Tim Howard announced that he would retire from professional football at the end of the 2019 MLS season.

The Colorado Rapids goaltender made the announcement via his Twitter account.

Howard, 39, will be remembered in the history of American football as one of the greatest players in the country, a feat of great importance given the regularity with which the country produces high level goalkeepers.

"It's been a hell of a walk," Howard told reporters on Tuesday. "It's something that I've been watching for a number of years, probably since I signed with Colorado, and I knew the contract would take me 40 years, and that seemed like a good time. I wanted to do that, and there are other things I want to do.

"For many of these reasons, I wanted to make sure that it would be the end." The timing is quite logical to do it now before the season to fix it so that it is not a distraction. Feels good, it's not something I thought about last night, it's a decision I've been comfortable with for a long time with my head and my heart. "

Originally from North Brunswick, New Jersey, he began his professional career in 1997 with the North Jersey imperial of what is now the United Soccer League. The following year, he joined the MetroStars New York / New Jersey MLS. He spent six seasons at the club before being transferred to Manchester United in 2003.

Howard had some ups and downs in his three seasons with the Red Devils. He was initially the starter and was the hero of United's triumph over Charity Shield against Arsenal. But a series of uneven performances, including an error that resulted in the elimination of United in the UEFA Champions League against Porto, saw him lose his starting spot in favor of Roy Carroll. Howard rebounded and won a medal later in the 2004 FA Cup final against Millwall. He was also named in Best XI of the Association of Professional Footballers that year.

Howard finally lost his place against Carroll and later Edwin van der Sar. As a result, Howard was loaned to Everton for the 2006-07 season. This loan became permanent in February 2007. He then became the mainstay of the Toffees, making more than 400 appearances in cups and cups over the course of 10 seasons. In 2016, he returned to MLS, where he spent the last three seasons with the Rapids, making 57 appearances in the league and series.

Howard has also excelled internationally. He made 121 appearances with the US national team and was one of three teams in the World Cup. At the 2014 World Cup, Howard achieved a remarkable performance in the 2-1 defeat of 16 against Belgium, making 15 saves. He was also one of the two gold medal winning teams in 2007 and 2017. Howard was part of the team that failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but he remains one of the best players produced by the United States.

"I think that in general, from a purist point of view of football, if you broke this [Belgium] "It's the best game I've played," Howard said. "Not only my own performance, but also Julian Green who scores his goal, [Chris Wondolowski] had a great luck in the end. When you talk about the game of all games, it was colossal. "

Howard, who holds stints in Memphis 901 FC, a member of the USL Championship, and the fifth-ranked British group, Dagenham & Redbridge, was confident that his post-game games would not result in a coaching career.

"I can tell you without reservation, if anyone asked me to coach a group of professional athletes, he should probably pay me more than the US Treasury, because it is not a job that I would appreciate in any way or shape, "Howard said. "It's difficult, it takes time, you get very little glory and pain, it's not something I even think about, I would never go near the training."