However, Howard's record 15 saves and the team's performance earned the players plenty of plaudits, as well as huge interest from the States, despite football being one of the lesser-followed sports in the country.
During the phone call to the pair, Obama said: "Clint, Tim. Man I just wanted to call to say you did us proud. You guys did great. There's someone here who's first sport was soccer although I was never that good.
"To see the way you guys captured the hearts and imaginations of the whole country is unbelievable and obviously the way the sport has been growing steadily because kids have been playing it at a young age, but this is the first time you have had an entire country focused.
"Clint you were fantastic and Tim I don't know how you are going to survive the mobs when you come back home. You are going to have to shave your beard so they don't know who you are."
The USA scored five goals and conceded as many during their campaign in Brazil.