US Soccer hero Tim Howard is coming back to the MLS this summer with the Colorado Rapids after spending 13-years in England’s Premier League. Welcome back, Tim!
Tim Howard, 37, will be spending the final years of his illustrious soccer career playing for the Colorado Rapids. The USA World Cup hero has transferred from Premier League giants Everton for a transfer fee estimated at $600,000, according to reports.
Tim, who you may recall was the man of the moment at the 2014 World Cup when he made an incredible 16 saves against Belgium in a Round of 16 match-up, leaves England’s top flight after spending 13 years playing for two teams, including Manchester United and Everton.
He will be officially unveiled on July 8 when the MLS transfer window opens, which by that time the Premier League will be done and dusted. Negotiations for Tim had been ongoing in the last month as he wanted to return back to the US after a successful career in Europe.
While the MLS didn’t reveal the financial details of Tim’s contract, they did confirm that he has signed a three-year deal that’ll see him playing professionally until he’s 40 into 2019. However, sources have told ESPN that Tim is likely to earn $2.5-$2.8 million per year. Not bad for your final contract, huh?!
Tim told SportsCenter that he’s absolutely delighted with the move and can’t wait to get going for his new team. “I’ve had a fantastic career in England, in particular at Everton Football Club,” he said. “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,” he said. “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 [Everton manager] 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.”
It’s great coup for the MLS to have Tim back in the nets in the US. He’s been a sensational servant to football, and deserves his bumper pay day.
HollywoodLifers, are you happy Tim has returned to finish his career in the MLS?