The Round of 16 clash between Belgium and USA was expected to be a fierce one, but Belgium were still considered to be the stronger team. No one saw what happened next as Howard, who basically carried the US team, saving 16 goals in a brilliant display of football.
I mean just look at the guy go. SAVE.
He's freaking unstoppable.
But even though Howard went home with a loss in his pocket, the Internet took notice, and so the Howard memes emerged.
BREAKING: Tim Howard just moved up on the all time saves list! pic.twitter.com/dT1suyG5zh
— Mitch Purgason (@MitchChotchskie) July 1, 2014
I tried to follow Tim Howard on Twitter but I got blocked...
— (@ImShmacked) July 1, 2014
— Abercrombie & Fitch (@Abercrombie) July 1, 2014
Tim Howard saves pic.twitter.com/lQYEhD4bsO
— Darth Vader (@DepressedDarth) July 2, 2014
Tim Howard making these saves like pic.twitter.com/GxD931i5iS
— Sean Tuohy Jr. (@SJTuohy) July 1, 2014
— General Boles (@GeneralBoles) July 1, 2014
Tim Howard's yearbook quote! pic.twitter.com/PQhLCiRAHu
— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) July 2, 2014
Without Tim Howard: Belgium 24 USA 0
— trey wingo (@wingoz) July 1, 2014
— Annie Colbert (@anniecolbert) July 1, 2014
Say what you want, but the US team is the best in the world at letting people shoot the ball at Tim Howard.
— Alastair Coote (@_alastair) July 1, 2014
Actual photo of Tim Howard pic.twitter.com/86AkdDhOOT
— Bro Confessions™ (@BroConfessional) July 1, 2014
Tim Howard has just signed a sponsorship deal with Trojan #nothinggetsthrough
— Life Humor (@BestProHumor) July 1, 2014
Tim Howard has more blocks than the Lego Movie.
— Rob Fee (@robfee) July 1, 2014
Even though the US didn't win, at least the game gave Howard some serious cred in certain circles. I mean the US Secretary of Defence is a sweet gig.
Best wiki update of the Cup so far, or ever: pic.twitter.com/GehIqfFtc1
— Danielle Elliot (@daniellelliot) July 2, 2014
This one sums it up quite well.
EXCLUSIVE: Tim Howard right now. http://t.co/jgYZjgNoSF
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) July 1, 2014