Petition seeks to rename Ronald Reagan airport after Tim Howard

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Tim Howard fans want to rename Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., after the U.S. men's soccer team goalie.

An official White House petition started Tuesday calls for renaming the airport just outside Washington as "Tim Howard National Airport."

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"Whereas Tim Howard has shown himself to be a national treasure, Minister of Defense, Friend of Joe Biden, and the holder for the record of most saves in a World Cup match; Therefore, we politely request that we rename the airport to recognize his accomplishments, and meritorious service to the United States of America," the petition states.

The Joe Biden reference appears to be to this tweet from the vice president:   

Howard held back an onslaught of Belgian shots for the entirety of regulation before two finally got by in extra time, as Belgium beat the U.S. 2-1. Howard's 16 saves were the most by a goalie in a World Cup game since records began in 1966.

But it might be difficult to win a battle with supporters of Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, who led the country to the end of the Cold War and is one of the most popular presidents of the 20th century.

The petition, at 2,235 signatures Wednesday morning, needs 100,000 by July 31 to receive a White House response. It is not clear that the White House even has the power to rename the airport, though, given that an act of Congress put Reagan's name on in 1998. 

If he cannot have his name on an airport, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) has another idea for Howard's future: