If anyone ever questions why you love soccer, point to just a few ticks before 10 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
Costa Rica was up a goal and just minutes away from the World Cup. The United States had already clinched, and had little to play for but pride, and the honor of seriously injured teammate Charlie Davies.
Then in the final few seconds of stoppage time, something amazing happened. Robbie Rogers looped in a perfect corner kick. Jonathan Bornstein headed it home. The crowd at RFK Stadium, holding up '9' signs in support of Davies, went bonkers.
Aftermath: The United States wins CONCACAF. Honduras is in, thanks to a 1-0 victory over El Salvador. Costa Rica now must survive Uruguay in two-game playoff.
Also, how about Diego Maradona telling off the Argentine press after sending his home country to the World Cup?