The FIFA World Cup is entering the quarterfinals of competition and CONCACAF region goalkeepers are making noise throughout the world. Guillermo Ochoa of Mexico and Tim Howard of the United States may have been eliminated from the competition but they are leaving Brazil 2014 with high honor. Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas continues in the competition.
Ochoa has won recognition from several dailies around the world. Readers of the English daily Mirror have elected Ochoa as the best goalkeeper of the world cup so far. He is considered the best keeper due to his actions against Brazil and The Netherlands despite being eliminated from the competition.
The French daily L’Equipe has also praised Ochoa. The former AC Ajaccio goalkeeper of France’s Ligue 1 is considered the biggest surprise of the world cup. The French publication also mentions Ochoa’s stand out performance against Brazil and The Netherlands.
Howard on the other hand has beaten a record that has been in place since 1978. The Everton FC keeper made 16 saves, passing the mark set by Ramon Quiroga of Peru during the Argentina 1978 tournament. Quiroga made 13 saves against The Netherlands in that game.
The New Jersey native made 16 saves in the quarterfinal game against Belgium. Despite the 2-1 loss in overtime, Howard leaves a new record in place.
Howard and Ochoa are the two goalkeepers to earn player of the match during the Round of 16 despite being eliminated.
Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas has also shown a great performance taking the Ticos to the quarterfinals. Navas was crucial in stopping Theofanis Gekas’ penalty shot during the shoot-out. The Levante UD goalkeeper has only allowed two goals in regular play during the four games his team has participated in.
Howard returns to Everton FC to continue his career. Ochoa is looking for a team since Ajaccio was relegated at the end of the Ligue 1 season. Navas’ name has been linked to teams like Liverpool FC and Arsenal.