Today, the Colorado Rapids announced the acquisition of legendary U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard from Everton as a Designated Player. Howard is among the world’s top goalkeepers and returns to MLS after 13 years in England. Howard reportedly will make around $2.6 million per year and as a midseason DP signing, only $228,750 of his salary will count toward the Rapids’ cap this season.
The Rapids snagged Howard, 37, through the Allocation Process upon acquiring the No. 1 spot in the ranking order from the Chicago Fire in January. The World Cup veteran will be added to the Rapids’ roster on July 4, at the opening of the Secondary Transfer Window pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.
Howard has represented USMNT since 2002 and recorded 106 caps. He played every game of 2014 World Cup and set a record for most saves in a tournament game with 16 stops against Belgium in the Knockout Round. He also led the U.S. in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. With U.S. National Team, Howard won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and was runner-up at the 2009 Confederations Cup, where he won the Golden Glove. He was voted the CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Howard has played in the English Premier League since 2003, when he joined Manchester United after six years with the MLS MetroStars. He played 77 games at Old Trafford and won the FA Cup, Football League Cup and FA Community Shield and represented Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in the UEFA Champions League.
Howard was loaned to Everton in 2006 and the next year signed permanently to eventually stand between the posts for 415 games. In 2009, he set a club record for most clean sheets in a season and saved two penalties in a shoot-out against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final to win a berth in the final.
The Rapids, one of the 10 original MLS franchises, are owned by Arsenal’s leading shareholder Stan Kroenke. Colorado won MLS Cup in 2010 but finished last in the Western Conference last season and the team is obviously rebuilding. The Rapids also added powerful USMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones to the roster on March 5, in a trade with the New England Revolution.
“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.”
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