Tim Howard: “There will be plenty of time for sentiment later. For now, I am going to enjoy every minute.” (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)

Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard, a standout with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars and U.S. men’s national team, announced Tuesday that he will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2019 season via Twitter.

The 39-year-old’s 21-year career also saw him play Manchester United and Everton in the English Premier League.

Since joining the Rapids in July 2016, Howard has made 257 saves over 75 appearances in regular-season play, good for fourth-most in club history.

“I’m greatly looking forward to kicking off the 2019 MLS season, as it will be my LAST,” Howard said on Twitter. “There will be plenty of time for sentiment later. For now, I am going to enjoy every minute. And as I’ve always done, compete hard and help lead the Rapids with the sole purpose of winning.”

Internationally, the “Secretary of Defense” has the most wins (62) and appearances (121) among USMNT goalkeepers, and also sits in second place in shutouts (42).

Howard has represented the U.S. in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World.

He is also a two-time CONCACAF Gold Cup winner, a three-time CONCACAF goalkeeper of the year, and took home the FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Glove Award in 2009.