Howard helped his side overcome a determined Algeria to push through to the knockout stage of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and believes that the excitement of clinching a win in the dying moments is what American sports fans thrive on.
"We were saying this, and not in a bad way, but this is going to capture more people's attention than if we had won 3-0 and if it were easy. I think that emotion and passion is what American sports fans thrive on, so I think it's special," he said.
Howard added that the US players came shining through mainly because of their fighting spirit which he believes should be embraced.
"We always talk about our perseverance and resilience and I think that was the other side of it today. Fighting, scrapping-there's something to be said for it and I think it's part of our foundation as a team, and we shouldn't shy away from it," he added.