The United States lost its second consecutive 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying game on Tuesday, this time in commanding fashion to Costa Rica at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Costa Rica steamrolled their way to a 4-0 victory against the Americans after already beating Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 in their previous qualifying game. As for the United States, it failed to respond to a 2-1 loss to Mexico and is in early trouble when it comes to making the World Cup.

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) November 16, 2016

This was nothing new for Costa Rica. According to U.S. Soccer’s official website, the Americans have never won in World Cup qualifying visits to the country and are now 0-9-1.

Andrew King of MLSsoccer.com responded to the performance:

This is an unacceptable result, given the USMNT player pool. I just don’t know how else to say it. And this is no outlier. It’s the norm now

— Andrew King (@AndrewKingMLS) November 16, 2016

Costa Rica received goals from Johan Venegas, Christian Bolanos and Joel Campbell, with Campbell scoring two in the second half. Bolanos assisted on the first to Venegas and scored the second on his own, and ESPN Stats & Info pointed out how involved he has been for his side:

Christian Bolaños makes it 2-0 Costa Rica. He has scored or assisted all four of @FEDEFUTBOL_CR’s Hex play goals pic.twitter.com/3rvSxXymAH

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 16, 2016

The United States actually finished with 52 percent of the possession, per ESPN.com, but Costa Rica had 15 shots (nine on goal) to the Americans’ six (one on goal).

The start of the game was a defensive battle, and the most notable moments came when the United States was shown yellow cards.

Jermaine Jones and Timothy Chandler each picked up yellows, and Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated noted they will miss the March 24 qualifying game against Honduras as a result.

It looked as if the Americans would get on the scoreboard first, when Bobby Wood dribbled down the sideline and delivered a beautifully placed cross in front of the net, but there was nobody there to knock it in. It was the United States’ best chance of the half, and it came up empty.

That missed opportunity loomed large when Costa Rica opened up the scoring in the 44th minute. Venegas headed one in from the center of the box off Bolanos’ cross and gave his team the 1-0 halftime lead.

BeIN Sports USA shared the goal:

Venegas gets his noggin on a Bolaños’ cross to put @FEDEFUTBOL_CR in front before the break. #beINCONCACAF https://t.co/S8dCMkkJA3

— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) November 16, 2016

Taylor Twellman of ESPN and writer Steve Davis reacted to the defensive breakdowns from the Americans:

Lack of pressure from Gonzalez & ball watching from Brooks is so obvious it’s inexplicable. #CRCvUSA

— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) November 16, 2016

Looking at goal again, plenty of mistakes. Mostly, too many players slow in transition to "D" & Gonzalez sluggish in closing space#CRvsUSA

— Steve Davis (@SteveDavis90) November 16, 2016

Paul Carr of ESPN.com noted the United States completed just 63.4 percent of its passes in the opening 45 minutes, which was its second-lowest mark in the last three years.

Jones continued to struggle on the defensive side in the second half as the United States had trouble preventing Costa Rica’s attack. Paul Tenorio of FourFourTwo USA said Jones appeared to be exhausted and "should be the first sub of this game."

Davis responded to the developments:

I get that J Jones is supposed to play higher in this #USMNT formation. BUT… every time I see US on D, he’s nowhere near Bradley#CRvsUSA

— Steve Davis (@SteveDavis90) November 16, 2016

The defense couldn’t hold Costa Rica, and Bolanos buried a header to make it 2-0 in the 68th minute. Doug McIntyre of ESPN The Magazine proclaimed the game over at that point, and Maximiliano Bretos of ESPN expressed frustration with the product on the field:

This in insanity, If the 11 look this ordinary a player adjustment needs to be made. #usmnt

— Maximiliano Bretos (@mbretosESPN) November 16, 2016

BeIN Sports passed along the second goal:

Bolaños involved again as @FEDEFUTBOL_CR double their lead. #beINCONCACAF https://t.co/95XsjOz0DU

— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) November 16, 2016

The floodgates opened from there, as Costa Rica quickly added another in the 74th minute when Campbell knocked in a shot with his left foot. At that point, Costa Rica was essentially toying with the overmatched United States side and on the clear path to the easy victory.

That pattern continued a mere four minutes later, when Campbell scored Costa Rica’s fourth goal of the game at the 78th minute. Twellman said goal differential was already a concern for the Americans even though they were only two games into the final qualifying stage.

Costa Rica put things on cruise control from there and clinched the victory.

What’s Next?

According to U.S. Soccer’s official website, the Americans will face Honduras on March 24 and Panama on March 28. That means they have an entire winter to work on what ailed them in the previous two games, which could lead to lineup switches or complete overhauls.

As for the Costa Ricans, they will play Mexico on March 24 and Honduras on March 28. They are in favorable position after two straight wins and will hope their momentum doesn’t cool with the extended break.