Tim Howard receives global recognition

Amy Lopez
Dirty Tackle
US goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save during extra-time in the Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA at The Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador on July 1, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup (AFP Photo/Adrian Dennis)

US goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save during extra-time in the Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA at The Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador on July 1, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup

US goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save during extra-time in the Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA at The Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador on July 1, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup (AFP Photo/Adrian Dennis)

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Tim Howard’s performance against the Belgium side influenced memes and tweets alike. But aside from the joking and the sadness of being eliminated (that was hidden underneath the joking), was universal recognition of the talent that Howard possesses.

[Photos: Tim Howard's amazing game]

The 35-year-old keeper made an impressive 16 saves during the game – the most from any keeper in World Cup history. His singularity quickly became apparent as ball after ball got past the other ten American players and Belgium was finally able to put one in the back of the net at the third minute of extra time.

As many teams who have said goodbye to the tournament, Tim Howard and the American side might have lost the game, but he himself gained a new level of respect and it was seen all over social media, both domestically as well as internationally.

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