U.S. Soccer Needs to Fire Jurgen Klinsmann After Disastrous Start to Hex

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Published: November 16, 2016

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The United States men's national team have officially hit rock bottom.

After Tuesday's embarrassing 4-0 loss to Costa Rica, the Yanks sit dead last with zero points in the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

The loss that saw a lackluster effort from everyone wearing an American kit—and every member of the technical staff sitting on the bench—helped the Yanks usher in yet another new low under coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

For the first time in history, the USMNT are pointless after two Hex matches, per ESPN's Paul Carr:



We've gotten used to seeing the USMNT underwhelm in big matches, but usually there's some type of silver lining that can be found after a disappointing result.

There are zero positives to take from Tuesday's defeat in Costa Rica and the 2-1 loss at home to Mexico on Friday. Not even 18-year-old phenom Christian Pulisic could produce moments of brilliance that would get American fans excited for the future.

Klinsmann set his side up to fail in Costa Rica with his selection Friday on home soil against his team's top rival.

It took a conversation started by Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones on the sideline during an injury break to change the dreadful 3-4-3 formation into a 4-4-2. In addition to wasting 30 minutes of his players' time Friday, Klinsmann didn't take responsibility for his mistakes.

A combination of conceding the game-winner to Mexico in the 89th minute and Klinsmann's ineptitude produced the atrocious effort from all 11 players on the pitch at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.

John Brooks, who was thought to be the best center-back in the USMNT talent pool, played like a 23-year-old making his first start on the road in international play instead of the defensive rock he's been for most of 2016.



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