Costa Rica demolished the U.S. 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, throwing the continued tenure of U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann into question. Time_Sports
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — There is enough bad news for the United States national team right now that you can take your pick of painful barbs. There is the fact that records, the unwanted kind, have started tumbling.
Or that the U.S., as things stand, is out of the qualification places for the 2018 World Cup. Or that Tuesday night’s 4-0 defeat in Costa Rica was the first time the country has lost its opening two qualifiers of a World Cup campaign. Or the first time it has lost two consecutive qualifiers since 2001. Or that this was the heaviest shutout loss in qualifying in nearly 60 years.
There was no talking his way out of this one for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. This was a good old-fashioned drubbing, administered by a fearless team full of confidence and attacking intent, to the backsides of an American group that had little to offer and had firmly lost its composure by the end.
“It is a defeat that hurts a lot,” Klinsmann said. “It is a bitter pill to swallow.”