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Chuck Hagel calls Tim Howard after Wikipedia defense secretary joke

The actual U.S. secretary of defense called America's most beloved goalkeeper on Wednesday.
By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   July 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- The United States' may have lost to Belgium 2-1 on Tuesday, but Tim Howard's record-setting 16 saves gave American fans something to celebrate.

They took to social media in droves to laud Howard's defensive skills, using the hashtag #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave. Someone even edited Wikipedia to make him U.S. secretary of defense.

Even Chuck Hagel, the actual U.S. secretary of defense, got in on the joke. He called Howard on Wednesday to congratulate him.



Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Hagel invited Howard and his teammates to the Pentagon.

He also told Howard that "with some training, he could someday become the real secretary of Defense."

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