Sam’s Army, the U.S. Soccer fan club that organized the Charlie Davies support effort tonight, can be proud of their work: That tribute was pretty fitting.
Basically every U.S. fan, at least those that made their way onto ESPN’s broadcast, had the requisite No. 9 paper sign at the 9th minute. After full-time, the U.S. gathered and held up a No. 9 Davies banner. It was an impressive display.
In the meantime, after Costa Rica jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, the U.S. men fought back in the second half — including a stoppage-time goal by Jonathan Borstein — to net a 2-2 tie in a game they probably had no business winning. In soccer, ties like that are considered wins, and given that the U.S. will end qualifying at the top of the CONCACAF standings, they can officially consider the night a success.