Tim Howard fever has well and truly taken over the USA’s post-World Cup reaction. The keeper has become so popular that some fans started an official White House petition to rename Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after Howard.
Despite the USA’s dramatic 2-1 extra-time defeat to Belgium on Tuesday, Premier League goalie Howard came out smelling of roses with a heroic effort in between the sticks.
The fans started the petition on a section of the White House website calling for the renaming of the Ronald Reagan Airport.
“We politely request that we rename the airport to recognize his accomplishments, and meritorious service to the United States of America,” the petition read.
Any member of the public can start a petition on the “We the People” site, launched by the White House to give the people a voice. If the petition gets enough support — usually 100,000 signatures — then the White House staff will review it and issue an official response.
The man from New Jersey with an impressive beard managed a record-breaking 16 saves — the most in a World Cup match since 1966 — even inspiring a social media meme with the hashtag #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave…
— Elliot Wagland (@elliotwagland)July 2, 2014
— mads (@_madisonwalsh)July 2, 2014
Tim Howard could’ve saved my parents’ marriage.— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) July 1, 2014
…and a change in the Wikipedia page for the U.S. Secretary of Defense:
Someone changed the US Secretary of Defence on Wikipedia to Tim Howard. Fantastic. pic.twitter.com/haPrHWPLjx— Cam (@_camwba)July 1, 2014
Following their exit, an emotional Howard shared words of encouragement for the national team going forward.
“The dream fell short, but this is an incredible group, and we’ll never forget this night,” he said.
(H/T Chicago Tribune)