DAVID SMITH - Sunday, March 20, 2016
Tim Howard's long tenure as an American Abroad is nearing its end, as the long-time Everton keeper is officially slated to join MLS club Colorado Rapids in the summer.
The US National Team starter will return to MLS during the summer transfer window after a long career in England, which saw him earn well over 300 starts for Premier League regulars Everton.
Howard originally made his first steps as a professional with the MetroStars as a 19 year-old in 1998, eventually becoming the team's starter and arguable main star, before making a shock transfer to English powerhouse Manchester United in summer 2003.
The New Jersey native had a mixed time with the Red Devils, serving in nets for the team's 2003 Community Shield win as well as their FA Cup final win the following year, although struggling to maintain consistency.
He joined Merseyside club Everton in 2006, initially on a one-year loan and permanently in early-2007. He went on to enjoy a stellar stay with the team, regularly leading them to placement in European competition as well as top-eight finishes for eight years running.
This led the keeper to assume the role as US National Team starter following the 2006 World Cup, a post which he still presumably maintains for the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against Guatemala.
He had recently lost his starting role at Everton to Spanish youngster Joel Robles, likely cementing the decision to return stateside for the final years of his professional career.
Howard will officially join Colorado when the summer transfer window for MLS opens on July 4, where he will link up with fellow national team veteran Jermaine Jones for the final half of the team's season.
Colorado has been the picture of mediocracy in recent years, finishing no better than fifth in the leagues Western Division in the previous seven seasons. The lone bright spot is their 2010 crown as MLS Cup champions, however the last two seasons have been abysmal, with a last-place finish in the division.