Tim Howard broke a World Cup record after making a remarkable 16 saves during USA's last 16 clash with Belgium, according to the Daily Mail.
The goalkeeper looked like he was going to become a national hero after constantly keeping the Belgians out with some magnificent stops. But having forced the match into extra-time, Howard couldn't keep Belgium at bay any longer as they scored twice in the additional 30 minutes to win 2-1.
Despite the disappointment of his side being knocked out of the World Cup, the 35-year old must be able to talk some pride from his own individual performance. His 16 saves set a new World Cup record, since such statistics were recorded in 1966, beating Peru's Ramon Quiroga tally of 13 during their clash with Holland in 1978.
Belgium pummelled their opponents goal with 39 shots, 18 of which were on target. Howard dealt with all but two of those with extra-time efforts from Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku the only shots evading him.
Howard used all parts of his body denying striker Divock Origi three times, Eden Hazard twice as well as a brilliant one-on-one save from Everton team-mate Kevin Mirallas.
USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann paid tribute to his goalkeeper after the match and hailed his remarkable performance.
"What Tim played tonight was just phenomenal, outstanding - he kept us in that game for a long time. We are proud to have him with us.
"It was an absolutely amazing match tonight and you can give him the biggest compliment in the world."
Howard certainly didn't deserve to be on the losing side and his unbelievable saves were recognised by the opposition captain, Vincent Komany
"Two words: TIM HOWARD. Respect," he tweeted.
At the age of 35, Howard showed that he still has plenty more years left and Everton fans will be happy that the American will be heading into this season's Premier League on the back of a record breaking performance.
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