Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Calls Tim Howard to Say Thanks for Defending the U.S.

The (real) secretary of defense called U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard to congratulate him on his heroic performance during Tuesday's World Cup match against Belgium. 

Howard's record-breaking 16 saves during the 2-1 loss drew plenty of social media attention, sparking dozens of memes -- including some Photoshopping Howard's face onto the real body of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. 

A real fan even edited the "U.S. Secretary of Defense" page on Wikipedia with Howard's picture and information.

After all the attention Howard received, Hagel – holding a soccer ball – called Howard to thank him for defending the U.S. Of course, there is evidence of the call on Twitter.

 President Barack Obama also gave Howard a call Wednesday.

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