Klinsmann laments 'bitter' blow of 4-0 thrashing

Supporters of Costa Rica wait for the start of the game

Klinsmann stays with same lineup vs Costa Rica, but in 4-4-2

Costa Rica head the table with six points, followed by Mexico and Panama with four, and then Honduras on three. "There's no doubt about it", said Klinsmann, who is also the only USA coach to lose the first two games of CONCACAF's six-team "hexagonal" qualifying tournament.

He insisted he is the right person to lead the team.

The Yanks continued to struggle despite fielding almost an identical lineup, and in a 4-4-2 shape, to the one that controlled the second half vs. Mexico on Friday.

So, the writing is clear on the wall, Klinsamnn is no longer wanted as the United States coach. Jozy Altidore, Bobby Wood, Fabian Johnson and Michael Bradley all looked up for the challenge, but there just didn't appear to be any clear tactical plan in place - not one that was ever going to earn the US team its first win in Costa Rica.

The U.S. has shifted coaches during qualifying just once in the modern era. If they are to rally from these early stumbles and earn one of this round's three automatic qualification slots for Russian Federation 2018, they will have to become the first team in CONCACAF history to finish in the top three of the Hex after opening the stage with two losses.

The German World Cup victor has faced repeated criticism of his tactics and personnel over the past year.

"We won't make any decisions right after games", Gulati said. Gonzalez was slow to close on Bolanos, who crossed for Venegas just outside the 6-yard box.

There was some whistling during "The Star-Spangled Banner" from the capacity crowd of about 35,000. It does not good to point fingers and be looking around trying to figure out who you can throw under the bus.

In the semifinals of the Gold Cup Jamaica shocked the Americans in the Georgia Dome with a pair of set-piece goals, one of them a free kick from Giles Barnes after Brad Guzan was whistled for handling the ball outside of the penalty area. The venue appears less intimidating to visitors than old Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, where fans were directly behind the benches.

"We didn't imagine we'd start the Hexagonal with two defeats right at the beginning".

Yellow cards began to pile up for the Americans, leaving defender Timmy Chandler and midfielder Jermaine Jones suspended from the next qualifier.

The defense couldn't hold Costa Rica, and Bolanos buried a header to make it 2-0 in the 68th minute.

Although the USA - especially youngsters Bobby Wood and Christian Pulisic - were unsafe at times early Costa Rica, led by savvy playmaker Bolanos, repeatedly sliced through the porous American defense at the other end. Wood slid the ball behind Navas in the 41st, but the USA didn't have anyone in front.

Romell Quioto and Emilio Izaguirre put Honduras in the driving seat with early goals and although Carlyle Mitchell pulled one back for the visitors after half-time, Eddie Hernandez scored a third for Honduras with 10 minutes remaining. Carlyle Mitchell scored in the 51st for the Soca Warriors (0-2).

Next game: Forced to play in the third-place game in front of a sparse crowd in Philadelphia, the US laid another egg in a loss on penalties to Panama.

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