The USA already stamped their ticket to the World Cup with a 3-2 win against Honduras at the San Pedro Sula. Next up was to play with heavy hearts against Costa Rica, who were in prime position to qualify with Honduras losing.
I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the tragic fatal car accident that claimed the life of a 22-year-old female passenger named Ashley J. Roberta, and seriously injured promising US Men’s Soccer forward Charlie Davies. The 23-year-old suffered a broken tibia and femur in his right leg, fractures in his left elbow and his face. He will face extensive rehab and may not play in next year’s World Cup. That is horrible news to hear and obviously everyone’s condolences are with all involved in this crash, especially Ashley Roberta’s grieving friends and family.
At RFK Stadium the USMNT fans and players honored Davies by flashing signs with his jersey number 9 on it.
Just when Costa Rica was in a position to qualify automatically for the World Cup with a shock 2-0 lead at halftime, the US once again showed fightback when behind. With a 2-1 hole and no Oguchi Onyewu because of a serious knee injury (reportedly a torn tendon), the Americans had one last chance to keep their unbeaten home record in qualifying intact and knock Costa Rica out of automatic qualification.
This goal is for Charlie:
What a night. Get well, Charlie Davies.
Next November there will be a World Cup breakdown once all 32 teams qualify so look out for plenty of soccer posts next month.