The United States men’s national team has been struggling to recover from a rash of injuries to players and the manager, with two of the team’s three starting players on the sidelines with injury.
Ahead of Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Canada in Vancouver, USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann admitted the team was “on the brink” of breaking down.
“We need to get to a place where we are able to get back into the match,” he said.
“But we have to get the rest right and we have a lot of work to do.”
The U.S. lost the World Cup qualifiers against Chile, Paraguay and Panama to be eliminated from the World Championships.
The team is still missing two key players, but Klinsman said the team has “every confidence in” its squad to win the World Cups final.
In the meantime, Klinsberg admitted that “things are going to get worse.”
“If we are not able to keep going in the same way that we have been able to, then we are going down a path that will be painful,” he added.