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Saluting Tim Howard's legendary 2014 World Cup performance ahead of his final MLS season

Longtime U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard will call it a career after this MLS season, announcing Tuesday that he will retire after playing the 2019 season with the Colorado Rapids.

Howard is arguably the greatest goalkeeper in USMNT history. He rebounded from a tough stint with Manchester United to become a mainstay at goal for Everton in the Premier League. He has the most wins and appearances in USMNT history.

He also put together one of the more remarkable performances for any U.S. sport: The 2014 World Cup Round of 16 match against Belgium.

Howard turned what would have been an embarrassing blowout loss into an extra-time match that the U.S. had a chance to steal in regulation. It was Howard’s showing against the ultra-talented Belgium side that earned him the nickname “Secretary of Defense” en route to a record, 16-save effort. Belgium captain Vincent Kompany even offered respect for Howard’s game.

It was simply a breathtaking performance.

And, of course, we can’t forget about the tweets.

Was Howard perfect? No, not at all. He had his flaws and inconsistent matches. He put together one of his worst efforts in the World Cup qualifying failure against Trinidad, but Howard’s contributions to U.S. soccer outweigh his missteps.

Everything about Howard on that night in Brazil, though, was remarkable, and he’ll deservedly be remembered for that performance.

Tim Howard will retire after this season.

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