Tim Howard is coming home.
Today it was announced that Colorado Rapids had acquired the 37 year old goalkeeper using their top spot in the allocation order. Howard will be the first Goalkeeper on a Designated Player contract since Frank Rost signed with RBNY in 2011.
Howard began his career in Major League Soccer with the NY/NJ Metrostars, making 88 appearances before a surprising and high profile move to Premier League giants Manchester United. Howard started his career with the Red Devils well, and earned a starting spot in his first season with the club. His form dropped however and he began losing starts to Roy Carroll. Manchester United's acquisition of Edwin Van Der Sar ended any hopes of Tim Howard being the club's number one, and he was loaned and eventually sold to Everton where he became a club legend making 412 first team appearances for the Toffees and even scoring one goal.
Tim Howard was a regular fixture for the United States National team between 2002 and 2014 making 106 senior appearances. He is most famous for holding the record for most saves in a World Cup match when he managed to stop 15 shots in the United States' eventual 2-1 defeat to Belgium in the 2014 World Cup.
Howard joins a new look Colorado team featuring new signings Shkëlzen Gashi, Marco Pappa, and Jermaine Jones as they look to challenge for a postseason berth.
Howard will be finishing his final season with Everton and the legendary American keeper will fittingly be joining his new club when the international transfer window opens on July 4th.
Chicago now hold the top spot in the allocation order.