Obama Congratulates Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey on 'Captivating' World Cup

The U.S. Men's National Team pose before a Group G football match between USA and Portugal at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 22, 2014.

It seemed like the entire nation was proud of Team USA's World Cup performance, and so was President Obama.
On Wednesday, Obama called the U.S. Men's National Team's (USMNT) captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard to congratulate them on a job well done.

According to a statement released by the White House Press Secretary, Obama congratulated the two USMNT veterans for their performance, but also for "carrying themselves in a way that made the country proud" off the pitch. Obama further noted how that the whole team's performance was "captivating" and finished the call by asking both men to relay his thanks and appreciation to head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

The U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel also called Howard on Wednesday to similarly thank him for his extraordinary defense of Team USA's goal in Tuesday's match against Belgium. Throughout the match, gifs and memes were created of Howard — some calling him the "real" U.S. Department of Defense.

Obama watched the USA-Belgium match on Tuesday with his White House Staff. Belgium ultimately bested the U.S., eliminating Team USA from the World Cup.
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