Following his historical effort in the USA’s 2-1 loss to Belgium in the World Cup Round of 16, Tim Howard is receiving all kinds of recognition from his countrymen, who are expressing their love for soccer more than ever before. Shortly after Howard recorded 16 saves in the extra-time defeat, a White House petition appeared to change the name of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in honor of Howard.
CBS Local in Washington reported the petition, which needs 100,000 signatures by the end of July to actually be considered by the White House. As of Wednesday morning, it had broken 3,000, so it has a long way to go, but the message has been sent: the United States are becoming a soccer-loving nation, at least every four years.
Howard’s incredible performance is arguably the greatest by a player in Team USA history in any international sport. Had Howard not been as sensational as he was on Tuesday, the U.S. likely would have lost by a relatively large margin considering how many shots were taken by Belgium (38) and how many of those were on goal (27) compared to only 14 (nine on goal) taken by the Stars and Stripes. He is to be commended for his performance by all, even if he doesn’t get his name on an airport in our nation’s capital.