What must DeAndre Yedlin think as Jurgen Klinsmann fights for job after humiliation
Jurgen Klinsmann is fighting for his job after disaster struck for the second time in a handful of days.
The USA lost their first home World Cup qualifier in 15 years at the weekend, when Mexico triumphed 2-0. The USA having beaten the Mexicans 2-0 in the same fixture in each of the last four World Cup qualifications.
Tuesday night though was even worse, the USA hammered 4-0 by Costa Rica in San Jose.
Goals from Venegas (43), Bolanos (68) and Campbell (74, 78) humbled Jurgen Klinsmann and his players, the result and performance leading to disbelief back home in the United States.
Before the game, reports in the USA media had claimed that if they did lose to Costa Rica, Klinsmann’s job was at risk, with LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said to be potentially lined up.
After the 4-0 loss, Jurgen Klinsmann came out and said he takes full responsibility for these two shock defeats in the opening two group qualifiers, though he didn’t comment on speculation about his job.
As for DeAndre Yedlin, it would be interesting to know what he thinks about his USA boss’ predicament.
Jurgen Klinsmann surprisingly left Yedlin out of the Mexico match, the Newcastle defender only getting the last 16 minutes in that 2-1 defeat.
Last night Klinsmann made the big decision to go with exactly the same team that lost to Mexico, the only exception being the enforced change of Guzan for Howard, who was injured in that opening group loss.
Having made the decision to stay with the same team, DeAndre Yedlin was again left on the sidelines and wasn’t even brought on a substitute as the USA collapsed against Costa Rica.
Last month, Jurgen Klinsmann said he hadn’t been impressed with Yedlin’s contribution, although many USA fans thought the Head Coach was mainly to blame after messing around with tactics, including using the NUFC full-back as part of a front three.
Jurgen Klinsmann saying in early October:
“In the last camp (September internationals) and in this camp, he (Yedlin) struggled, that is just reality.”.
Disappointing for DeAndre Yedlin to be ignored again but good news for Newcastle fans with a big game at Leeds on Sunday.
Costa Rica 4 USA 0
Last night’s teams:
Costa Rica: Keylor Navas, Alvarado, Salvatierra, Umana, Borges, Bolanos, Ruiz, Venegas, Azofeifa, Waston, Matarrita
USA: Guzan, Gonzalez, Bradley, Besler, Brooks, Wood, Pulisic, Jones, Altidore, Chandler, Johnson
Referee: Cesar Ramos (Mexico)
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