*The U.S. may have lost its World Cup match to Belgium on Tuesday, but goalie Tim Howard has emerged a true winner, becoming so beloved in America for his record-breaking performance that there’s a new petition on WhiteHouse.gov for his name to replace Ronald Reagan’s at DC’s airport. For real.
The 35-year-old form North Brunswick, New Jersey made 16 saves, the most on record in a World Cup match. It wasn’t enough, however to beat Belgium, who managed to sneak in two goals in the 120-minute game to win 2-1.
The loss was devastating, but it would’ve been much worse were it not for this sheer wizardry in front of the net. Below, all of his saves in one video, courtesy of Deadspin.
Moments after the game ended, Howard told ESPN, “I will never forget this night.”
As one ESPN announcer put it, “he does not deserve to be on the losing side.”
Below, some of his best mentions on social media:
— Balls.co.uk (@balls_uk) July 1, 2014
I tried to follow Tim Howard on Twitter but I got blocked… — (@ImShmacked) July 1, 2014
Tim Howard is really who saved Private Ryan. — Sho Baraka (@AmIshoBaraka) July 1, 2014
Tim Howard could’ve saved my parents’ marriage.
— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) July 1, 2014