Late Header Gives U.S. 2-2 Draw in Final World Cup Qualifier


October 14, 2009

WASHINGTON — Jonathan Bornstein
headed in a corner kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time, giving
the United States a 2-2 tie against Costa Rica on Wednesday night that
put Honduras in next year's World Cup.

Bryan Ruiz scored twice in a four-minute span midway through the first half, but Michael Bradley cut the
U.S. deficit in the 72nd minute. With the United States playing a man
short following an injury to Oguchi Onyewu and Costa Rica just 20
seconds or so from qualifying, Bornstein headed in Robbie Rogers'
corner kick from about 7 yards.

At the end, U.S. players held up a
banner with the number "9" of teammate Charlie Davies, who was
seriously injured in a car crash Tuesday and is unlikely to play in
next year's World Cup.

While the United States topped North
and Central America and the Caribbean for the second straight
qualifying cycle and Honduras qualified for the World Cup for the first
time since 1982, Costa Rica faces a two-game playoff next month against

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