July 1, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

Belgium may have won its match against the United States when the two countries locked horns in the World Cup Tuesday, but American goalie Tim Howard won our hearts.

The 35-year-old goalkeeper made a heroic 16 saves against Belgium, keeping the U.S. national team alive into extra time. On social media, U.S. fans called for everything from a Tim Howard presidency to the creation of a new award for Goalie Laureate of the United States.

After several heartbreaking chances, the U.S. team lost 2-1 to Belgium, eliminating the U.S. from the World Cup. Belgium will face off against Argentina in the next round of the tournament.

 

More Must-Read Stories From TIME

Contact us at letters@time.com.

You May Also Like
EDIT POST