It is the first time in history that the U.S. have lost their opening two qualifying games, and the first time since 2001 that they have lost back-to-back fixtures during the qualifiers.
The United States lost its second consecutive 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying game Tuesday, this time to Costa Rica at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The U.S. team is 0-9-1 in World Cup qualifiers played in Costa Rica.
To say Klinsmann's tenure as head coach has been rocky is an understatement.
The Americans were overrun by Los Ticos, who badly exposed the USA defense, and offered little purchase in the attacking third to hand Jurgen Klinsmann's team a second-consecutive loss to start the Hexagonal stage on the road to Russian Federation. "We didn't imagine going into the hexagonal with two defeats right at the beginning".
We all know that it's tough for the USMNT playing away in Costa Rica.
Rather than taking the US forward to become a major power capable of asserting itself on the world stage, he had presided over a 4-0 defeat more in keeping with the dark years in which even reaching the World Cup was a challenge. "They'll get some lessons. But definitely it's a bitter moment because we wanted to do far, far better than what we did". And as he noted, the six-team CONCACAF tournament, which will qualify three teams directly for Russian Federation 2018, is extremely forgiving.
As for the Costa Ricans, they will play Mexico on March 24 and Honduras on March 28.
As the USA dropped to 0-9-1 in qualifiers at Costa Rica, jubilant Ticos fans sounded air horns at the end of a match that reignited questioning of Klinsmann's tactics.
Slack defending from Omar Gonzalez allowed Christian Bolanos to get to the byeline and cross for Johan Venegas, left unmarked by John Brooks, to head home past Brad Guzan.
The Costa Ricans (2-0-0) moved atop the hexagonal with six points in the CONCACAF final round while the last-place Americans fell to 0-0-2.
Three minutes later and Campbell grabbed his second with nearly a carbon copy of his first. "We'll think about what happened today and talk with Juergen and look at the situation".
The brutal loss was the second in a row to start the Hexagonal, the first time the USA has ever done that in six editions of the Hex.
Costa Rica is hardly an easy opponent: It was a World Cup quarterfinalist two years ago and is ranked 18th in the world.
"They gave us a psychological knock with that goal right before halftime", Klinsmann said.
The Tico's soon replied to that attack with a goal via Venegas, putting Costa Rica 1-0 up in the waning minutes of the first half. Jones and Chandler will be suspended on yellow cards for the next qualifier against Honduras.
In the seventh minute, the Montreal Impact player made a lovely hesitation move to slip by U.S. defender John Brooks only to have his shot blocked by a great kick save from Brad Guzan.