WASHINGTON, July 2, 2014 —
Not long after U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard turned in a World Cup record 16-save performance yesterday during a thrilling 2-1 soccer game the American team lost to Belgium in the Round of 16, one fan was impressed enough to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s picture on the “Secretary of Defense of the United States of America” Wikipedia page with a shot of Howard in action.
Today, Hagel called Howard to thank him for defending the United States at the World Cup, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
“Secretary Hagel congratulated Howard on his record-breaking game and a great run in Brazil,” Kirby said in a statement. “He invited Howard and the entire team to come to the Pentagon later this year. He told Howard that with some training, he could someday become the real secretary of defense.”