U.S. loses in World Cup game, but goalie Tim Howard wins Internet (Photos)

United States men's national soccer team may have lost their match against Belgium Wednesday, but goalkeeper Tim Howard is winning the Internet.

WASHINGTON — United States men’s national soccer team may have lost the match against Belgium Wednesday, but goalkeeper Tim Howard is winning the Internet.

Howard, 35, had a record-setting 16 saves, but it couldn’t help the team outscore Belgium. As soccer fans tuned into the game, they sounded off with support for Howard as well as the hashtag #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave.

His efforts also prompted some to call him the “Secretary of Defense” and even prompted a petition to President Barack Obama that he replace Defense Department Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Hagel called the goalie to congratulate him on his performance and the Pentagon released this image of the two defenders speaking on the phone.


The Pentagon released this photo of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel as he called goalkeeper Tim Howard of the United States Men’s National soccer team Tuesday. The secretary thanked Howard for "defending the United States of America at the World Cup." (Courtesy Defense Department/Casper Manlangit)

On Wikipedia, someone briefly changed the Wikipedia entry for Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, naming Howard as the incumbent.

Wikipedia corrected the entries quickly after their posts. Wikipedia’s founder, Jimmy Wales took to Twitter giving the entries a thumbs up, while still turning down vandalism of the site.

A second petition submitted to the White House wants to rename a local airport in honor of the goalkeeper.

The petition aims to rename Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport the Tim Howard Airport.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there are more than 2,700 signatures on the petition. It needs 100,000 signatures by July 31, 2014, to reach its goal.

One person altered Howard’s Wikipedia entry, calling him the “American Jesus.”

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