“I mostly felt sadness and anger. Some numbness.” These are not the first words you might think would fall to a player’s lips when discussing the best game of his life. But this is precisely what USA goalkeeper Tim Howard told FIFA.com about the day he made 16 saves against Belgium in the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. If he were a striker, his most memorable day at the office may not have ended in a 1-2 loss, and elimination from the world finals. But the life of a goalkeeper can be tragic. Sometimes the best game imaginable simply is not enough to swing the balance. In a performance that made him a bona fide hero back home, nearly broke the internet, and kept his side in a game in which, in all honesty, they were dramatically outplayed, Howard ended up cruelly on the losing side.
But no one who saw him that warm day in Salvador, diving and sprawling, making saves with his feet, his face and his hands, is likely to forget it any time soon. And while it remains a bittersweet memory for the colourful shot-stopper, he made history that day. His 16 saves over the course of 120 minutes of football is a record that will live long in the memory, and the history and lore of the World Cup finals. #worldcup #worldcup2014 #timhoward #howard #timhowardmvp #origi #gonzalez #goalkeeper #salvador #usa #belgium #brazil #usavsbelgium #belgiumvsusa #save #record #history #round16