Tim Howard has been named a celebrity brand ambassador for BetMGM ahead of the FIFA World Cup.
The former Manchester United, Everton and USMNT goalkeeper will launch of a series of free-to-play games and promotions
Howard joins the sportsbook and online casino operator as the pair reveal a series of activations going into the Qatar-based tournament. One such promotion will include the $250,000 bracket, in which players will be able to compete for a $250,000 grand prize by predicting a perfect World Cup bracket.
“America’s excitement for soccer is at a fever pitch and I can’t wait to take it to the next level with BetMGM, offering new ways for fans to get engaged in the game,” said Howard. “BetMGM is at the forefront of the sports betting industry and I’m proud to be part of the team ahead of the greatest tournament in all of sports.”
Moreover, another free-to-play game titled Tim Howard’s Shootout Challenge will offer the opportunity to face Howard in a penalty shootout.
Meanwhile, BetMGM will offer new customers a risk-free bet up to $1000 plus new users who bet $10 will be rewarded $200 in free bets if a goal is scored.
Howard is the most-capped goalkeeper of all time for the USMNT, with 121 caps between 2002 and 2017. The highlight of his international career came during the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, when he set a new WC record of 15 saves in a Round of 16 tie against much-fancied Belgium, as the US lost out 2-1 in extra-time.
Matt Prevost, Chief Revenue Officer of BetMGM, added: “Tim Howard’s performances on the pitch thrilled a generation of US soccer fans. With Tim’s support, we will bring a similar level of excitement to our customers through various games and interactive opportunities.”
Beginning his club career with North Jersey Imperials and MetroStars, Howard hopped over the Atlantic, joining Manchester United in 2003, where he was mainly used as a backup to Edwin Van der Sar.
He was best known for his time at Everton, where he spent 10 years as first-choice goalkeeper, racking up 329 Premier League appearances, scoring one goal, and appearing in the FA Cup final of 2009 before returning to the US with Chicago Fire.
In his BetMGM ambassadorial role, Howard will engage with BetMGM and MGM Rewards members in public and private events, both in-person and virtually. Furthermore, he will feature across BetMGM social channels whilst making appearances on radio and TV.