“I just wanted to call and say you guys did us proud,” Obama told the players. "To see the way you guys captured the hearts and imaginations of the whole country is unbelievable.”
"Clint, you were fantastic. And Tim, I don't how you're gonna survive the mobs when you come back home, man," he joked. "You're gonna have to shave your beard so they don't know who you are."
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel also gave Howard a ring Wednesday to thank him for "defending USA." The Wikipedia page for secretory of defense had been briefly edited to give Hagel's title to Howard after his impressive 16-save performance Tuesday against Belgium. The U.S. ultimately lost the match 2-1.
From 1 SecDef to another: Hagel calls @timhowardgk to say thanks for defending USA. We (USA) are proud of @ussoccer! pic.twitter.com/M8nsYdlXFn
— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) July 2, 2014