USMNT’s Loss to Belgium Still Got Them a Phone Call from President Obama (Video)
The USA Lost the World Cup, But Tim Howard Won the Internet with #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave (Gallery)
The USMNT lost to Belgium on Tuesday, but it wasn’t a total waste of time for the 21.6 million Americans who tuned in to watch. They may not have seen a major upset or epic comeback, but they did see the most prolific goaltending performance in the history of the FIFA World Cup. Tim Howard made 16 saves, the most ever in a World Cup match since they started keeping track of such things back in 1966, which is just insane. The previous record, set by Peru’s Ramon Quiroga in 1978, was 13.
So while the USA lost, Howard’s heroic performance just three days before the 4th of July was a silver lining. And the momentousness of the occasion did not go unnoticed by the internet, and by Wednesday afternoon the official Tim Howard meme had taken shape: #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave.
Obviously, we’re talking about Tim Howard photoshopped into various situations, saving things. And it is absolutely brilliant.
Take a look: