U.S. men’s national team goalkeeper Tim Howard will return to MLS and join the Colorado Rapids from Everton in the Premier League, ESPN FC reports.
The Rapids hold the top spot in MLS’s allocation order, giving the team the first shot at players off a set list of American internationals and ex-MLS players potentially interested in returning to play stateside. The club has reportedly been interested in Howard since January.
Howard, 36, is expected to finish the season with Everton, where he’s played since 2007, and join Colorado during the summer transfer window. He will reportedly make around $2 million annually through 2019, making him the highest-paid keeper in the league.
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Known for his play as the United States’s longtime starter in goal, Howard has made 106 appearances for the national team and starred memorably in the 2014 World Cup. He has been in the Premier League since 2003, when he joined Manchester United. He has played in 352 career matches for Everton, but moved to a backup role this season.