Fans at RFK stadium showed an outpouring of support for striker Charlie Davies
, who suffered serious injuries in an automobile accident that jeopardize his career. In the ninth minute
of the final U.S. World Cup qualifier, against Costa Rica, thousands of fans held up white cards inked with a No. 9, Davies' jersey number. Other fans waved banners reading "Get Well Charlie" and
U.S. teammate Jozy Altidore
urged fans via Twitter to send e-mail messages to Davies. He also spread the word about the fans' ninth-minute tribute. "I
was tweeting it all day," he said after the game. "I was happy that they did it. It really touched a lot of us when we saw the 9s up there. I'm sure it's going to touch Charlie."
broke two bones in his right leg and one in his left elbow, and he sustained a lacerated bladder and facial fractures in the accident early Tuesday, which claimed the life of a 22-year-old Maryland
woman. Davies had several hours of surgery, and additional operations will be required to stabilize the elbow and possibly the facial fractures. Davies will be hospitalized for at least a week and is
expected to take six to 12 months to recover.
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