Tim Howard pens emotional letter to fans before final Everton game

United States soccer star and longtime Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is playing his final match with the English Premier League club on Sunday before returning to the USA to play for the MLS’s Colorado Rapids this summer.

Ahead of his final appearance with Everton, Howard penned an emotional open letter to the fans.

EVERTON, you have become a part of my soul. You'll forever be in my heart. COYB!!!

Your #24,

Tim Howard pic.twitter.com/THEWMlQZxs

— Tim Howard (@TimHowardGK) May 15, 2016

When Howard took the pitch for his final appearance in an Everton kit, it was quite a wild scene.

Great send off for @TimHowardGK @Everton #efc pic.twitter.com/hkUgf7omVd

— Lady Grantchester (@LadyGSue) May 15, 2016

Howard made a total of 414 appearances with Everton over the last decade. He will certainly be missed.

As for the next step of his career, it will be great for the American soccer fans to see Howard finish back home.

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