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OFFICIAL: Tim Howard to join Colorado Rapids in July

Tim Howard is coming home

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The Colorado Rapids officially announced the signing of United States international Tim Howard as a Designated Player today. He will join the MLS side his long time club Everton in July when the European transfer window opens and presumably when the Copa America Centenario is complete.

Howard spent 11 years at Goodison Park and will leave the club as one of its legendary figures. He occupied the starting spot for nearly every game of that long tenure until finally losing it this season after hitting a rough patch of form.

The American is one of the most recognizable national team members and should help the Rapids in their quest to become a serious club instead of a small market one.

"Tim is one of the greatest players this country has ever produced and we are delighted that he chose the Colorado Rapids when he decided to rejoin MLS," said Tim Hinchey, Team President. "We believe he can be an ambassador not only for our club but for the sport of soccer in the U.S. We are truly excited that Tim is a part of our future and on behalf of everyone associated with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, welcome him to our club."

Terms of the deal were not publicly disclosed, but it is believed that Howard will earn around $2 Million a year in his time with Colorado.

The USMNT legend is entering the final stages of his career. While many thought he'd end his career back home in the North East, the Rocky Mountains will have to do.