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Colorado Rapids star Tim Howard to undergo season-ending surgery

DENVER — Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard will miss the rest of the season, the team announced Monday.

Howard was diagnosed with a fracture of the right adductor longus, located in the upper groin, according to the team.

The team said he is set to undergo surgery Thursday and will miss four months.

Howard injured himself in the first half of the World Cup qualifier game between the United States and Mexico on Friday.

The timing could not be worse be for the Rapids.

The team is in the MLS playoffs and Howard will miss the Rapids’ Western Conference finals series against the Seattle Sounders and the beginning of 2017 training camp.

This was Howard’s first season with the Rapids and he was a key part of the team’s victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Nov. 6 in the Western Conference semifinals. He made two saves in a penalty kick shootout in that game.

The Rapids will turn back to goalkeeper Zac MacMath, who started the season for the Rapids before Howard joined in the summer.

The Rapids will face the Sounders on Nov. 22.