You’ve heard and seen it all by now: Tim Howard is the greatest thing since sliced bread. And no, that’s not a sarcastic statement. The man put on the greatest performance in the history of American sports with 16 saves in Team USA’s 2-1 loss to Belgium in the World Cup. Apparently not everyone thought Howard was that good naturally as he was “randomly” drug tested after the game.
As you’ll hear in the video above, Howard inadvertently mentioned the drug test when talking about the USMNT’s locker room mood following the loss. He may or may not have thought it was a big deal, but it’s certainly headline-worthy as it’s absurd to think he had some sort of medical help to completely his historic accomplishment.
Howard has been exceptional for the USA for quite some time, but especially during this World Cup. He had an astronomical number of saves against Belgium, so naturally that performance will get more attention than the others, but they are no less important or impressive.
For the most part, the U.S. attack does not compare with that of the elite World Cup teams. Sure, the Stars and Stripes have their moments on offense but for the most part, Howard is the reason why they advanced as far as they did in this World Cup against teams that consistently outshot them.
This is almost as bad as Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee getting “randomly” drug tested after his big hit on Denver Broncos punt returner Trindon Holliday in October of 2013. If the organizations want to drug test to ensure no foul play, we guess we can’t argue with that, but at least take off the “random” tag if that’s going to remain the case. Howard’s performance deserves more respect than that.