Tim Howard won’t be able to play against until May 5. (Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports)
Tim Howard won’t be making any saves for the Colorado Rapids until next month.
The Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Friday night was suspended for three matches and issued an undisclosed fine for foul language directed toward a fan during the Rapids’ 3-1 loss at Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park and for an altercation with a spectator following last Sunday’s game.
The former MetroStars keeper will miss Colorado’s next three matches, starting with Saturday’s home game against Real Salt Lake. It will continue with a road encounter at Minnesota United April 23 and finish with an away game at Orlando City SC April 29.
Howard will be eligible to play again for the Rapids against the Vancouver Whitecaps in their home game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. May 5.
“Tim 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 Rapids said in a statement. “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.
“Major League Soccer and all 22 clubs have taken the pledge with the ‘Don’t Cross the Line’ campaign, which is “dedicated to supporting the communities where we live and play our games, and to providing an environment in which our staff, clubs, players, partners and supporters are treated with dignity and respect.”
“Everyone at the Colorado Rapids Soccer Club stands behind Tim and we look forward to welcoming him back to the pitch in the near future.”