USA men’s football mainstay Tim Howard is returning to the United States, as Jeff Carlisle of ESPN FC reported that Everton is expected to complete a deal that would sent the goalkeeper to Colorado Rapids.
The Rapids have been linked to a possible move for Howard since January after gaining the top spot in the MLS allocation order, which gives them rights over other teams to make a bid for US international and former MLS players looking to return home.
According to Carlisle, Colorado apparently agreed to Everton’s asking price of pegged between $600,000 and $750,000 for Howard, who was initially thought available on a free transfer.
“Sources confirmed that Rapids general manager Tim Hinchey flew to England last week to finalize the deal with Howard and Everton. While a few small details remain — including final approval from Colorado’s ownership — Howard is expected to complete the Premier League season with Everton and then join the Rapids when the MLS summer transfer window opens in July. His contract will run until 2019,” according to ESPN FC.
Howard, who played for the New York MetroStars from 1998 to 2003, will be making his return in the MLS after playing for over 13 years in the Premier League.
Sources: Jeff Carlisle/ESPN FC