The Everton goalkeeper admits he wanted to put himself "in the shop window" for a place in the USA side at the 2018 World Cup.
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has revealed his motives for leaving Goodison Park to join MLS side Colorado Rapids, saying that he wants to build something special at the franchise whilst giving himself the best chance to feature for USA at the 2018 World Cup, as quoted by Sky Sports.
The 37-year-old has made 412 appearances for the Toffees in all competitions in nearly a decade with the club, but lost his place as number one to Joel Robles earlier this year.
Despite his contract at the Merseyside club running until the end of the 2017-18 season, it was confirmed earlier this week that the former Manchester United man has signed a lucrative three-and-a-half-year deal wit Rapids.
Howard has won 106 caps for the USA national team but has found himself behind Aston Villa stopper Brad Guzan in the pecking order under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in recent times.
He admitted, as quoted by Sky Sports, that his desire to be playing regularly and compete for a spot in the 2018 World Cup, when he will be 39, was the primary motivation behind the move.
Howard said: "It gives me an opportunity to be in the shop window before the next World Cup.
"And the excitement about being in Colorado and building something…people don't care to hear that but that's the most important thing for me.
"I had two years left at the club I love and I planned on playing them out until this opportunity came up. It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up."
The transfer will see Howard return to playing domestic football in his native country for the first time since he left Metrostars - since rebooted as current franchise New York Red Bulls - for Old Trafford in 2003.
He will take a wealth of experience back with him to the USA, having played over 600 competitive first-team matches in his two decades as a professional.
Although he may find it difficult to re-establish himself as his country's first choice in the twilight of his career, if he can produce impressive form in MLS he could well be taken to the 2018 tournament as an experienced option between the posts.