Obama calls Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey

Obama calls Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey

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Clint Dempsey of the United States celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.

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by David Jackson, USA TODAY

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Posted on July 3, 2014 at 6:46 AM

The White House has posted video of President Obama's phone call to United States World Cup soccer stars Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey.

"You guys did us proud," Obama told the players who led the team to the Round of 16 in the World Cup tournament, and boosted the popularity of soccer in the United States.

In a readout of the call, the White House said Obama praised the players "not only for their work on the field, but for carrying themselves in a way that made the country proud."

Howard, the goalie whose performance had fans nominating him for secretary of defense, also received a call from the real Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel.

Related: Tim Howard briefly named Secretary of Defense on Wikipedia

Hagel invited Howard to visit the Pentagon.

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