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Tragedy And Turmoil In DC, Turned Into Joy At The End


A couple of days ago we heard about the tragic one car accident involving Charlie Davies and his two friends, sadly one of them died. You think to yourself how could these men go out on the field and try to play a match that honestly didn’t mean anything, since they already qualified in Honduras for the World Cup. You have to admit from a tragedy that happened to one of their own and thankfully it sounds like Davies can recover from this, so could his teammates.

But for this team that has been up and down every single match from the Confederations Cup, the Gold Cup & these past ten matches in World Cup Qualifying , they were able to stand tall within the final minutes of this match in our Nation’s Capital and pullout a big goal and a big point to win the Hexagonal. At the same time they send Costa Rica into a playoff with fifth place South American Finisher Uruguay. The first goal for Costa Rica in the 21st Minute by Bryan Ruiz who got around Oguchi Onyewu and just slipped it past Tim Howard for the early lead and of course three minutes later a big rip into the far upper ninety. Many probably thought at halftime as did I that Costa Rica’s tickets to South Africa were already punched.

But the second half started and you saw the USA start making some progress and string together some attacking runs. Solid substitutions as well by Bob Bradley & when his son got a hold of a rebound shot by Landon Donovan in the 72nd minute on a hard chip you could feel the fear coming from the Ticos.  But during the 85th minute two things happened that had you concerned & you didn’t know why there was an ejection. While Oguchi Onyewu was trying to defend a cross in the air, he was landing and his left leg somehow buckled. He fell down in pain with a Left Patella Tendon injury that will sideline him for three to four months. From that point on the USA was down to ten men due to injury.

Costa Rica Head Coach Rene Simoes was arguing with the fourth official Paul Enrique Delgadillo Haro about his substitution. Simoes argued that Delgadillo Haro posted the wrong number for the player to come off the pitch, but Delgadillo showed the substitutions card that it was the correct man. Simoes and his assistant continued to argue and Benito Archundia had enough of it. So both men were told to leave. Both men ejected for their continued berating of the fourth official and they won’t be available for the first leg in the playoff against Uruguay.

Five minutes of stoppage time and it was running out for the USA to make something magical happen. A late corner taken by Robbie Rogers and out of nowhere Jonathan Bornstein with a wide open header broke the hearts of the Ticos for automatic qualification. All of RFK was celebrating this draw as was the entire country of Honduras.

This Honduras fan was carrying our flag for appreciation of defeating Costa Rica after his National Team defeated El Salvador one goal to nil. There was a big party down in Tegucigalpa on Francisco Morazan Boulevard as they were thanking the USA to help them get to their first World Cup since 1982.

Finally I saw what all of you saw, it was the 9th Minute memory for Charlie Davies as every fan in the lower bowl raised a printed sheet of his #9  hopes that he has a speedy recovery.  There is never a dull moment on the pitch for our American players and let’s hope on Friday, December 4th the group draw will favor them for the first time.

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  1. Daniel Feuerstein

    October 15, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    To Robert & Jason. It was Robbie Rogers who took the corner. All three of us were wrong. When I saw the close up shot of Donovan, I thought he took the corner. The camera angle wasn’t good and getting the post match e-mail from US Soccer it said Rogers took the corner for the assist.

  2. post-game burritos

    October 15, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Goddamn you are a horrible writer. Totally unreadable. Just go back and read it. Every sentence is fucked up in some way. Every freaking line.

    I wonder how much damage amateur fan reports like this do to the sport. It certainly can’t be helping.

  3. Robert

    October 15, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Torres took the corner.

  4. Lowell

    October 15, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I believe the USA had EVERYTHING to play for in this game and it wasnt a “throw-away.”

    Our players are on teams half a world away and every opportunity they get to play as a unit has to be capitalized upon. This isnt Europe where England National players all play within a 3 or 4 hour time span. This is the USA, where our better players are half a world away and in many cases riding the pine for their club (e.g., Onyewu.)

    Bradley could have used this game to “tinker” his line up, but it wasnt a “let the fat kid play” type of game. Why not be consistent? Why not play for a big margin of victory? Why not put the “A-team” out there and tell them to keep scoring? Send a message to the world that our game against Spain wasnt a fluke, that we are coming to SA with cruel intentions, and that we can find the net (not just from set pieces.)

    Perhaps its the college football fan in me that wants the big headlines and big scores. A draw was enough, but a front page headline; “USA Pounds Costa Rica for 6” would have been my preference. Future opposition in Europe would have taken noticed. It might not have meant much to them, but is certainly would have been better than a “kiss your sister” draw.

  5. Jason

    October 15, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Torres took the winning corner. Not LD.

  6. Joe in Indianapolis

    October 15, 2009 at 9:36 am

    If Casey wouldn’t have biffed the shot so bad, we would have had a goal RIGHT AT the moment of silence. Would have been a weird sound for sure.

  7. daniel

    October 15, 2009 at 4:27 am

    I wish DAVIES a speedy recovery and hope that he well return to full strength.

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