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- Updated: March 21, 2016
Liverpool, England – United States International Tim Howard has completed a deal with Colorado Rapids to return to the Major League Soccer after 13 years in England.
Howard will leave Everton at the end of the Premier League season. Howard was under contract with Everton until 2018, but the Toffees allowed the 37-year-old to move to Colorado for a transfer fee of about $600,000.
Howard begun his career in 1998 with the New York/ Ne Jersey MetroStars, now the New York Red Bulls. He last played in MLS in 2003 before making the jump to Premier League club Manchester United. He was the starter at Old Trafford until the club bought Edwin van der Sar in 2005, and the club loaned him to Everton the following year.
He completed a permanent deal to Everton in 2007 and started there for nearly a decade until this February, when a brief knee injury allowed Joel Robles to replace him.
Howard told ESPN, “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.”
“Sometimes those are every four years and sometimes they creep up on you, and this one crept up on me because I had two years remaining here at Everton that I planned on seeing out.
“When I spoke to my family, when I spoke to Roberto Martinez and the chairman [Bill Kenwright] as well, I thought the decision, and the timing more than anything — because in life it’s all about timing — and obviously with my discussions with Colorado, it just seemed to be the right move. It was an instinctual gut feeling, and I’m excited about it.”