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Timing right for Tim Howard to move to MLS soon

Former U.S. international Brian McBride thinks the Colorado Rapids' reported interest in Tim Howard could lead to a deal.

Recent reports linked longtime Everton and U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard, 36, with a summer move to the Colorado Rapids of MLS. And while the exact timing and salary details remain up in the air -- and we don't know whether the deal will take place, as Toffees manager Roberto Martinez recently said he wasn't aware of the Rapids inquiring about Howard -- it presents an interesting question: Should the New Jersey native move back to MLS soon?

For a number of reasons -- including Howard's current career phase, proximity to family, contract opportunity and role in further developing MLS -- it makes sense for him to return to Major League Soccer. Here's a look at the underlying factors involved, the biggest adjustments Howard will face if he comes back to MLS, and what his outlook would be if he returns stateside.

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Colorado Rapids deal midfielder Marcelo Sarvas to D.C. United

Marcelo Sarvas, right, has joined D.C. United.

The Colorado Rapids sent midfielder Marcelo Sarvas to D.C. United on Monday in exchange for targeted allocation money.

Sarvas, 34, played in 25 games for the Rapids last season after spending the three previous years with the LA Galaxy, where he won two MLS Cups.

He scored twice after missing the beginning of the season following knee surgery.

"Marcelo brings MLS experience and a veteran presence to our group," said D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper. "He is a tenacious player who has been...

Shkelzen Gashi signs for Colorado Rapids as a Designated Player

Shkelzen Gashi, right, will join the Colorado Rapids in time for the 2016 season.

The Colorado Rapids have signed Albania international forward Shkelzen Gashi from Swiss side FC Basel, the MLS club announced on Monday.

Gashi has been signed to a Designated Player contract, making him the team's second DP after forward Kevin Doyle.

The 27-year-old has led the Swiss Super League in scoring in each of the past two seasons. 

Last week, the Rapids loaned another DP, Juan Ramirez, to Spanish second-division side Almeria.

Tim Howard, Colorado Rapids mutually interested in deal - sources

Former U.S. international Brian McBride thinks the Colorado Rapids' reported interest in Tim Howard could lead to a deal.
The ESPN FC team discuss the recent reports that Tim Howard could leave Everton for the MLS's Colorado Rapids.

The Colorado Rapids' interest in Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is mutual, with the U.S. international likely to arrive in the summer, multiple sources have told ESPN FC.

NBCSports.com earlier reported the state of the talks over Howard's future.

Colorado's interest in Howard first emerged earlier this month, and now sources have confirmed that Howard is indeed interested in returning to MLS.

One source with knowledge of the negotiations indicated that "discussions are ongoing and positive."

Howard...