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Obama praises US men's soccer team in phone calls

03 July 2014, 09:26

Washington - President Barack Obama commended the U.S. men's soccer team Wednesday for making their country proud in the World Cup tournament in Brazil, during an Oval Office phone call with two of the team's most celebrated players.

Obama called goalkeeper Tim Howard and team captain Clint Dempsey the day after the U.S. team came tantalizingly close to victory before being knocked out of the competition by Belgium. Praising Howard and Dempsey for their leadership and the team's performance, Obama said this year was the first time the U.S. team had the entire nation truly focused on the contest.

"You guys did us proud," Obama said in a video released by the White House. "To see the way you guys captured the hearts and the imaginations of the whole country is unbelievable."

He joked that Howard, whose 16 saves captivated soccer fans worldwide, will have to shave his beard before returning to the U.S. to evade the mobs enthralled by his performance. He invited the team to return to the White House soon and asked Howard and Dempsey to convey his congratulations to their coach and teammates.

"I know it's disappointing," Obama said of the 2-1 loss Tuesday. "But what you guys accomplished is really, really significant."

Obama has been following the World Cup closely. He watched last week's U.S.-Germany match from Air Force One and chanted "I believe!" while watching the Belgium match with White House aides.

Accolades for Howard have been pouring in from the highest level of government, including from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, whose Wikipedia entry was temporarily changed as a joke to show Howard as the new Pentagon chief. Rear Adm. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said Hagel invited the entire U.S. team to visit the Pentagon.

"He told Howard that with some training, he could someday become the real secretary of defense," Kirby said.

- AP


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