Tim Howard, Record-Tying U.S. Goalie, Made 16 Saves and a Lot of Memorable Memes
So the U.S. lost against Belgium on Tuesday, but goalie Tim Howard, who made a record-tying 16 saves during the game, basically came out on top. Seriously, 16 is officially the most saves made in a World Cup match since 1966. Plus, Howard was seriously classy about his achievement after the game, lifting up his teammates and remarking that he was just doing his job.
It’s heartbreaking. I don’t think we could’ve given any more. We left it all out there. We got beat by a really good team. … Dream falls short, but this is an incredible group and … I’ll never forget this night.
"Tim Howard's legs to the rescue," said the commentator after one particularly harrowing save (one of 16, that is), and we were all like, "Thanks for finally getting on our level, commentator." We'll never forget your night, Howard, you goal-saving minx you. And neither will head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who had this to say in a news conference after the game.
What Tim played tonight was just phenomenal, it was outstanding. ... He had an absolutely amazing match tonight and you just can give him the biggest thanks in the world.
Luckily Deadspin's already compiled a video of all the epic saves Howard made during the game. Here it is in all its glory:
You know, at least this is America. Land of the Free. Home of the GIF. Birthplace of the Vine. We can enjoy Tim Howard's goals on a six-second loop over and over again!
In that spirit, here are some Howard Highlights from across the web:
1. Tim Howard's Fourth of July
This is what Howard looks like when he wakes up in the morning.
2. Animated Tim Howard
Real Tim Howard is even better.
3. Oh-My-God-How-Did-He-Do-That Howard
This is a real goal Tim Howard scored once. From his goal.
4. Vice Presidential Bud Tim Howard
Normal Howardian behavior here.
Don't even try it, from Tumblr user girlmeetsbrush.
6. Karate Howard
Didn't even break a sweat.
7. Statue-at-the-entrance-to-Braavos Howard
Finally, our fave: Tim Howard, Game-of-Thrones style, as a stand-in for the statue of Titan in the city of Braavos.