United get move green light
By Chris Bergin (ussocceruk.com)
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Howard, who has been in amazing form for the Eastern Conference high-flyers this season, will finally play his last match in MLS when The MetroStars travel to Gillette Stadium to face New England.
The protracted $3 million transfer of Howard was held up due to a delay in receiving his Hungarian Passport - his key for being able to gain a work permit due to his lack of caps for the States.
However, despite only holding three caps that count when evaluating a work permit - under the normal rules of requiring no less than 75 percent of a player's last 24 month international period - Howard has been granted the required documentation on appeal, without his EU passport in hand.
It is understood that a high level Manchester United delegation, MLS deputy commissioner Ivan Gazidis, who is in England, and US national team manager Bruce Arena were all involved in the appeal.
Howard will now bid farewell to the States next week, flying to England to complete a four-year deal that is worth a minimum of $20,000 a week.
However, he is set to return to the US this month as United begin their American tour in the latter part of July.
The MetroStars are hoping to replace Howard with American keeper Jonny Walker, who has been plying his trade in South America. Another target, Joe Cannon, is in talks with Colorado.