MNT Jun 16, 2011
The U.S. Men's National Team's return to RFK Stadium certainly brings back memories for players, fans, coaches and even the staff. The U.S. has played in the venue 20 times, but the freshest memory for all is the final game of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup played on Oct. 14, 2009. Here's our video recap of that match:
For the Gold Cup, the team is staying at the same hotel it was in for that match against Costa Rica, which is also where the players and staff first heard word of the Charlie Davies accident. It was an emotional time for everyone involved in the national team, and it culminated with the U.S. fan's touching tribute to Davies in the ninth minute followed by Jonathan Bornstein's stoppage-time goal that tied the game and gave the U.S. first place in the CONCACAF qualifying standings. It is also the game where Oguchi Onyewu suffered a knee injury that he battled back from to make the 2010 FIFA World Cup roster.
While that last game was an emotional one for the U.S. camp, you can't forget what it meant to Honduras: it clinched them a World Cup berth. Below is the video of the call of that game on radio in Honduras - where Bornstein became a national hero of sorts.