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Howard's leadership from goal will be key for USTim Howard releases an ''Ahhh!'' that echoes through empty Stanford Stadium as he makes a diving stop during a basic keep away drill. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is counting on that constant chatter and so much more from Howard to lead an inexperienced U.S. defense into the World Cup opener against Ghana on June 16. Already among the best goalkeepers of his generation and near the top of England's Premier League, Howard is leaving his mark on U.S. soccer, too. ''We need a Tim Howard that gives them confidence,'' said Klinsmann, who announced his 23-man roster Thursday.