ESPN FC reported earlier this month that Colorado are pursuing a deal for the Everton shot-stopper after acquiring top spot in the MLS allocation order from the Chicago Fire during the 2016 SuperDraft – giving them first priority to sign any player currently listed on the league’s Allocation Ranking List.
The rumours were then further stoked last week when the club traded first-choice keeper Clint Irwin to Toronto FC, leaving MacMath as the starter for the time being.
The 24-year-old former US Under-20 international, who played three times for the Rapids last term while on loan from the Philadelphia Union before being traded in December, has heard the rumours about Howard’s potential arrival but remains confident that he will be given the chance to fill the position.
“You’ve just got to put that in the back of your rearview mirror,” said MacMath, who trained with Howard at Everton for three successive offseasons between 2010 and 2012. “There’s always going to be someone trying to take your job, regardless if it’s Tim Howard or anyone else. I just have to do my job and make it as hard as possible for someone else to take it.
“I believe that I’m the starting goalkeeper here and it’s something I’m excited for. It’s a lot easier for me to know that I’ll be there, and hopefully my preparation through preseason up until the first game will be right and we can start off on the right note.”
Howard, 36, has made over 400 total appearances for Everton signing joining the club from Manchester United in 2006 on an initial loan deal which later became permanent, but his form over the past 18 months has come in for considerable criticism from both Blues fans and the media.
The former Metrostars keeper, who has earned 106 USA caps since his international debut in 2002, has reiterated on several occasions that he plans to remain at Goodison Park until his current contract expires in 2018, but his on-going plight has led to questions over whether he will even be at the club next season.
Nevertheless, manager Roberto Martinez stressed on the weekend that he has received no contact from the Rapids about his struggling No. 1, telling the Liverpool Echo: "No at the moment there is nothing. There is nothing to comment on."