If you throw out the 2-0 win over Panama in January, the USA has conceded goals in the 75th minute or later in all of its last six matches, beginning with the Landon Donovan farewell game.
The eight goals turned two leads into ties, two ties into losses, a 2-1 lead over the Danes into a loss and a 2-1 deficit into
an embarrassing 4-1 loss to an Irish team of reserves.
If those six games had been in league play, the USA would have been in line to capture a healthy 11 points but instead finished with two points.
The USA could have done nothing about only one of the goals -- Robbie Brady's free kick for Ireland. But there was plenty of blame to go around on the other goals with an errant clearance, poor marking and ball-watching just a few of things that went wrong.
USA-Ecuador (1-1). Tying goal: Enner Valencia (88th minute). The USA looks headed for a win in Landon Donovan's farewell game when Valencia is given acres of room outside the area to fire off a dipping shot that gave Brad Guzan no chance.
USA-Honduras (1-1). Tying goal: Maynor Figueroa (86th minute). Figueroa beats his marker, Jermaine Jones, to Emilio Izaguirre's curling free kick and heads it past Nick Rimando.
USA-Colombia (1-2). Go-ahead goal: Teofilo Gutierrez (83rd minute). James Rodriguez beats Jones to a through ball and lofts the ball to the far post, where Gutierrez jumps between Julian Green and Fabian Johnson for the header that beats Guzan.
Ireland-USA (3-1). Insurance goal: James McClean (82nd minute). Geoff Cameron fails to clear the ball, which goes to McClean, whose shot from 25 yards deflects off Cameron and wrong-foots Bill Hamid.
Ireland-USA (4-1). Insurance goal: Robbie Brady (86th minute). Brady's left-footed free kick from 25 yards out sails over the U.S. five-man wall and into the upper left corner, leaving a diving Hamid no chance.
Chile-USA (3-2). Goal-ahead goal: Mark Gonzalez (75th minute). Marco Medel's shot 25 yards out is parlayed by Rimando to his right, where Gonzalez beats DeAndre Yedlin and Steve Birnbaum to the rebound and fires it into the goal.
Denmark-USA (2-2). Tying goal: Nicklas Bendtner (83rd minute). Denmark's Lasse Schoene jumps between Ventura Alvarado and Timmy Chandler for Thomas Delaney looping cross, which Rimando fails to grab. It deflects off Chandler to Bendtner on the far side to fire into the goal.
Denmark-USA (3-2). Goal-head goal: Nicklas Bendtner (90th+1 minute). Bendtner latches on to a ball played over the top of the U.S. defense and fires a dipping volley past Rimando inside the far post.