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Tim Howard Named Secretary Of Defense On Wikipedia

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US goalkeeper Tim Howard reacts after the Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA at Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 1. (MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images) | MARTIN BUREAU via Getty Images

Tim Howard’s stellar performance for the U.S. men’s soccer team Tuesday gained the goalkeeper a bit more than just recognition.

For his efforts in turning back the Belgians’ numerous attempts on goal, Howard was briefly named the U.S. secretary of defense on Wikipedia.

Howard made 16 saves against the Belgian team, which ultimately won the game 2-1. The goalkeeper now has the most saves in any World Cup match on record.

According to The Verge, the Wikipedia page was quickly re-edited with the correct secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, although the publication does note that Hagel blocked exactly zero goals for the U.S. during Tuesday's game.

The entry may have been temporary, but a new White House petition has started an effort to rename the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to the “Tim Howard National Airport,” according to CBS Sports.

Despite the team's heartbreaking loss, Howard told ESPN just after the game, “I will never forget this night.”

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