Looking shocked, team coach Jurgen Klinsmann called his team’s 4-0 loss a bitter moment. The U.S. Men’s National Soccer team was humiliated on Tuesday night by Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier. Klinsmann said the defeat hurt the most since he started his current tenure of five years with the U.S. team.
Some are questioning if it is now time to make a change, but Sunil Gulati the United States Soccer Federation President called for patience. He said that immediately following matches, decisions are not taken, but he added that there would be a talk with Klinsmann about the situation.
The U.S. now sits 0-2 in the CONCACAF final round of qualifying for the World Cup for just the first time. Last week, the U.S. was beaten at home 2-1 by Mexico.
The loss on Tuesday was the 9th consecutive defeat on the road against Costa Rica. Given what has been a rare opportunity to coach for the U.S. in a second cycle of the World Cup, Klinsmann has come under new scrutiny from critics the German’s reign has become stale.
Following the match, he told reporters that he understands that following two straight World Cup qualifying losses that many comments will be made, but added it was all part of being the coach.
A champion in World Cup for West Germany back in 1990 and the 2006 coach of Germany that reached the semifinals, Klinsmann took over for Bob Bradley after the U.S. performed poorly in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2011, where Mexico defeated the Americans in the final 4-2.
Klinsmann led the U.S. team in 2013 to the Gold Cup title as well as a second round trip during the World Cup of 2014, where the U.S. was beaten by Belgium during extra time.
However, the U.S. lost to Jamaica in an upset in the Gold Cup semifinals during 2015 and in a playoff against Mexico for a berth in the Confederations Cup. That sparked renewed skepticism over Klinsmann’s tactics and personnel decisions.
This year play improved at the Copa America, where wins over Ecuador and Paraguay advanced the U.S. into the semis were they lost 4-0 to Argentina.
Then the hexagonal started and things could not get any worse with two straight losses.
The soccer world in general and especially national teams are known for having short fuses when it comes to changing coaches.