The United States men's national team is in trouble.
The team was already in a hole entering this week's World Cup qualifying slate due to a crushing 2-1 loss to Honduras in February - a result that leaves them last in their Hexagonal - but that could easily have been overcome with results against Costa Rica Friday night and against archrivals Mexico Tuesday night in Mexico City.
But then came an explosive report by the Sporting News , where 11 players anonymously took shots at manager Jurgen Klinsmann, his staff, his methods (or lack thereof, in their opinion), and some of their teammates - most notably the German-American contingent like Jermaine Jones, a midfielder who is expected to start against Costa Rica.
In a game that has been described by Klinsmann as a "must win" now mere hours away, how can a group of players trust one another?
Ask any manager of a championship-winning team how they achieved their goal, and chemistry is bound to be one of the most cited factors. But ...