The Colorado Rapids announced on Monday afternoon that their goalkeeper and USMNT veteran, Tim Howard, will undergo surgery for a fractured adductor, which he sustained in the 2-1 loss to Mexico on Friday night.
Howard is expected to miss at least four months which means he’ll miss out on the Rapids upcoming Western conference final, the USMNT’s away World Cup qualifier in Costa Rica, and possibly even two more Hexagonal matches in March depending on how his recovery is goes.
In the short term, the smart money is on Brad Guzan to assume the starting job once again. If Howard is indeed out for the next important matches then it’s truly anyone’s guess. Both Guzan and the logical heir apparent, Ethan Horvath, are struggling for playing time currently at their clubs. That could open the door for the likes of William Yarbrough, David Bingham, or Bill Hamid who play regularly and perform well.