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Everton give update on reports USMNT star Tim Howard heading to MLS

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Tim Howard appears to be edging towards the exit door at Goodison Park.

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U.S. national team goalkeeper Howard, 36, has spent the last decade playing for Everton in the Premier League but rumors persist about him moving to the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.

In January ProSoccerTalk exclusively revealed that Howard was in talks with the Rapids and is close to sealing a moved back to MLS in May.

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Speaking to the media on Thursday ahead of Everton’s FA Cup last 16 clash against AFC Bournemouth this weekend, Howard’s manager, Roberto Martinez, was asked about speculation linking the former Manchester United goalkeeper with a move away from Everton.

The Spanish coach did little to quash the transfer talk.

“At the moment there is nothing to comment,” Martinez said. “Of course I think Tim is one of those foreign footballers that has brought so much to the Premier League. It is not normal for a foreign player to get so attached to a club, especially in the modern game. To have 10 seasons like Tim has had now, it’s an incredible contribution.

“All I’m focusing on now is that Tim gets back to his best level and being able to finish the season strong. Whatever happens in the future, I don’t think this is the right moment to speak about it now.”

Hmm. So, “I don’t think this is the right moment to speak about it” and “at the moment there is nothing to comment” is pretty telling from Martinez. Sure, he’s not saying much but he’s definitely left the door wide-open for speculation to continue. Also, Martinez was further pressed on Howard’s position at Everton and if Joel Robles was now the undisputed No. 1. He confirmed Robles is the main man for now — in a roundabout way — but welcomed Howard to fight to regain his starting spot.

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All signs are pointing to Howard leaving for Colorado following the conclusion of the 2015-16 Premier League season on May 15 and with the New Jersey native currently out with an injury and losing his starting spot to Robles — who has excelled in his place — the USMNT veteran may not get the chance to end his Everton career with regular games.

This season has been a mixed one for Howard as he put in some stunning displays away at Tottenham and Manchester City in 0-0 draws, but has also been criticized by many sections of Everton’s supporters for costly mistakes. Everton have conceded the most home league goals (23) among Europe’s top five leagues and have conceded 35 times in 26 games so far in the PL this season.

Following his decision to take a self-imposed year sabbatical from U.S. national team action in September 2014, Howard returned to the USMNT fold last September but has shared minutes with Brad Guzan over the past six months. If he does move back to MLS, it remains to be seen whether or not Jurgen Klinsmann will still look at Howard as one of his first-choice goalkeepers following the emergence of Luis Robles and David Bingham during the January camp.

USMNT remains perfect, tops Panama to win group (video)

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In his first start since the U.S. Men’s National Team’s infamous defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, Jozy Altidore showcased his strength, speed and technical ability to help lead the U.S. to victory.

Altidore’s outstanding bicycle kick goal proved to be the difference in a sometimes dour game as the USMNT topped Panama, 1-0, Wednesday evening at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. The win kept the U.S. perfect through the Gold Cup group stage with no goals allowed, and it has somewhat erased the memory of the USMNT’s horrible run-up to the tournament, with defeats to Jamaica and Venezuela now firmly in the rear-view mirror.

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With the win, both teams head to Philadelphia for the quarterfinals this Sunday. Panama plays the undercard matchup against Jamaica while the USMNT faces Curacao.

Must-See Goal: Jozy Altidore puts USMNT in front with Bicycle Kick

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Jozy Altidore put his stamp on the game and gave U.S. Men’s National Team coach Gregg Berhalter more to speak about with one fell swing.

Altidore finished off a corner kick in spectacular fashion, executing a perfect bicycle kick to put the USMNT up 1-0 in the 66th minute. The goal came one minute after the entrance of Christian Pulisic, which perhaps was on the mind of the Panama defense.

It was Altidore’s second-straight game vs. Panama with a goal. His last two were in October 2017, when the U.S. pummeled Panama, 4-0. Of course, a few days later, a tired USMNT failed to win at Trinidad and Tobago.

FOLLOW LIVE, Gold Cup: USMNT closes out group v. Panama

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It’s a fully-changed starting XI for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it closes out the group stage against Panama at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga start together in the backline, Jozy Altidore returns to the starting lineup up top, and Jordan Morris and Jonathan Lewis feature on the wings alongside Altidore. Ten of the 11 players now ply their trade in MLS, including the Gonzalez, who recently moved to Toronto FC.

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Hit the link above to follow along for the next two hours, and check back on PST for a full recap and in-depth analysis after the final whistle.

Must-See Goal: Wayne Rooney v. Orlando City

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say it. Wayne Rooney just scored the most amazing goal in Audi Field’s young history.

In the 10th minute of D.C. United’s match against Orlando City SC on Wednesday evening, Rooney noticed Orlando’s Brian Rowe straying way off his line. And so, with an audacious but accurate attempt, Rooney let fly from 65 yards and SCORED. Just check this goal out below.

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Rooney took advantage of a crazy bounce and with his literal first touch, unleashed a thunderbolt that Rowe couldn’t catch up to. It automatically becomes one of the top contenders for the MLS Goal of the Year, and should make it on every top ten countdown this evening and tomorrow.