By: Caleb J Duncan
One of the all-time great goalkeepers in professional soccer will retire at the end of the 2019 season. Tim Howard, 39, made the announcement via his Twitter page:
I’m greatly looking forward to kicking off the 2019 MLS season, as it will be my LAST. There will be plenty of time for sentiment later. For now, I am going to enjoy every minute. And as I’ve always done, compete hard and help lead the Rapids with the sole purpose of winning. pic.twitter.com/QWuCcy7gW2
— Tim Howard (@TimHowardGK) January 22, 2019
Howard currently plays for the Colorado Rapids but has played for a slew of teams throughout his professional career. He also played for the New Jersey Imperials where he began his career in ’97. From there he moved to the MetroStars for several years before making the transition to Europe where he played for Manchester United. Through a mixed tenure with Manchester United Howard was eventually sent to Everton where he excelled before coming back to the MLS and joining the Rapids where he has been the past 3 seasons.
While Howard has found success in leagues in the United States and Europe, he is most well known for being one of the best goalkeepers on the international stage, logging over 120 appearances for the U.S. National team and playing in 3 World Cups.
One of his more notable appearances was during the 2014 World Cup where he put on a spectacular performance against Belgium seen below. While Howard never won the World Cup with the United States his abilities as a keeper and leader propelled him to success on the mainstage.
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Featured Photo Credit: Colorado Rapids
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