Costa Rica beat the United States 4-0 in San Jose. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
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Calls for Jurgen Klinsmann to be sacked were mounting Wednesday as the worst defeat of his five-year reign left the United States facing an uphill battle to qualify for the World Cup. A brutal 4-0 mauling by Costa Rica Tuesday in San Jose, just four days after a shattering 2-1 loss to Mexico in Columbus Friday, has left the U.S. rooted to the bottom of CONCACAF's six-team final qualifying group.For now, Klinsmann's employers at the United States Soccer are keeping their own counsel on the coach's future.A failure to win the 2015 Gold Cup on home soil, when his team was eliminated in the semifinals, was followed by defeat to Mexico in a playoff to determine CONCACAF's representatives at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.Former USA striker Brian McBride wondered whether Tuesday's defeat indicated that Klinsmann's players no longer had confidence in his reign.
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