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Added March 28th, 2016 by Ian

Everton’s Tim Howard returning to North America’s MLS
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American international goalkeeper Tim Howard has announced that he’ll be leaving Everton of the English Premier League to return home and join the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer (MLS). The 37-year-old native of North Brunswick, New Jersey has spent the past 13 years in the Premier League, but has lost his number-one spot at Everton this year to Joel Robles. Howard played with Manchester United from 2003 to 2007 and then joined Liverpool-based Everton. Reports state that Everton will be paid approximately $600,000 for the transfer fee.

Howard set a World Cup record in Brazil in 2014 when he made 15 saves in a knockout game against Belgium. The majority of saves were of the spectacular variety, but Belgium managed to win the match 2-1 in extra time. Howard’s move will become official on July 8th when the MLS transfer window opens again. The English Premier League will wrap up its current season in May.

Negotiations for Howard had been going on for about a month and a deal was eventually made. MLS didn’t make announce any financial details, but confirmed that Howard has been signed to a three-year contract with Colorado. However, ESPN has reported that the goalkeeper will likely be paid between $2.5 and $2.8 million a year. Howard told the media that he is looking forward to playing in the U.S. again and can’t wait for July to roll around.

He added, “I’ve had a fantastic career in England, in particular at Everton Football Club. It’s not done yet, but I think as football clubs move forward and players have careers to think about, you always have to make decisions. This one crept up on me because I had two years remaining at Everton which I planned on seeing out. It just seemed to be the right move. It was an instinctual gut feeling, and I’m excited about it.”

Howard’s pro career began in his homeland with the North Jersey Imperials in 1997 and he then joined the MetroStars of MLS a year later. He moved to England in 2003 and won an FA Community Shield, FA Cup and League Cup with Manchester United, but was sent to Everton on loan in 2006 before signing with them in February of 2007. Howard scored his first pro goal in January of 2012 against the Bolton Wanderers and he’s just one of four Premier League netminders to score.

Howard has a team goaltending record of 107 caps for the American national squad since debuting in 2002 and has been on his nation’s last three World Cup teams. At the age of 22, he was the youngest goalie to win the goalkeeper of the year award when he was with the MetroStars. Howard took several months off from international football last year, but has now returned to the American side.

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