USA Men's Soccer Goalie Tim Howard Was the Secretary of Defense for a Brief Moment in History (Photo)

USA Men's Soccer Goalie Tim Howard Was the Secretary of Defense for a Brief Moment in History (Photo)

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Tim Howard, the goalie for the United States’ men's World Cup team, made so many saves against Belgium on Tuesday that somebody went ahead and named him the U.S. Secretary of Defense — on Wikipedia.

The edit that ousted actual Secretary of Defense incumbent Chuck Hagel was noticed, captured and immortalized on the internet by a Twitter user before being quickly corrected by the free encyclopedia.

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The nod to Howard's defensive skills proved just how grateful the U.S. is to the soccer player, who regularly plays for English club Everton, and why teachers tell their students to go to the library instead of Wikipedia.

Howard saved 16 goals before the U.S. lost to Belgium 2-1 in the Round of 16. His performance goes down in history as the most saves by a World Cup goalkeeper since 1966.

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While his performance likely won't lead to an actual presidential appointment to oversee the Department of Defense, only 95,864 more signatures are needed on a Change.org petition to get the White House to consider changing the name of Washington DC's Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to “Tim Howard National Airport.”

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In case you need a reminder of just how spectacular Howard was during the game, here's a compilation of his 16 saves: