Jurgen Klinsmann faces a referendum on his tenure as manager of the U.S. men's national soccer team Friday night here at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. In his own words, it is a "must-win" World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica.
A win against Costa Rica is hardly out of the question. Denver is expected to get 4-6" of snow around game time, and the conditions favor the more workmanlike Americans. But should the USA lose, the jig could be up for the charismatic German coach.
The embattled coach is under fire from several fronts and dealing with a rash of injuries that have depleted his roster. Eight players are out due to injury, including number one keeper Tim Howard, and three first-string defenders: Fabian Johnson, Steve Cherundolo and Timmy Chandler. In addition, Landon Donovan remains unavailable, and Clint Dempsey, while on the roster, is recovering from a calf injury.
But more damaging perhaps was the release of a largely anonymously sourced article by the Sporting News Tuesday...