Tim Howard signs with Colorado

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by RYAN BRISTER

After weeks of speculation, the Colorado Rapids announced Sunday that U.S. National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard will be joining the team as a designated player this summer.

Howard remains under contract with Everton until the summer transfer window, but a recent dip in form has made his sale more manageable for the club.

“Tim is exceptional, both as a player and a person,” said Paul Bravo, Technical Director and VP of Soccer Operations. “He proved it at the last World Cup for the U.S National Team and he has been proving it for the last decade in the English Premier League. He has experience at the very pinnacle of the sport but we feel he has much still to offer on the pitch. We believe this is a pivotal signing for the Colorado Rapids.”

Howard, 37, has been one of the most recognizable faces in U.S. soccer for several years now. While playing his club soccer in England, Howard’s performances at the last two World Cups earned him a measure of stardom on this side of the Atlantic. He has earned 106 caps for the national team over his career.

Howard has played for Everton since 2006.

The Rapids are hoping that he will help draw more fans to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Colorado acquired the top spot in MLS’s allocation order via a January trade with Chicago. Rumors and reports about Howard have circled the club ever since.

For Howard, his departure from Everton will mark the end of 13 years spent in the English top flight. A New Jersey native, Howard began his pro career in MLS with the Metrostars, before joining Manchester United in 2003. United paid a $4 million transfer fee for the then-young keeper


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  • Pele

    Some way some how MLS needs to make a dp goalkeeper spot, and steal talent from all over the world.
    USA used to produce top talent goalkeepers but not anymore, it’s more like defenders.
    Besides the 3ps and tam money, a dp goalkeeper would be good for MLS. Most goalkeepers stay with the team forever due to a high pay check and their position is live or die for which makes them very valuable.
    I would like MLS to add, a goalkeeper dp spot, another 4th dp spot and a special franchise dp, besides the 3 dp spots.
    Let’s not forget Mexico and China are trying to sign top names just like MLS, and they got way more money than MLS.


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