The United States men's national team lost to Costa Rica, 4-0, in a World Cup qualifying match at the Estadio Nacional. New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan made an appearance, entering the match in the 71st minute as a substitute for Jermaine Jones.
Kljestan struggled to generate any significant momentum in the attack, although he can hardly be blamed for his team's struggles. The U.S. was thoroughly outplayed by Costa Rica, and failed to put a single shot on goal. By the time Kljestan entered the match, a win was out of reach and his team had essentially given up.
Jurgen Klinsmann's squad is now 0-2 and at the bottom of the six-team qualifying group after also losing to Mexico on Friday. The U.S. still has eight matches to play, but there are some rumblings that U.S. Soccer could be making some changes.
The Washington Post's Steven Goff reports that the USSF is considering replacing Klinsmann with LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena. It's difficult to speculate how a change at the top would affect Kljestan's status with the national team. He was banished from Klinsmann's rosters and camps for two years, only having recently earned his way back in. Despite putting in strong performances in September and October friendlies, he still wasn't trusted to play crucial minutes against Mexico or start against Costa Rica.