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Costa Rica Crushes USMNT 4-0 In World Cup Qualifying

Costa Rica Crushes USMNT 4-0 In World Cup Qualifying

The U.S. team consists of nine players who play in Major League Soccer, seven in Germany, four in England, three in Mexico and one each in Liechtenstein and Norway.

When El Tri lost a few days later in the United States, Tena was replaced within 48 hours by Victor Manuel Vucetich. Wood tied the score, but Rafa Marquez's goal on an 89th-minute header sent the U.S.to its first home loss in qualifying since 2001. "We're going to have to look collectively real hard in the mirror at ourselves and understand it's not been a good start".

And this one wasn't really close. "So anybody who thinks that is sorely mistaken".

Combined with Friday's 2-1 loss to Mexico at Columbus, Ohio, the US finds itself in a quick deficit in the hexagonal, which resumes in March.

Slack defending from Omar Gonzalez allowed Bolanos to get to the byline and cross for Venegas, left unmarked by John Brooks, to head home past Brad Guzan. The absence of injured defender Geoff Cameron was glaring. It is a very bitter moment.

"It's definitely the defeat that hurts the most in my five years, for sure", a somber Klinsmann admitted after watching Costa Rica dismantle his men on a sultry night at San Jose's Estadio Nacional.

Without question Costa Ricans this morning did not care about the daily traffic nightmare and all the other stuff, just the euphoria of the Sele's victory and they now sit at the top of the heap in World Cup qualifying with six points.

"Was the result embarrassing? Yes".

Cherundolo, 37, was a great player for the U.S. His relative youth should not be looked at as a negative, either. "I'm very disappointed, obviously".

With eight to play - and two of its toughest fixtures behind it - the USA sits dead last in regional qualifying with a goal differential of minus-5. And, with eight matches remaining and three automatic places along with one playoff spot available for Russian Federation 2018, there remains ample opportunity for the U.S.to overcome its nightmare start. Mexico qualified with 12 points. There's a lot of points left on the board, 24 to be exact. If U.S. Soccer does intend to go foreign once again then former Chile and Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa may be in the mix. "That is just part of the job".

Wednesday (AEDT) marked the nation's heaviest defeat in World Cup qualifying since 1957.

"We don't make any decisions right after games", he said.

There is always things that you say you could have done differently.

The key matchups for Costa Rica are how Ruiz and Campbell attack the weaker half of the United States of America back line (read: where John Brooks is not playing) and how whoever deputizes for Christian Gamboa deals with the electric Christian Pulisic. Shortly after that, Jozy made a defensive move to put the ball out forcing a corner.

Sunil Gulati gave some diplomatic answers in a roundtable interview with reporters before Friday's loss to Mexico, as he seemed ready to back Klinsmann through the Hex.

Bolanos scored after a turnover by 18-year-old midfielder Christian Pulisic near midfield. Though the USA was able to keep it close for most of the first half, it all fell apart after the 44th minute.