The time of Tim Howard in MLS is over.
The Colorado Rapids goaltender and the long-time US national team star went on Twitter on Tuesday to announce his retirement at the end of the MLS 2019 season.
I can not wait to start the MLS 2019 season, it will be my LAST. There will be a lot of time for the feeling later. For now, I will enjoy every minute. And as I've always done, compete hard and help run the Rapids for the sole purpose of winning. pic.twitter.com/QWuCcy7gW2
– Tim Howard (@TimHowardGK) January 22, 2019
"I'm looking forward to starting the MLS 2019 season because it will be my last," Howard wrote. "There will be a lot of time for the feelings later.For the moment, I will enjoy every minute.And as I have always done, compete fiercely and help run the Rapids in the only purpose of winning. "
Howard, who turns 40 in March, began his professional career more than 20 years ago, first dressing with the MetroStars of New York / New Jersey (now the Red Bulls) in 1998. He then successfully led a European career at Manchester United. and Everton before returning to MLS with the Rapids in 2016.
116 – Tim Howard recorded 116 white sheets in the English Premier League, the third highest of all time. Massif. pic.twitter.com/mqJaYE5ymH
– OptaJack⚽️ (@OptaJack) January 22, 2019
He also enjoyed success playing with the USMNT, playing the starter role in the net at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, as well as in the race for the 2009 Confederations Cup final.
Howard is the American leader in international appearances (104) and victories (55). He also holds the record for the most number of stops during a FIFA World Cup match with his 15 saves in the US 2-1 defeat against Belgium in 2014.