COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4) – As if being in first place wasn’t good enough, the Colorado Rapids went and added one of the premier goaltenders in the world.

Tim Howard is officially calling Denver home. The 37-year-old goalkeeper was announced as the newest member of the Rapids on Tuesday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

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Pablo Mastroeni introduces Tim Howard as the newest Rapid (credit: CBS)

Pablo Mastroeni introduces Tim Howard as the newest Rapid (credit: CBS)

Howard is well-known for his time with the U.S. men’s national team, including three trips to the World Cup. He’s spent the last 10 seasons playing with Everton in the Premier League.

While Howard is new to the Rapids organization, he’s familiar with head coach Pablo Mastroeni because they were teammates for several years.

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“Pablo is a warrior. He’s a guy who on countless occasions I stood in the tunnel with … we pumped each other up, we were teammates and we went out there to battle,” Howard said. “So I’m just so looking forward to lacing the boots up and getting on the field.”

“Tim, I’m really excited to be working with you as a competitor, as a winner, and I think there’s a lot of great moments ahead for this group,” Mastroeni said. “It’s a great moment to be a part of this organization, a great time to be a head coach overlooking a lot of great players, a lot of great young men, and guys who have a lot to achieve.”

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The Rapids next play on the Fourth of July against Portland. A fireworks display will follow the game.