Tim Howard Suspended 3 Games by MLS for Verbal Altercations with Fans

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 15, 2017

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 24:  Tim Howard #1 of United States prior to the World Cup Qualifier match between the United States and Honduras at Avaya Stadium on March 24, 2017 in San Jose, California.  The United States won the match 6-0 (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)
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MLS has suspended Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard for three games following two incidents with fans.

Per Steven Goff of the Washington Post, Howard's suspension and undisclosed fine were the result of "foul language directed toward a fan" during Colorado's game against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday and a separate incident with a fan after the 3-1 defeat. 

The Rapids issued a statement regarding Howard's suspension:

Howard made an unfortunate and regrettable mistake for which he is being disciplined by MLS. While this is out of character for Tim, we do not condone these actions. We accept the league’s decision and look forward to moving past this. The incidents that took place during our match at Sporting Kansas City last weekend do not represent the Colorado Rapids Soccer Club or Tim’s character and beliefs, on and off the pitch.

The 38-year-old also got into a brief verbal exchange with Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer after the contest, though MLS did not factor that into the punishment.

Howard returned to MLS in 2016 after 13 years with Manchester United and Everton in the English Premier League.              


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