ESPN re­port says Colorado is pur­su­ing-Howard

The Denver Post - - OFF & RUNNING - By Daniel Boni­face Daniel Boni­face: 303- 954- 1104, dboni­face@den­ver­ or @ daniel­boni­face

If the Rapids are in the hunt for Tim-Howard, they aren’t let­ting on.

The long­time No. 1 goal­keeper for the U. S. na­tional team and Ever­ton is be­ing pur­sued by the Rapids, ac­cord­ing to ESPN, which cited a source in its re­port Fri­day. A Rapids spokesper­son de­clined to com­ment on whether the lo­cal MLS team is pur­su­ing Howard.

Howard, 36, has played more than 400 games for Ever­ton and more than 100 games for the na­tional team. He is un­der con­tract with Ever­ton through 2018, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Thurs­day, the Rapids traded up to the No. 1 slot in the MLS player al­lo­ca­tion rank­ings ( PAR), swap­ping their No. 2 slot and draft picks with the Chicago Fire.

“For us, the PAR rank­ing is prob­a­bly the most sig­nif­i­cant draft- day deal we’ve done in this club’s his­tory,” Rapids vice pres­i­dent of soc­cer op­er­a­tions Paul Bravo told the Rapids pod­cast Thurs­day. “And we’ve done it for a rea­son.”

The No. 1 rank­ing gives the Rapids first crack at sign­ing one of 23 play­ers on the MLS player al­lo­ca­tion list, should that player choose to come to MLS. The list in­cludes U.S. na­tional team play­ers abroad, and for­mer ML S play­ers who were trans­ferred out of the league for at least a $ 500,000 fee.

“There’s a lot of play­ers on that list that can bring real qual­ity to our or­ga­ni­za­tion, our club and our fan base,” Bravo said.

Jamie McDon­ald, Getty Im­ages

Goal­keeper TimHoward has played­more than 100 games for the U. S. na­tional team.

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