U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called Tim Howard on Wednesday and said the goalkeeper could someday have his job.
The U.S. soccer team's
Howard's 16 saves were the most recorded in a World Cup since FIFA began tracking them.
Hagel also congratulated Howard and invited the entire team to visit the
The Defense secretary's overture to Howard was part of a nationwide outpouring of goodwill. A White House petition was started Tuesday night to rename the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after him, and Twitter has been overflowing with admiring memes.
Here is the full statement issued by the Pentagon:
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