US 2-Costa Rica 2: Down to the wire in DC

United States v Costa Rica

The U.S.'s final World Cup qualifying match came down to the bitter end. But that end was sweet for the Americans -- who used Jonathan Bornstein's headed goal in the last minute of stoppage time to [pull out a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica at RFK Stadium Wednesday night](http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=279543&cc=5901).

Costa Rica, who fell out of the automatic qualification zone with the draw, took the upper hand in the first half -- with forward Bryan Ruiz scoring two goals in a four minute span to give the Ticos a sizable lead. The U.S. fought back valiantly though and they came close to scoring numerous times before finally breaking through in the 71st minute through Michael Bradley. Bornstein sealed the draw in the 95th minute -- and broke Costa Rican hearts in the process.

Costa Rica, who spent much of qualifying campaign atop of the 6-team CONCACAF group, fell from third place to fourth with the draw. They will take on Uruguay in a two-game, home-and-home playoff to decide who goes to the World Cup.

The U.S., who was playing without striker Charlie Davies after he suffered severe injuries in a horrific car crash early Tuesday morning, finished in first place in the group for the second straight qualification cycle. Mexico and Honduras round out the teams who will represent CONCACAF in South Africa next year.

Not forgotten in the midst of the wild end to the game is the fact that Oguchi Onyewu went down with what looked to be a pretty severe injury. The AC Milan center back has been a key player for the Americans for years and should his absence be significant it will no doubt hurt the Nats as they prepare for next summer's World Cup.

After the game, the American team celebrated on the field -- paying tribute to their injured teammate Davies by holding up a large sign with his number '9' written on it.

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