U.S. goalie Tim Howard was randomly drug-tested immediately after Tuesday’s match against Belgium during which he set a World Cup record by making an amazing 16 saves. Howard wasn’t able to join his teammates in the locker room immediately after the 2-1 defeat because FIFA selected him to take the test. ‘I got dragged into drug testing, again, randomly,’ Howard told ESPN Radio when asked about the somber mood after the match. ‘So I didn’t hear all of [the reactions].’ Two players from both teams are randomly drug-tested after each World Cup match, per FIFA regulations. But some fans might wonder just how random Howard’s selection could be – especially after the goalkeeper’s impressive game.
For his efforts in turning back the Belgians’ numerous attempts on goal, Howard was briefly named the U.S. secretary of defense on Wikipedia. Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel called Howard on Wednesday to offer his congratulations and even acknowledge the joke. In praise of Howard, The Pentagon released a statement: ‘Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard to thank him for defending the United States of America at the World Cup. ‘Secretary Hagel congratulated Howard on his record-breaking game and a great run in Brazil. He invited Howard and the entire team to come to the Pentagon later this year. He told Howard that with some training, he could someday become the real secretary of defense.’