 1-1 draw in Panama City. Howard played a big role in getting the result, saving a point-blank shot in the second half.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) March 29, 2017
The ball was headed down inside the box where it landed at the feet of Panama’s Luis Tejada. Tejada volleyed the ball first time and directed it on frame. Howard, who had cut down the angle, was able to make himself big and block the close-range blast. This save kept the game tied and rallied the US to finish the game with a much needed point that vaulted them into fourth place in the standings.
Howard’s Nike Premier SGT features a laser-etched grip on the palm to give you top-notch traction when handling shots. It is also shaped to keeps your hands in a shot-ready position so you’re ready to fly, Tim Howard-style, at any point in the game.
Gianluigi Donnarumma, Italy, PUMA evoPOWER Goalkeeper Glove
This weekend Donnarumma tallied his first career start for Italy in their International Friendly against the Netherlands. At just 18-years-old, Donnarumma has become the youngest goalkeeper to start for his country, taking the place of countryman Gianluigi Buffon, who made his 1,000th professional appearance between the post earlier this week.
The AC Milan starlet faced five shots and kept the Dutch at bay in the 2-1 Azzurri victory.
❗️ | The match has started! This is #Donnarumma's first start for his country and he's its youngest goalkeeper!
— Italy (@azzurri) March 28, 2017
His best moment of the match came in the final minutes of the game when attacking center midfielder Wesley Sneijder took a long-range shot for the Netherlands. The ball was driven to the low corner of the net, but Donnarumma was able to cover the goal and push the effort just wide of the net.
Donnarumma new evoPOWER gloves provide protection and security. The padding on the palm protects your hands even when facing the toughest shots.
Manuel Neuer, Germany and Bayern Munich, adidas Ace Trans Pro Neuer
Goalkeeper legend Manuel Neuer spent his Sunday beating Azerbaijan in their World Cup Qualifier and his Monday turning 31 years old. Happy Birthday, Manuel!
As captain of Bayern Munich and the German National Team, Neuer has made quite the name for himself and has compiled a long list of awards and trophies over the years. You can check out some of his best moments below.
Hopefully many more in the years ahead! pic.twitter.com/P2xSpFqasI
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) March 27, 2017
A few months ago, Neuer launched his eye-catching, new goalkeeper glove in collaboration with adidas soccer. This glove offers a snug fit that supports your hands without sacrificing flexibility.
You can shop the adidas Ace Trans Pro Neuer here on SOCCER.COM.
What did you notice inside the 18 this week? What would you like to see us focus on in the weeks ahead? Let us know in the comments section.