The United States Men's National Team struggled again on Tuesday, succumbing to Costa Rica 4-0. It was the team's second straight loss in the hex section of CONCACAF qualifying for the World Cup.

Costa Rica embarrassment

The game was a chance for Brad Guzan to shine in place of the injured Tim Howard, who won't be back to be the US goalkeeper anytime soon. For most of the first half, it seemed Guzan was up for the challenge. In the 43rd minute, though, Johan Venegas received a perfect cross and headed the ball in for Costa Rica's first goal - they had plenty more to go.

Chrisitan Bolanos added to the deficit in the 68th minute to move the score to 2-0 in favor of Costa Rica.

Then, Joel Campbell scored a brace in a matter of five minutes to set up the 4-0 final.

Virtually nobody on the US team played well, with the defense being the biggest culprit for the amount of shots and goals Costa Rica managed to record over the course of the night.

The future of the USMNT

The loss to Costa Rica comes on the heels of a 2-1 loss to Mexico in Columbus, Ohio (normally a place where the US has a huge home field advantage) on Friday, where the team also looked sloppy and failed to take advantage of chances.

In the long-term, the most questions surround US Soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who has always been seen as a polarizing figure since taking over his post in 2011. He famously left off national team legend Landon Donovan from the 2014 World Cup team, and he led the team to a mediocre fourth-place showing during the 2015 Gold Cup.

He has a young star on the roster in Christian Pulisic but doesn't seem to know what to do with him during any given match - Klinsmann's time as the US coach may be waning.

The more immediate concern for the US has to be qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. In the hex, the top three teams qualify, while the fourth team gets a playoff.

The US is in dead last in the hex, one of two teams (Trinidad & Tobago) to fail to secure a point so far in this round of qualifying, with the next fixture not being played until March 24, 2017.

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