HOW ACQUIRED: Via the Allocation Process after Colorado secured the #1 spot in the Allocation Ranking Order.
One of the greatest players the US has ever produced, Howard has been the standard bearer for American goalkeepers over the past 10 years. Coming up through MLS, Howard signed with Manchester United in 2003 before having a stellar career with Everton in the English Premier League. A premier shot-stopper, Howard has been the starting goalkeeper for the US in the past two World Cups and holds the record for most saves in a World Cup game with 16.
INTERNATIONAL: Howard has represented USMNT in every year since 2002 and, during that time, has amassed 111 caps. He was ever-present for his country during the 2014 World Cup and created a record for the most saves in a tournament game with 16 stops against Belgium in the Knockout Round. He has also represented the U.S. in the World Cups of 2006 and 2010. With his national team, Howard has won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and was runner-up at the 2009 Confederations Cup. He took home the Golden Glove as the best keeper in the latter event. He was voted the CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
OUTSIDE MLS: At club level, Howard has been playing in the English Premier League since 2003, when he joined Manchester United after a six-year spell with the MetroStars in MLS. During his time at Old Trafford he played 77 games, winning the FA Cup, Football League Cup and FA Community Shield. He also represented Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in the UEFA Champions League. Howard moved to Everton in 2006, initially on loan and then on a permanent deal. At present he has been featured in 415 games for the Liverpool-based club. In 2009, he set a club record for most clean sheets in a season and saved two penalties in a shoot-out against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final to send his team into the final. At the end of the 2013 season, he kept his 100th clean-sheet for the club against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.