November 14, 2016
Colorado, USMNT keeper out for rest of the season
The U.S. national team's loss has turned out to be the Colorado Rapids' as well.
|Tim Howard's injury is a crushing blow for the U.S. national team and the Colorado Rapids.
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The Rapids announced Monday that goalkeeper Tim Howard will miss the rest of the Major League Soccer playoffs due to an injury he suffered in first half of the United States' 2-1 World Cup loss to Mexico Friday night.
Howard, 37, has been diagnosed with a fracture of the right adductor longus, located in the upper groin.
The former MetroStars standout is scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday and is expected to be sidelined for four months. The procedure will be performed by U.S. national team team physician, Dr. Michael B. Gerhardt in Los Angeles, Calif.
Howard will miss the national team's World Cup qualifier at Costa Rica Tuesday night. Brad Guzan is expected to start in his place.
Zac MacMath, who was the Rapids goalkeeper prior to Howard joining the club in July, will take over in net.
In his first season with Colorado, Howard registered a 6-3-8 mark as a starter and was selected to the MLS team of the week on three occasions (Weeks 25, 27 and 28).
The Rapidsí Co-MVP and finalist for the MLS goalkeeper of the year made two saves in the penalty shootout of the Western Conference semifinal against LA Galaxy, helping the Rapids advance to the Conference final against Seattle Sounders.
Seattle will host the first leg Nov. 22, Colorado the second leg Nov. 27.