American hero Tim Howard made 16 saves during Team USA’s heartbreaking loss to Belgium in the Round of 16 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup — the most recorded World Cup history — but his herculean efforts weren’t enough.
Howard’s spectacular game doesn’t exactly show in the end score — Belgium managed to slip two goals past him and the U.S. only managed one great one in return — but he managed to fend off Belgian attackers for the entire 90-minute regulation time. Ultimately, though, you can’t win a soccer game single-handedly.
After the game, he brushed off praise from an ESPN reporter. “That’s my job. That’s what I signed up to do,” he said, adding that the loss was “heartbreaking. I don’t think we could’ve given it any more. We left it all out there, and we got beaten by a really good team.”
Twitter took note of Howard’s amazing work — here are some of the best tweets about Tim Howard, American hero.
The @RisingStarABC wall has nothing on Tim Howard.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) July 1, 2014
I wonder if Tim Howard’s shoulders ever get tired from holding the whole team on his back
— Science Cat (@DrScienceCat) July 1, 2014
Tim Howard is more reliable than my backup drive. #somanysaves
— Mark Hart (@LT_TheBiblegeek) July 1, 2014
Incredible shot of Tim Howard in action against Belgium
— NOT SportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) July 1, 2014
Live pictures of Tim Howard – pic.twitter.com/YCT0o3vgte
— World Cup 2014 (@WorldCupPosts) July 1, 2014
Batman now has Tim Howard pajamas
— Colton Dixon (@coltondixon) July 1, 2014
Tim Howard joins some old American guys as a US national hero on Mount Rushmore. pic.twitter.com/s8IK6IjVVD
— Soccer Memes (@FBSoccerMemes) July 1, 2014
I don’t know anything about soccer other than @TimHowardGK is a bad mofo.
— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) July 1, 2014