Tim Howard Returns to the Tri-State for the first time since early 2000’s

Goalkeeper Tim Howard returns to the tristate area for the first time since the early days in his career when he manned the net for the then-MetroStars from 1998-2003.

“I have a lot of ties to the area,” he said in an interview with New Jersey Monthly. “I have great friends there, [so] I’ll have lots of ticket requests. It will be fun. Obviously, it will be business, but I’m looking forward to it. It’s been a long time since I played in the tristate area, but I have good memories.

Howard declared his move back to MLS back in March, officially joining the Rapids in the beginning of the summer transfer window.

He spent the last 13 years playing in the English Premier League with Manchester United and Everton.

“A lot of people forget because I was in England for so long, but I played five and a half seasons in MLS,” he added. “It is exciting to kind of see how the league has grown. And the league has grown so much since I left in 2003. To see the new stadiums and the influx of talented players, the way each team’s fan base has grown and grown and grown, it is impressive.”