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Tim Howard likely to move to Colorado Rapids in May

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The rumored move of United States veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard back to MLS is back on in a big way. NBC Sports is reporting that it is "highly likely" that the USMNT stalwart will be moving to MLS club the Colorado Rapids in May.

Yesterday reports surfaced of Everton manager Roberto Martinez saying that no bids from the Rapids had been made, so this news comes as a bit of a surprise.

The move would end on the the great European odysseys by an American player. Howard has been in England since 2003 when he joined the world-famous Manchester United where he spent three-plus seasons. He joined Everton on loan in 2006 and then permanently a year later where he's been a club legend and their starting goalkeeper ever since.

Unfortunately time marches on and Howard's skills have regressed enough that his once guaranteed job with the Toffees is now under scrutiny. A move back to America to finish a storied career makes perfect sense. However, the destination being the Colorado Rapids is a highly questionable situation for an aging goalkeeper to enter as they are in the middle of a rebuilding phase.

It is expected that Howard will complete the signing before the January transfer window shuts, but not join Colorado until May.