Is it the end of the road for Jürgen Klinsmann, the outspoken U.S. soccer coach?
Just three nights after an embarrassing 2-3 loss to Mexico in a Confederations Cup playoff, Klinsmann’s side lost an exhibition game to Costa Rica (0-1) on Tuesday night.
Joel Campbell, Costa Rica’s star striker, scored in the 70th minute to further expose U.S.’s woes.
Tim Howard, perhaps the greatest U.S. soccer player of all time, made a comeback after 15 months but was unable to stop his team’s continued slide. Howard had taken a one-year sabbatical after making an outstanding 15 saves in the 2-1 Round of 16 defeat to Belgium at last year’s World Cup. Howard made a superb sliding stop in the 88th minute but it didn’t influence the final result.
To put into perspective just how bad the U.S. Soccer team is, Klinsmann’s boys have now failed to beat a CONCACAF opponent four games running, a losing streak that was last seen in the 1960s. In other words, this is probably the worst U.S. Soccer team for over 50 years.
At last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, the Americans registered their worst performance since 2000. The popular perception is that this is a team in its rebuilding stage.
But fans are losing patience. A measly crowd of 9,214 watched the proceedings at the Red Bulls Arena, which was almost two-thirds empty.
The qualifying round for the World Cup starts in a month. How exactly will Klinsmann turn things around? It’s clear that there is little confidence stemming from the U.S. camp.