In the round of 16 loss to Belgium, Tim Howard became the first goalie in the history of the World Cup to ever be forgiven for being scored on in a match. As we followed along, play after play, Howard turned in an historic performance despite the loss, with 16 incredible saves.
Here are all 16 of his saves:
The game hadn't even entered extra time yet before statistics like these began to trickle in:
Tim Howard has 12 saves in this game, tying the 2nd-most in a World Cup game in the last 50 years.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) July 1, 2014
Howard finished with the most saves by any goalkeeper in a World Cup game...ever. Naturally, despite the two goals, a mythology was born.
Tim Howard is a god.— Roxane Gay (@rgay) July 1, 2014
Despite the loss, Tim Howard’s record setting performance was monumental. pic.twitter.com/eaqF2Whkxq— ESPN (@espn) July 1, 2014
Then came the jokes:
You can't follow Tim Howard on twitter, he will block you.— BLYTHE (@briandark) July 1, 2014
Tim Howard saved my marriage.— Tim Siedell (@badbanana) July 1, 2014
In the end, the American squad came up just short:
Only so much Tim Howard can do.— 2014 World Cup (@2014_WorIdCup) July 1, 2014
Nevertheless, this game will be seen as a turning point for the sport of soccer in the United States going forward. What could have (and probably should have) been a very serious letdown was precluded by one particularly heroic effort. Cheers, Tim.
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