I WAS RIGHT TO LEAVE - TIM HOWARD
This was the position of former Everton goalkeeper, Tim Howard who believes it was the right time for him to leave Everton after uncovering he would join the Colorado Rapids in MLS.
The 37-year old goalkeeper has joined them at Goodison Park since 2007, appearing over 400 times for the Merseyside club after joining from Manchester United.
Timothy Howard appeared for Everton 354 times having scored for the club once. He began his career with the North Jersey Imperials before he later moved to the MetroStars.
The USA international's appearances caught the attention of the English Premier League 20-time winner, Manchester United, who signed him in 2003. He enjoyed relative success with them as the Red Devils won the 2003 FA Community Shield, the 2003/04 FA Cup and the 2005/06 League Cup.
Still and all, after United signed the former Netherlands star goalkeeper, Edwin van der Sar, Howard was loaned out to Everton to play more first-team soccer and ultimately signed permanently with them in February, 2007. On January 4, 2012, Howard found the net, his first professional goal, during the clash with Bolton Wanderers. This made him the fourth goalkeeper to score a goal in a Premier League match.
Howard on 4th of July, 2016, joined the MLS Colorado Rapids in USA on three-year contract where he has 77% saves in 13 appearance.
The Englishman happens to be the most capped goalkeeper of all-time for the United States men's national team, having over 100 caps since his debut in 2002. He was not substituted in during the 2006 World Cup, but later established himself as first-choice goalie and started all of the USA's matches at the 2010 and 2014 World Cup tournaments. The team made it to the Round of 16 on both occasions, and during the 2016 World Cup, he set a World Cup record for most saves in a match with 16 saves.