USA Humbled 4-0 By Costa Rica In World Cup Qualifier

It all seems to be collapsing for the USA who have now lost their first two games in World Cup qualifying of the 10 game qualifying process but now Jurgen Kinsmann’s job is in jeopardy.

The USA were beaten by Mexico at home for the first time ever last week by a score of 2-1 with the winner coming in the last minute but last night it was a fairly even first half.

That was also the first time the US had lost a World Cup qualifier at home since back in 2001.

Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin seem out of favor with Klinsmann and after playing only the last 16 minutes against Mexico he didn’t even get on in last night’s game.

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DeAndre Yedlin in US colors – didn’t play last night

This is also the first time ever the USA have begun the Hexagonal round of qualifying with two defeats.

In a closely contested first half it was Costa Rica forward Johan Venegas whose header broke the deadlock just before half time in the 44th minute.

The USA came out in the second hald revitalized and looking for the equalizer, but as they pushed forward, Costa Rica were able to launch counter attacks multiple times.

Bolanos scored in the 68th minute before substitute Joel Campbell (Arsenal) grabbed two goals in five minutes in the 74th and 78th and that was it.

They finally won by a convincing score of 4-0 in front of a sold out crowd of 35,400 at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.


Jurgen Klinsmann

The US Federation must now decide whether Jurgen Kilnsmann keeps his job but he’s been under pressure for some time now over here.

But it looks they will hold off on a decision.

Jurgen Klinsmann was hired five years ago to take the U.S. to another level of play and tactical nuance on the world stage, when he was brought in to replace Bob Bradley back in 2011 – but that hasn’t really happened.

Costa Rica’s win kept them at the top of the group on six points, while USA are at the bottom with no points.

The US will return to action with a game against Honduras in March of next year.

It would be unthinkable that the US does not qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia in two years time.

USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 6-John Brooks, 5-Matt Besler; 23-Fabian Johnson (19-Graham Zusi, 77), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 13-Jermaine Jones (16-Sacha Kljestan, 74), 10-Christian Pulisic (11-Lynden Gooch, 70); 17-Jozy Altidore, 7-Bobby Wood

Subs: 12-Ethan Horvath, 22-William Yarbrough, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 8-Alan Gordon, 9-Aron Johannsson, 14-Michael Orozco, 15-Steve Birnbaum, 18-Julian Green, 20-Cameron Carter-Vickers
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

Costa Rica: 1-Keylor Navas; 3-José Salvatierra, 19-Kendall Waston, 2-Johnny Acosta, 4-Michael Umaña, 22-Ronald Matarrita; 7-Cristian Bolaños, 14-Randall Azofeifa (17-Yeltsin Tejeda, 70), 5-Celso Borges, 10-Bryan Ruiz (13-Rodney Wallace, 84); 11-Johan Venegas (12-Joel Campbell, 67)

Subs: 18-Patrick Pemberton, 23-Leonel Moreira, 6-Pablo Salazar, 8-Bryan Oviedo, 9-Ariel Rodríguez, 15-Allan Miranda, 16-Leonardo González, 20-David Guzmán, 21-Marco Ureña
Head coach: Óscar Ramírez

Referee: Cesar Ramos (Mexico)