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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