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Howard set to make a rapid exit from Toffees

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard will end his 10-year stay with the club to join Major League Soccer side Colorado Rapids at the end of the season.

United States international Howard, 37, whose 352 Premier League appearances is a club record for Everton, will join the Rapids in July 4 when the MLS transfer window opens.

"I will miss it a lot," Howard admitted.

"This is home. I grew up here. To stay 10 years in any place is a long time and this has become without doubt my family."

Howard, who has made a total of 412 appearances for Everton since arriving in a £3m deal from Manchester United in February 2007, said the time was right to return to America.

"I have been at Everton 10 years and it's been a brilliant 10 years," said Howard.

"I spoke to my family, I spoke to Roberto (Martinez) and I spoke to the chairman, Bill Kenwright.

"We had really great discussions and we all felt this was the right move and the right time."

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