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Erin Summers

Tim Howard becomes national super hero

Posted July 2, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014

At 4 p.m. the United States sat glued to the T.V. in anticipation of the country's chance to advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup. By 4:01 p.m. goalie Tim Howard's right foot had already blocked a shot on goal from Belgium's Divock Origi.

About 20 minutes in the Belgium shooting frenzy was on and Tim Howard had an answer for everything. Belgium had 38 shot attempts, 27 which were on-target.

America's No. 1 goalie had 16 saves, the most in a World Cup game since FIFA started keeping track in 2002. The performance earned Howard the Man of the Match award. And despite the United States' loss, Americans won't soon forget the super natural play of 35-year-old Tim Howard in Tuesday's Round of 16 match.

During the game along there were over 1.8 million mentions of Tim Howard (@TimHowardGK) during the USA vs. Belgium game, with spikes for big saves.

Check out things #TimHowardCouldSave — 50 cent's first pitch, Jay-Z from getting beat up by Solange in the elevator, the whole Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction and Ned Stark to name a few.

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  • Doc Holliday Jul 4, 2014

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    Agreed.....athletes are not heroes.

  • JACKSON SAWYER THE GREAT Jul 4, 2014

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    I agree would like to hear Erin respond?

  • JACKSON SAWYER REVENGE Jul 4, 2014

    We throw the word hero around- hero is reserved for special people that do special things
    for the good of others, we have lots of hero's that never a word is issued about them.
    athletes do extraordinary things but the word hero is erroneously used here.

  • LordHelpUsAll Jul 3, 2014

    Howard was awesome. This is my first year really paying attention to soccer.... even I could see he is talented and played his heart out. The one thing I don't care for in this post is him deflecting the Titanic. That's a bit disrespectful to a lot of families that lost loved ones there. Not cute or funny WRAL. Why would you spoof on those people's graves?

  • UpChuck Jul 3, 2014

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    You say "po-ta-to".....I say "po-tot-o".

  • lucasd06 Jul 3, 2014

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    Don't detract from the significance of his regulation play saves because you THINK you know what you're talking about. There's a reason he's the one on the National Team and you're only typing words from behind a screen.

    I think everybody but you realizes that Howard was solid and the 2 goals allowed can be attributed to his defense.

  • Doc Holliday Jul 2, 2014

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    +1....incredible performance by Howard.

  • Doc Holliday Jul 2, 2014

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    Yep...he was diving all over the place, playing the game the way it was meant to be played. I don't really follow soccer but he looks like a heck of a player.

  • Jeanne Gunn Jul 2, 2014

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    Howard and USA wouldn't give up - they played with incredible heart and left everything they had on the pitch. So proud of 'em!

  • Jeanne Gunn Jul 2, 2014

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    Exactly!!! Belgium peppered Howard early and often, but Howard was able to fend off any scoring all through regulation. If the offense was just a little more potent, the game may have ended with USA as the winner. Howard did an incredible job IMHO.

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