MLS: 5 Manchester United players who have impacted the MLS
In 2003, Tim Howard made history when he became the first American to play for Manchester United after swapping the New York Redbulls for the Premier League giants. This was a statement signing and was an indication of the quality and talent that lies in America.
The goalkeeper lifted the FA Cup in his debut campaign. But Edwin Van der Sar’s signing saw his time at United come to an end but this was in no way the end of Howard’s stay in England. He went on to cement himself as Everton’s first team keeper and kept 116 clean sheets in the Premier League, the third highest in the all-time list. The ex-United man is one of only four keepers to net a goal in the Premier League after he scored against Bolton Wanderers in 2012.
The goalkeeper also holds the record for making the most saves in a single match in a World Cup after he stopped 15 attempts against Belgium in 2014. Howard is an important figure in MLS history as it was his move that opened the doors for many other MLS players to showcase their talent and earn a move to Europe.
Howard, who returned to the MLS with the Colorado Rapids in 2016, revealed in January that he would retire at the end of the season.