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American Hails Tim Howard's World Cup Heroics
Tim Howard's World Cup heroics have seen him put forward as a mock presidential candidate, called the new US defence secretary and depicted as a dinosaur-saving superhero.
Now, US soccer fans are calling for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to be renamed in honour of his record-breaking achievements against Belgium in Team USA's last-16 match.
The 35-year-old Everton player made the most-ever saves in a World Cup match, stopping 16 shots at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.
He was named man of the match for the second time this tournament, despite his side going down 2-1 to two extra-time goals.
His performance prompted one person to set up a petition on the White House website demanding the airport name change.
"Howard has shown himself to be a national treasure," the petition reads.
"We politely request that we rename the airport to recognise his accomplishments and meritorious service to the United States of America."
More than 4,000 people have already signed the petition, which needs to reach 100,000 signatures to earn a reply from officials.
Howard's one-man show received plenty of praise on Twitter, even earning the respect of Belgian captain Vincent Kompany.
After the match, the Manchester City star tweeted: "Two words ... Tim Howard."
US Vice President Joe Biden wrote: "Proud that our guys, just like our country, never gave up. Tim Howard - most valuable player in the World Cup."
Another tweet featured a picture of the goalkeeper with the words: "Tim Howard for President 2016."
"#Howard2016, #Howard2020, #Howard2024, #Howard2028, #Howard2032," the caption read.
Meanwhile, hundreds of fans posted pictures of Howard intervening in unlikely situations, with the hashtag #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave one of the most-used of the past day.
Memes showed him leaping into action to divert the meteorite that is thought to have killed off the dinosaurs, as well as keeping the Titanic afloat and saving a stranded Bambi.
The hilarity even spread to Wikipedia, where the entry for US defence secretary was altered to list Howard as the incumbent.
Belgium's late win set up a quarter final clash with Argentina on Saturday.
The winners of that match will play either the Netherlands or Costa Rica for a coveted place in the final.