San José, Costa Rica (CARIBUPDATE/NOV 16, 2016) — The United States face an uphill battle to qualify for their eighth consecutive World Cup Finals after being demolished 4-0 by a rampant Costa Rica in San Jose on Tuesday.
The U.S. national soccer team’s hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup grow darker as they suffer a second setback in five days and the worst loss in a qualifier since 1980.
Four days after losing at home to Mexico, the U.S. were beaten again, leaving Jurgen Klinsmann's side anchored at the bottom of the qualifying table without a point from two matches and a minus five goal differential .
With the Americans sitting in last place in the six-team, final-round group, Jurgen Klinsmann’s job might now hang in the balance following this catastrophic performance.
Costa Rica’s Johan Venegas scored in the 43rd minute, Cristian Bolanos doubled the lead in the 69th and second-half substitute Joel Campbell beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the 74th and 77th minutes in the worst margin of defeat for the U.S. in a qualifier since a 5-1 defeat at Mexico in November 1980.
The result leaves Klinsmann's U.S. bottom of the six-team group alongside Trinidad and Tobago.
Costa Rica, meanwhile, top the Hexagonal, the only side to win both their opening games.
The top three teams after the 10 home-and-away matches qualify automatically for Russia 2018, while the fourth-placed side goes into a play-off with a team from Asia.