The United States men’s national team indeed lost yesterday to Belgium in the knockout round of 16 in the World Cup. The 2-1 loss was nothing short of heartbreaking, but a sensational performance by US goalkeeper Tim Howard certainly assuaged USMNT fans around the globe.
Howard was an indomitable force right from the start of the game, saving the USMNT in the first minute after Belgium came storming out of the gates. Ultimately, Howard ended the game with a jaw dropping 16 saves, which is now the record for the most saves in an individual World Cup game.
Although Howard was magnificent, Belgium ultimately scored twice in extra time sealing the USMNT fate. Despite the grueling loss, fans around the Unites States lionized Howard after his impeccable performance.
In fact, the United States Secretary of Defense position on Wikipedia was momentarily edited yesterday, giving Howard the position.
Today, the actual United States Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, called Howard to congratulate him on his performance:
— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) July 2, 2014
Here is the official statement from the Pentagon (Courtesy of NextTimePulseSports):
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard to thank him for defending the United States of America at the World Cup. Secretary Hagel congratulated Howard on his record-breaking game and a great run in Brazil. He invited Howard and the entire team to come to the Pentagon later this year. He told Howard that with some training, he could someday become the real secretary of defense.
If that wasn’t enough for Howard, President Obama gave him a call as well: