American goalkeeper Tim Howard has announced on social media that the upcoming 2019 Major League Soccer (MLS) campaign will be his final one
After starting out in New Jersey, Howard’s potential soon caught the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson with the Manchester United coach signing him in 2003 for €4m to replace Fabien Barthez as the club’s first-choice keeper
Howard’s time at Old Trafford got off to a dream start when he saved the decisive spot-kick in United’s Community Shield win over Arsenal and he soon followed it up with a number of impressive displays.
However, in light of a number of high-profile errors, Howard left United for Everton in 2006 after losing his place in the team to Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.
It was at Goodison Park where Howard really made his mark in the Premier League, which saw the United States international make 414 appearances after a decade at Everton.
Nowadays, Howard is back in homeland at Colorado Rapids and took to social media on Tuesday to announce that the upcoming football season will be the last of his career.
“I’m greatly looking forward to kicking off the 2019 MLS season, as it will be my LAST,” Howard wrote on Twitter.
“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.”
Aside from his exploits in the Premier League, however, the 39-year-old was also a key member of the United States national team.
Howard starred for the US at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups and played a key part of the side that reached the 2009 Confederations Cup final and was awarded the Golden Glove prize as a result of his performances.
A notable highlight of Howard’s career likely comes from the time his pass helped set-up a move for Landon Donovan’s match-winner against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup, which enabled the US to reach the knockout stages in South Africa.
Another would be the time Howard made a record 15 saves during the US’ extra-time 2-1 defeat to Belgium in the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals.
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