Everton man Howard was in inspirational form throughout the tournament for the unfavoured USA, helping them traverse arguably the group of death (Ghana, Germany, Portugal), while he also broke the record for the number of saves in a single match, with the 35-year-old saving a stunning 15 shots in the 2-1 second round defeat to Belgium.
Ochoa, meanwhile, also had an exceptional tournament, with his showing against Brazil in the group stage the real highlight; stopping the Selecao (who had a rampant Neymar in their ranks) almost single-handedly, the 28-year-old played a huge part in securing a crucial 0-0 draw with the hosts.
Twitter exploded upon the release of the list, with football fans everywhere stunned that FIFA could leave out both keepers from the final three. Germany’s Manuel Neuer, Argentina’s Sergio Romero, and Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas made the cut, with fans questioning Romero’s appearance, despite his semi-final heroics in the shootout win against the Netherlands.
Tim Howard left off golden gloves shortlist is absolute garbage
— D.K. (@ItsDkDoe) July 11, 2014
I understand Neur.. But Romero? I was expecting Ochoa or Howard for the golden gloves but alright.. — j. (@_Jvckiee) July 11, 2014
The fact that Tim Howard isn’t a World Cup Golden Gloves finalist is ridiculous…
— Caroline Boyd (@caro___18) July 12, 2014
— Kristinaaa (@callmeclutchhh) July 12, 2014
— #FreeOurSisters (@van_Henrie) July 12, 2014
What do you think? Should Howard have made the final three? Should Ochoa?