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Inside USA Goalie Tim Howard's Academy for Teens with Tourette's

World Cup Star Tim Howard Helps Teens Who Have Tourette Syndrome – Just Like Him

Originally posted 08/06/2014 05:00PM

When soccer star Tim Howard agreed to partner with New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome six months ago, he didn't know that he would capture the attention of the nation with 16 saves at the World Cup, thrusting the disorder into the spotlight and inspiring his very own internet meme, #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave. But he couldn't be happier.

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President Obama Congratulates Team USA Soccer Stars: 'You Guys Did Us Proud'

'You Guys Did Us Proud': See President Obama Congratulate Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey

Originally posted 07/03/2014 11:15AM

U.S.A. Soccer goalie Tim Howard might not be the Secretary of Defense any longer, but the World Cup hero still got to experience the thrill of a cabinet meeting Wednesday when he received a congratulatory call from President Barack Obama.

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How Tim Howard Became the Internet's Favorite Goalie

UpdatePosted 07/02/2014 12:50PM

How Tim Howard Became the Internet's Favorite Goalie

Originally posted 07/02/2014 12:05PM

If you're just looking at the scores, the United States' World Cup journey was a slow slide of disappointment: a win, then a draw, then a 1-0 loss, then finally a 2-1 loss to Belgium that knocked them out of the tournament in the Round of 16.

But that view doesn't quite tell the full story of the Americans' run through the World Cup, as an underdog team emerged from the Group of Death and hordes of passionate fans put lie to the old saying that the U.S. doesn't care about soccer. Even in defeat the American side earned the respect of soccer fans the world over, scoring a late goal in extra time and finding a national hero in goalie Tim Howard, whose valiant defense kept competitive what should have been a rout.

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