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

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]