U.S. Final Qualifier Far From Meaningless

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WASHINGTON -- This was supposed to be a news-free visit to the nation's capital for the U.S. national team. The Yanks had already clinched a World Cup berth on Saturday. Their final qualifier here on Wednesday against Costa Rica was going to be "meaningless."

Try telling that to the U.S. players, who celebrated their dramatic come-from-behind 2-2 tie with an emotional tribute to forward Charlie Davies, who was seriously injured in an auto accident on Tuesday. Try telling that to the U.S. fans, who honored the No. 9-wearing Davies by standing, cheering and setting off red-white-and-blue smoke bombs during the game's ninth minute.

And try telling that to forward Jozy Altidore, one of Davies' best friends, who could barely contain his feelings during the game and after the...

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