The Colorado Rapids are looking to nab Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, and they just may get their wish.
Howard, the star of the U.S. national team during the 2014 World Cup who helped the team advance to the knockout stages despite starting in the “Group of Death, ” has made a reputation for himself internationally with his role as the goalkeeper for an upper-half Premier League club in Everton, and he may be coming back to the states as Clint Dempsey did, according to an ESPN report.
Howard has expressed interest as well in returning to the States to play for Colorado in the MLS.
Howard is in the midst of a four-year contract with Everton that he signed in 2014. Ordinarily, this means a transfer fee, but the MLS may not need to pay it because he has been with the club for 10 years.
Howard would earn $2 to $3 million per year in the MLS, which would make him the highest-paid goalkeeper in the league.
The Team USA goalkeeper made himself a household name to even non-soccer fans with his performance in the World Cup, culminating in an incredible game against Belgium in the round of 16 in which he saved 15 shots. USA lost the game 2-1.
Howard has made more than 400 appearances for Everton in his career. He has struggled a bit in recent appearances, causing fans to increasingly call for Joel Robles to take his spot although the manager still appears to back him.
Howard has played in the MLS before. He joined the MetroStars — who later became the New York Red Bulls — early in the league’s history from 1998 to 2003.