The USA has been outscored 12-1 post-halftime of its last eight games -- two of those games were during the World Cup.
For all the talk about experimenting with a 3-5-2 formation and incorporating some young players, Klinsmann started six men who played at the 2014 World Cup team. Chile was testing its domestic players for this summer’s Copa America while its big stars remained in Europe. Only five players on Chile's roster had more than four caps and only one player saw 2014 World Cup action -- defender Jose Rojas, who played 12 minutes against Brazil.
Yet the Chileans looked the much more cohesive team, stringing passes out of the back, attacking in waves, and coming back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to hand the Americans a third straight loss. Mark Gonzalez scored in 66th and 75th minute – and Chile had more chances after that.
In its previous game, the USA got pummeled by a second-string Ireland team, giving up goals in the 55th, 82nd and 86th minutes after being tied at halftime. It gave up an 87th-minute goal in the 2-1 loss to Colombia and goals in the last five minutes in 1-1 ties with both Ecuador and Honduras.
The run of such late-game failure from the U.S. national team is a new phenomenon. Four years ago, Bob Bradley’s squad played eight games between the 2010 World Cup and 2011 Gold Cup against the likes of Brazil, Argentina and Spain and only allowed two goals after intermission.
Klinsmann's team faces Panama Feb. 8. At least one of the problems he needs to solve is crystal clear.Mark Gonzalez's winner: