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Matchday: USA-Costa Rica

Greetings from cold, gray RFK.

First, a quick update on Charlie Davies: His condition has not changed. Coach Bob Bradley visited him this morning. Davies was responsive. The USSF says he was in the backseat of the vehicle and wearing a seatbelt.

After 16 months, CONCACAF's World Cup qualifying draws to a close tonight with three matches being played simultaneously in Washington, San Salvador and Port of Spain at 8 p.m. ET. You know the situation: A Honduras win and Costa Rica tie or loss sends the Catrachos to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years. The USA is aiming to finish atop the group and undefeated at home in nine matches.

USA-Honduras TV: ESPN2, Galavision.
Announcers: Adrian Healey and John Harkes.
Tickets: Over 25,000 sold/distributed as of 4 p.m.
Weather: Temperature dipping into the 40s, rainpossible.

Elsewhere in qualifying, Switzerland and Slovakia have clinched automatic berths in Europe. The final South American bid will be determined this evening.

Euro playoff teams: Portugal, Greece, Russia, France are seeded. Slovenia, Bosnia, Ukraine and Ireland are not. The draw is Monday.

Back later with USA lineup and subs.....
USA: Howard; Cherundolo, Onyewu, Bocanegra, Bornstein; Holden, Feilhaber, Bradley, Donovan; Altidore, Casey. Subs: Guzan, Conrad, Torres, Rogers, Cooper, Spector, Clark (Goodson, Hejduk, Ching not in uniform).

Your pregame, in-game and postgame contributions are warmly welcome.

By Steve Goff  |  October 14, 2009; 5:11 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Let's go boys! Do it for Charlie! Finish this campaign on a high note!

Posted by: alan19 | October 14, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Sweatshirts and jackets 'warmly welcomed' as well! It's frickin freezing out there...!

9!

Posted by: JkR- | October 14, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Beat Mexico!

Posted by: Curious99 | October 14, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The reality is that the Ticos will be more motivated, playing with greater urgency. Maybe the USA can use that to their advantage and capitalize on over-aggressive plays. Sloppy conditions will probably cut down on counter-attacks, but they might cause a few crucial slips.

Posted by: fischy | October 14, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Bring your old leather 8-ball jackets, and alter it to look like a 9.

Nice and 62 down south...and warmer by my fireplace.

It's going to be a "weird" game tonight -- the US has nothing to gain except respect/redemption/practice, and might be motivated (or unmotivated) by CD's accident, but CR has to feel they need to win.

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

It hasn't poured down here in Southeast today - but there's been drizzle all afternoon. Pitch will be slick, so there could be goals. I'm going for 2-2, we'll see.

Come on US!

Posted by: Kev29 | October 14, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

FYI, the important CONMEBOL matches begin at 6 EST.

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Dusting off my 8 ball jacket, RK ;-)

I think our guys would absolutely love to win tonight. Win the group, finish things off right and dedicate it to Charlie! Whether they'll be able to is another story.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 14, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Tevez and Palermo start the match of the year on the bench (if Soccernet is correct)

Posted by: Kev29 | October 14, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I think you meant "US-Costa Rica TV"

Posted by: amgrover | October 14, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

By the way -- I have an extra ticket (gf can't come). I'll be outside the main gate about 7:50.

Posted by: fischy | October 14, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

As Goff reported earlier today:

"If you're going to RFK tonight, fans are organizing a tribute to Charlie. Print this out (http://freepdfhosting.com/f56b2e968d.pdf) and hold it up during the ninth minute of the match (8:00-8:59)."

Let's make the 'Charlie Cheer' a loud one! (and if you're the praying sort, please think of the family of the young women who died and the other passenger whose condition we don't know)

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | October 14, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Free online viewing: a channel called "Sports" (subheading: Bofcast Sports) on veetle.com. Currently showing ESPN2; hoping it will still be on air at 8 pm.

Posted by: shmoozer | October 14, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Still at work. supposed to be at rfk at 6. hope still make it. I printed out a bunch of #9 but can't bring them on time. Hope will call still stays open even at half time if i make it.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | October 14, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone having problems with their TV feeds? ESPN2 and Comcast are both blacked out. All other channels come in. Comcast is horrible.

Posted by: yeegore | October 14, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

5 minutes left, but at this point, Ecuador is out, Uruguay is in the playoff, and Argentina is somehow qualified.

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

TV feed fine here in Raleigh.

But somehow there are still throwball lines in the field. Seriously...that game was like 10 months ago! WTF?!?!?!?

Posted by: rss317 | October 14, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Jozy looks realllllllllly serious.

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

rss: makes it easier to mark off penalties ;)

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Nice wet night for El Pescado.

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Argentina qualifies...ESPN can breathe easier. Now Pretty Boy, er Portugal, just need to make it.

Reignking - very true. Should be easy to march off the "illegal contact" penalties. :)

Posted by: rss317 | October 14, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

ESPN2 seems to be out in Comcast DC. I know I should be at the game but couldnt make it.

Posted by: yeegore | October 14, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Jozy seems to have a tribute shirt ready to go if he scores.

At the 40...35...30...

Posted by: rss317 | October 14, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Do you have e360, yeegore?

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Has there ever been any explanation why RFK has football lines on the field? I thought DCU were the only ones using the field.

Posted by: Solnoir | October 14, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Did I miss the explanation as to why RFK has football lines on the field. I thought DCU were the only ones using the field.

Posted by: Solnoir | October 14, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Last complaint about the lines...obviously there has to have been something since the Navy bowl game. The yard markers are in different spots...the 40 appears twice a little above the other.

Posted by: rss317 | October 14, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Good start. CR seems to be feeling it out so far, letting the US play.

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

warning: MLS comment coming up...

How does the crowd look?

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | October 14, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, I saw a 9 during the anthem.

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Ah, smoke bombs. They still did it. But no other "tribute" sighted...excepy Casey blowing his shot!!!

Jozy, so strong.

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Man...Hope Solo would have made that!

Posted by: rss317 | October 14, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

10th minute: Healey shows the tribute. And some guy choking on smoke.

Point blank save by Howard!

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

arrrrghhhh casey. how awesome would a goal have been in the 9th minute??

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 14, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

sorry for the double post. I thought my original post was held up

Posted by: Solnoir | October 14, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Jozy yellow...eh, came in late, didn't hurt him.

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

What??? The yellows carry over to the World Cup??

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Great ball by Holden, but that was wishful thinking on Jozy's header.

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

So, I guess Jozy can't score and remove his shirt in his tribute to CD now that he picked up a yellow, huh?

Posted by: rss317 | October 14, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

anyone have a link for the honduras game?

(btw, yellows don't carry over to the WC)

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 14, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

our defense will be our downfall next year.

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 14, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

birdy: thanks...thought I was going crazy when Harkes said that...

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Reds carry over to the first game of the World Cup, if I'm not mistaken. So a red would be bad news for Jozy.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | October 14, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess I can get to bed a little earlier tonight than I was planning...

Posted by: rss317 | October 14, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Would a red card tonight mean missing game 1 of the WC? I don't think so.

Onyewu is our Rio Ferdinand, overrated, and suxxx.

Posted by: cr10 | October 14, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

So glad I didn't shell out $50 (or $100, if my son went with me) to attend this game. What an uninspired performance!

US is making Bryan Ruiz look like Lionel Messi.

Good luck, Catrachos, against Uruguay!

Posted by: billindmd | October 14, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Bornstein is major liability in the back.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | October 14, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

a red card carries over to the WC. take jozy out NOW. gooch is sooo slllloooow....

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 14, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

What? No one is posting the score here. I had to go to soccernet to find out we are down by two

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | October 14, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

US down 2-0 in the 30th minute on a brace by Bryan Ruiz.

Posted by: billindmd | October 14, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

was looking forward to seeing feilhaber and holden...both have been major disappointments so far.

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 14, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Maybe our RFK Stadium is cursed this year, with the home team doomed to lose more often than not! Chang, build that dang stadium already!

Posted by: billindmd | October 14, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Can Torres play now or does he get treated like Szetela?

Posted by: rss317 | October 14, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Mexico is down by one in T&T

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | October 14, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Terrible call on the cross in front of the goal, with the Costa Rican goalie trying to punch the ball away and then falling down.

I wonder who has a chance to make the US team as a forward with Davies out, if Ching, Donovan, Casey and Altidore are locks. Cunningham? Cooper? Eddie Johnson very much on the outside looking in.

Posted by: billindmd | October 14, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I'd say Cooper has the best shot. BB doesn't seem to hate him as much now that he's playing in Europe.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | October 14, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I guess we just really are not meant to score tonight...ugh...

Posted by: rss317 | October 14, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

this is so typical of our team. they have 2 chances. both put away. we have a 100 chances. nothing. and our one striker who can put them away got in an stupid accident. crap.

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 14, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I love the fire in Altidore's belly. Still 2-0 Costa Rica, but Jozy's doing things big and small to help his team

Posted by: billindmd | October 14, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Ruiz looks like an uglier version of Fernando Torres.

Posted by: rss317 | October 14, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Jozy's having a fantastic game so far, if not for botched strikes by Donovan and Casey he could have thee assists by now. As for subs, I'd like to see Cooper come on for Casey, Torres for Feilhaber and Spector or Spector for Bornstein.

Posted by: hudson22 | October 14, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

The selection I don't understand (although he's on the bench) is Jimmy Conrad. I'm sure that Jimmy's a great locker room guy who practices hard, but I saw a recent MLS game where he clearly got burned for 2 goals. Jimmy also didn't play that great in the Gold Cup, from what I recall.

Good to "see" that a lot of Insider regulars are at the match based on their lack of comments. Hats off to you all for supporting the team.

Posted by: billindmd | October 14, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

looking forward to demerit recovering. i really dont like bocanegra as a cb. he's not a very good help defender. would also like to see how hejduk does on the left.

two really bad defensive breakdowns but otw they aren't actually playing that bad.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | October 14, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Boy, this team is an enigma. We break Spain's winning streak, beat the African champion (Egypt), handle Honduras on the road, and then we put up stinkers against Mexico on the road and squeek by El Salvador at home and are now down 2-0 in the 2nd half against Costa Rica. Even if you throw away tonight's match because we've already qualified, I can't figure out how good we are.

Posted by: billindmd | October 14, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

please take altidore out...

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 14, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

bradley goal 1-2

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 14, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Alright, now! Costa Rica 2, USA 1, 72nd minute. Bradley puts away a rebound off a good shot by Donovan that the CR keeper parried away. Good cross by Robbie Rogers to set it up.

Posted by: billindmd | October 14, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

torres is better than feilhaber. rogers has been better than holden.

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 14, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

nooooo...cooper in for casey. why not altidore? if he gets a red, BB should be fired on the spot.

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 14, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Robbie Rogers and Jose Torres have played well as subs. I hope they good minutes from BB during the pre-World Cup friendlies.

Posted by: billindmd | October 14, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

T&T 2 Mexico 2

Posted by: FrancoNiell | October 14, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

damn. gooch's knee buckles. he's out of the game.

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 14, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Gooch out. That looks like it might be a serious injury. USA down to 10

Posted by: fedssocr | October 14, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

If results hold, Mexico wins the group on goal differential.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | October 14, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Gooch is cooked, ACL/MCL/PCL you take your pick

Posted by: cr10 | October 14, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Party on the streets of Honduras

Posted by: ah___ | October 14, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

YESSSSSSSS!!!! OF ALL PEOPLE! BORNSTEIN??

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 14, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

US win the group!

Posted by: FrancoNiell | October 14, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Incredible turn of events

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Nice game Ticos, better luck next time

Posted by: cr10 | October 14, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Hoping Onyewu isn't hurt badly....

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

were the players just singing hava nagila? lol

Posted by: PindarPushkin | October 14, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

LD bringing out a 9 flag from BB...

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Costa Rican player should've stayed on the post on that corner like you are trained.

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

you are welcome honduras! see what happens when you treat our players with respect?

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 14, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Great postgame coverage by ESPN (e360?) and Bob Ley.

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Bornstein redeemed himself on that one.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | October 14, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

What an ending, with Bornstein finishing off the corner kick (by Torres?) just inside the near post! I take back everything I previously wrote this evening.

I hope Gooch will be okay. Loved the passion our team showed. Dr. Samoes and his assistant were stupid to get sent off and leave the conditioning coach in charge.
Good luck against Uruguay, Costa Rica!

Congrats to the Catrachos!

Posted by: billindmd | October 14, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Pls report any links on Gooch's condition. It looked pretty bad.

Posted by: RRP1 | October 14, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Showed heart tonight. Even before the goal Bornstein was having a really good game. Gooch looked awful all game. And Connor Casey is absolutely not the answer. We really gutted through a tough game 5-10 bad minutes almost cost us. Need Demerrit back I think.

Posted by: Conservativemindsareinshackles | October 14, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

i am happy for pavon. good for him...he (and bornstein) ended up being a hero in honduras after all.

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 14, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what a finish. Based on that last 30 minutes, Torres should be given the starting center midfield position alongside Bradley. He looks confident on the ball and is the best distributor the U.S. can field in the middle.

Posted by: hudson22 | October 14, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Man, I'm glad I ended up not going to bed. What a finish!

You have to feel bad for the Ticos, but it's always a great day when you top Mexico!

Posted by: rss317 | October 14, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Torres NEEDS to get more playing time. He's calm on the ball, distributes well...sounds like a winner to me. But how dare we question BB? :)

Posted by: rss317 | October 14, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Also with Davies out it may be time to look at Ryan Guy.

Posted by: Conservativemindsareinshackles | October 14, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Great comeback by the boys. To me, it looked like Gooch dislocated his kneecap. You know it's bad when the other team is screaming for the medical team. Hopefully it's nothing too serious but it sure didn't look good.

Posted by: CYork1 | October 14, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Man... I feel for Costa Rica. I wanted them in the Cup, and hope they win their matches against Uruguay, but that must be crushing right now.

Posted by: patrickneil | October 14, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

AMERICAAA **** YEAH!!!!

Posted by: StewartDC8 | October 14, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

So what's Uruguay done this qualification period? What are Costa Rica's chances? Would be nice to get a big of bragging rights over the sudamericanos.

Posted by: Hokienautic | October 14, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Another highly entertaining night of US soccer! By far the most dramatic finish out of any of the regions today (Argentina game was boring). I almost feel bad for Costa Rica, but the thought of what it means for a Honduras nation that has been through so much recently makes it all the better. Plus, revenge is served for the 1986 qualifying cycle!

I though Cooper was far superior than Casey in his shortened appearance. Hopefully he will continue to get better with 1860 and it will be Altidore and Cooper getting fed by Donovan up top for the US in South Africa.

Hope Davies was concious enough to see it and hope Gooch's injury is not too serious. He really needs some playing time at AC Milan, you can tell what sitting on the bench does to even someone as talented as Gooch.

GO USA 2010!!! You boys did us proud tonight!

Posted by: rademaar | October 14, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

ryan guy? are you kidding me? a moderately successful goal-scoring run in the irish premier league is worth about as much as a moderately successful goal-scoring run in the usl league 1, and that's being generous. the loss of charlie davies is borderline devestating to the us's chances in 2010, but there is no one outside the current national team fold other than jeff cunningham who even deserves a sniff of a spot in the 23 against denmark in november.

Posted by: badeyes | October 14, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

The only person I feel bad for on Costa Rica is that strength and conditioning coach who had to take over head duties for the last 7 minutes or so. He looked like he needed a shoulder to cry on after the game. If "The Prof" hadn't tried his shenanigans maybe they're already in.

Posted by: stoscarthegreat | October 14, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
that being said, we should all be rooting just as hard for costa rica against uruguay.
LET'S GO CONCACAF!!!!!!!

Posted by: badeyes | October 14, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

simoes should be fired for earning those 5 minutes of injury time AGAINST his team. it's so nice to see a central american team get some comeuppance for their lack of sportsmanship.

Posted by: badeyes | October 14, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Great point, badeyes.

Onyewu out 3-4 months :( Such a freak injury...

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Root for Costa Rica? You gotta be kidding me.

I'm happy for Honduras making it to the World Cup, but I got no love for the Ticos. The US team is not treated well down there, and I remember the 2000 qualifier down there with the phantom handball call by the Jamaican ref, leading Claudio Reyna to throw his captain's armband and get thrown out.

Viva Uruguay!

Tonight, I realized I hate Costa Rica nearly as much as I hate Mexico.

Posted by: billindmd | October 14, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

ESPN.com says Gooch was diagnosed with a torn patellar tendon, which they say usually requires 3-4 months to recover from..freak injury on the slick turf..

Posted by: wiz-skins07 | October 14, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

@badeyes I agree with you about Simoes and his assistant. It was stupid of them to not heed the 4th official's warnings.

Now I'm hearing Costa Rican fans on Twitter blame the refs for their losing. I don't see any legitimacy to that complaint. There are certain standards of behavior expected of managers, and they went way beyond what's allowed with their complaints.

Posted by: billindmd | October 14, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Gooch: torn patellar tendon, out 3-4 months


Posted by: DCUSince96 | October 14, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

billindmd,

AGREED!..i hate those Tico's as much as the mexicans..they're all talk..they even think they're to good for the CONCACAF and should be in the CONMEBOL..ahaha..losers

Posted by: wiz-skins07 | October 14, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Nice effort to come back with 10 men...
But now the US has some serious issues. Davies out for the Cup. Gooch out of action for months (AC Milan will never play him again). DeMerit out indefinitely. They're gonna have to suffer to put together a team now. The only viable center back besides Bocanegra now is Jimmy Conrad, who probably isn't as fast as Marshall but plays so much better on the national team. Goodson...needs more time.

Posted by: Sunspot | October 14, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

The Mexico-Trinidad & Tobago match is currently being rebroadcast in English on mun2 (channel 275 on a FIOS system).

Posted by: croftonpost | October 14, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Ticos are dirty divers. They deserve their fate tonight. This is easy to write after leaving Troy6 in the rig with the dirty Ticos and the stinking Portuegesa! AhaAAhaAAhahahhahahaha!
VAmos!VamoS!
USA!
We came looking for you fischy! TWICE!!!

Posted by: DadRyan | October 14, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

re: wiz-skins07
i don't dispute the reasons posters have presented for rooting against the ticos, however i will root for them because in the big picture a win for costa rica against uruguay is a win for concacaf is a win for the u.s.a.
and i hate to get technical on you, but calling the costa ricans "losers" is ignoring the fact that if it came down to an aggregate home and home between the u.s.a. and costa rica, we would've lost. they finished 4th in a surprisingly competitive group, and poor sportsmanship aside, that does not make them losers.

Posted by: badeyes | October 14, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Love 'em or hate 'em we need the Ticos to carry the CONCACAF banner and beat Uruguay. It will increase the chances we keep 3 automatic berths for the 2014 Cup. The days when CONCACAF only had two berths is not too long ago.

Posted by: Alsatian1 | October 14, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

What a stab in the heart for Costa Rica. Well they deserve it. All that time wasting -- they got what they deserved.

I was glad to see Honduras go through. All they are going through in that country and the respect they showed our guys, they deserve it. I wish I could have seen their reactions after they found out we scored that 2nd goal.

Posted by: torrey151 | October 14, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

If "The Prof" hadn't tried his shenanigans maybe they're already in.

Posted by: stoscarthegreat |


So true Stos...the Ticos delaying tactics ultimately gave us the time we needed to score. What a way to finish qualifying, the feeling in the stadium was fantastic. All the best to Charlie & Gooch...

Posted by: jnel | October 14, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Ticos=timewasting diving trash. period. you reap what you sow.

Posted by: DadRyan | October 14, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

let's not confuse the honduran fans' distraction with respect. their political situation is in shambles, and the honduran people deserve a respite from the turmoil, but their quality players are more deserving the world cup birth than a group of fans too preoccupied with internal dissonance to hurl bags of urine and AA batteries.

Posted by: badeyes | October 14, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Bornstein has quietly won me over to the point where I don't get woozy when I see him on the field. I thought he made some nice attacking runs, put good crosses in, and held his own on the back line.
The point blank shot that Howard saved looked like it might have been Bornstein's man, but Howard was far more agitated at Boca than Bornstein.
The second goal was the result of a little laziness from MB. He was shoulder to shoulder with the guy on the throw and then peeled away to midfield. It left a gaping hole that the striker did well to exploit. Bornstein was marking the correct man, the guy on the wing, and had to make a late break on the striker.

Posted by: ComoPark | October 14, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

So did Bornstein have a good or bad game? I had a good view at RFK and thought he was horrible until the 95th minute. He gets an "A" for effort (ran hard most of the night), but looked lost a lot and I think he let the man run right by for Costa Rica's goal.
Odd how different the views on this are...

If Costa Rica didn't bunker in the second half, we would have lost 4-0.

I thought the official was very fair. He let both teams get away with things.

Are we ever going to have the talent to consistently put opportunities away? We're still at the stage where we have to get lucky against the really good teams.

Posted by: united100 | October 14, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

When must we submit our World Cup roster? With Gooch out 3-4 months, that's 10/14 through 1/14 or 2/14, and then some time to get fit again. Is he definitely out of South Africa, or does he have a chance of returning?

Posted by: Hokienautic | October 14, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

regardless of bornstein's performance tonight, which may or may not have been saved by a timely goal, the left back question remains entirely open, and more open than any other position on the field.
and it will be until bradley gives spector a shot, after which it will be clear that the only american good enough to play left back in the epl is the only american good enough to play left back in the world cup, full stop.

Posted by: badeyes | October 14, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

if the 3-4 month prognosis is correct then gooch, barring an additional serious injury setback or disciplinary action, will start in the center of the nats' defense for every single world cup game.

Posted by: badeyes | October 15, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

I thought Bornstein let the Costa Rican run by him for the second goal until I saw the replay. There was another player further downfield on the touchline that Bornstein was marking. There was a breakdown with the midfield where the guy was left all alone near the corner of the box. Bornstein broke in on him but he already had a step.
To the experts out there, after looking at the replay who had responsibility for Ruiz on the second goal?
Nevertheless, LB needs to be solved during the tuneups. If it is going to be Bornstein, we need to see something more than he's shown in the past.

Posted by: ComoPark | October 15, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Here's hoping Gooch has a speedy recovery from the knee injury. In terms of shoring up the decimated back line, is there any chance Jermaine Jones could fill in for Gooch or DeMerit at center back? Does he have that kind of versatility?

Posted by: hudson22 | October 15, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

jermaine jones is a central midfielder. IF IF IF IF IF he ever plays a meaningful game for the US he should be playing central midfielder. anything else should be considered a disaster.

Posted by: badeyes | October 15, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

When must we submit our World Cup roster? With Gooch out 3-4 months, that's 10/14 through 1/14 or 2/14, and then some time to get fit again. Is he definitely out of South Africa, or does he have a chance of returning?

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"The provisional list of 35 players must be sent to FIFA at least 30 days prior to the kick-off of the opening match. . . The association must send [the] final list [of 23 players] to FIFA prior to the kick-off of the opening match in accordance with the deadline stipulated in the relevant FIFA circular."

http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/56/42/69/fifa_wc_south_africa_2010_regulations_en_14123.pdf

Posted by: emanon13 | October 15, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

RSL with 2 beautiful 2nd half goal against RBNY.

As for the US, put Spector at LB and Hejduk on the right. Castillo ad Jones should get a chance. I've been a Feilhaber fan but he's been lacking recently. Edu should get a shot at playing time as well.

I thought we deserved at least a tie tonight. Finishing was a problem but we even had the better of play in the 1st half and dominated the 2nd as CR tried to kill the game. Jozy and Casey had really good games early but both faded after halftime. Torres looked good and Rogers even impressed.

Overall this felt like a win and I was happy with the way we played. Lots of questions and potential pitfalls, but we are in and we helped Honduras, so it was a good night. The playoffs in November should be very exciting.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | October 15, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

i echo dimesmakedollars. the only exception would be that i'm not happy with our performance, i'm okay with it, given the circumstances.

Posted by: badeyes | October 15, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Uruguay has some world class players (Forlan); however I do think Saprissa could even things out (how many Uruguayan players have ever played a match on turf)?

Uruguay's stadium has a running track...and weather in CR is hot/humid as well...

Posted by: targetmedia | October 15, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

I'm back from RFK -- wow! If the USA doesn't do much in South Africa this time around...well, they gave us the amazing run in Confederations Cup, and they gave us that stunning finish tonight. I could be happy with that...

Unfortunately, I might have to be happy with that. The news has been horrible for Team USA lately. First DeMerit's eye injury, then Davies' brush with death, and now Gooch's injury. I had figured he broke his ankle or such. This could be a much more significant injury.

We have so many question marks: Will either of our starting center backs from the last run in South Africa be able to play the next time? How will the USA produce offense and goals without Davies' power and speed combination? Who will start up top?

Posted by: fischy | October 15, 2009 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Of course, there are other questions not related to any injury: Bornstein looked pretty good to me tonight, except possibly on that second goal. He broke up a lot of passes with some gutsy play, and he pushed the play upfield, as well. Of course, the opposition must be considered. There will be better teams in South Africa. Still, for the first time in months, I'm thinking Bornstein has a chance to play. We'll still have to see what Castillo can do, but suddenly that position might not be the weakest link in our defense. Cherundolo did not look good to me. I hope Spector or Hejduk can do better.

The player I was most disappointed in was probably Bradley, even if he did score the goal. His touch was miserable most of the night. Gooch didn't look good either. Frankly, both looked like they hadn't played in months, which was almost the case. I was hoping that the coach would sub out his son, instead of Holden. I think Coach Bradley really needs to take a long look at other players in central midfield -- maybe Jones and Donovan.

USA players did not show great awareness. Donovan's finishing was a bit disappointing, and I wish he'd crossed to Casey on that late run in the first half. If he tries to get it to Casey, then either Casey gets an easy tap in, or the defender scores an own goal. Jozy's missed header was unnecessary, since he had plenty of time to bring it down and shoot. The USA created loads of chances, even without Davies, but I didn't see anyone step up to be the guy who can be counted on to score around the net.

Posted by: fischy | October 15, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Highlights (ESPN en Espanol):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX8b21NxnZM

Posted by: Juan-John | October 15, 2009 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: EssEff | October 15, 2009 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Former Terp Robbie Rogers was the MOTM tonight. He led the comeback where his buddy Charlie Davies # 9. His right footed cross led to the first goal and a picture perfect corner led the the game tying goal by Bornstein. Very entertaining game.

Posted by: TomR143 | October 15, 2009 1:51 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't give Robbie MOTM. He flubbed 2 great chances to score himself. On the other hand, he wasn't the only one.

Posted by: fischy | October 15, 2009 1:53 AM | Report abuse

I didn't think Simaos was so out of line initially. It looked like all he wanted to do was switch the substitute and the 4th official was having none of it.

Perhaps it was just a delaying tactic, but there was a Tico that was clattered pretty heavily on the play and so you can understand why Simaos might have wanted an adjustment. Perhaps he was too late making a request, but given the fact that neither coach was at all abusive to the officials (who generally did a good job), I don't understand why the 4th official wouldn't at least have the conversation.

And I think comments about the Ticos sportsmanship are out of line. They played a great, positive match. They didn't just bunker in the 2nd half. There were plenty of other opportunities for time-wasting and they really didn't milk the clock. They probably should have done more of it.

The Costa Rican coaches know as well as anybody else that a game delay that protracted is likely to add on more time if it ticks off the ref, so I don't think it was merely cynicism.

That strength/conditioning coach was something else. All he could do was keep yelling to the CRC players to 'be strong'. Suits his title, but you could tell at that moment that he wished he knew more about the nuances of set piece defending, because it was always going to be a tricky last few minutes and CRC really didn't adjust well to the change in momentum in the game over the last few minutes.

Posted by: LiverpoolSC | October 15, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

well, great heart to come back, but still some serious issues. We need to see Jermaine Jones in the midfield (second Ticos goal was a joke in terms of defensive midfield coverage), give Castillo some time compared to Bornstein (glad he scored the goal, but he still gets beat like a tom-tom in his real job, defending), and as others have said, let's see more of Torres--he looked very sharp, aggressive, covered a lot of ground (yes, he had fresh legs, so let's see for 90).

Forwards are a huge problem, especially with Davies gone. Jozy has the most promise, needs playing time. We saw the old (and I suspect more real) Conor Casey last night--zero touch, lumbering around. And then it gets very , very thin. Robbie Rogers? Kenny Cooper? Of course, we would normally move Dempsey up top in that situation, which needs more of a look, given that the midfield is getting crowded and I hope that Jones and perhaps Torres end up with starting or much more significant roles.

Wonder about Donovan up top, but he is playing so, so well where he is, showing leadership, unreal work rate (maybe learned that from Beckham)tracking back, and passing beautifully. So he stays where he is, and the other positions have to be built around him.

Posted by: macheath | October 15, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

nooooo...cooper in for casey. why not altidore? if he gets a red, BB should be fired on the spot.

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Are you kidding me? He should be fired for playing Casey, He did nothing and I mean nothing all night. He didn't even move and couldn't the ball for a second without losing it. He did not belong on a rec field with that effort tonight.

Posted by: restonhoops | October 15, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

It was just the BEST time at RFK! Fans were so charged up, all of us. Lots of conversation with CR folks on Metro going in, everyone wearing something -- it was loud and joyous. What a time.
I think for us the first half was tippy-toe, and the second half almost desperate. Up and down, up and down so many times my back aches today. And the voice! Gone!
Robbie Rogers seemed like a spark when he came in. I think he started making some things happen. Yes, he missed twice, but he set up our goals and was hopping up and down where he was supposed to be. Terrific performance -- hadda go, Robbie!

Posted by: sbuck | October 15, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey up top is a no brainer. If bradley doesnt do this he should be fired.

Posted by: Conservativemindsareinshackles | October 15, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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