By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard will join the Colorado Rapids in the summer, the American club have announced.

The 37-year-old has agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Major League Soccer outfit, bringing to an end a 10-season spell at Goodison Park.

The United States international will be available for the Rapids from 4 July, when the MLS transfer window opens.

“I will remain an Evertonian for life,” said Howard, who joined the Toffees from Manchester United in 2006, initially on a season-long loan. “This will always be my team, my club.”

Since joining Everton, Howard has, until recently, been the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, making 412 appearances in all competitions.

A knee injury and loss of form led to his replacement by Spaniard Joel Robles at the end of January.

Paul Bravo, Colorado’s technical director and VP of soccer operations, believes Howard will prove a “pivotal signing”.

Tim Howard is leaving Everton to join MLS club Colorado Rapids in the summer

Done deal: Howard will move to the MLS in the summer

He added: “Tim is exceptional, both as a player and a person.

“He proved it at the last World Cup for the US national team and he has been proving it for the last decade in the English Premier League.

“He has experience at the very pinnacle of the sport and we feel he has much still to offer on the pitch.”