US Secretary of Defense Gives Tim Howard a Call After World Cup Performance

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2014

via @DeptofDefense

United States men's national team goalie Tim Howard was so good in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, especially in the round of 16 against Belgium, that he earned himself a new job title.

OK, not really.

Howard's performance—16 saves, the most by any goalkeeper in a World Cup game in the last 50 years—was enough, however, to get a congratulatory call from current U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, even after a 2-1 defeat to Belgium in extra time. 

President Barack Obama also called Howard and Clint Dempsey to congratulate them. 

[U.S. Dept of Defense, Twitter]