The United States men's national team suffered a 4-0 loss to Costa Rica in World Cup Qualifying at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose.
Timothy "Timmy" Chandler and Jermaine Jones were given yellow cards, in the 11th and 37th minutes respectively. Due to the cautions, they have been suspended for one match. The duo will miss the U.S.' fixture against Honduras on March 28th, 2017.
Naturally, we must consider their replacements. Chandler will likely be supplanted by Newcastle's DeAndre Yedlin (for at least one match). The 23-year old defender/midfielder is currently on the outside of Jurgen Klinsmann's plans, after the U.S. coach stated in October that Yedlin struggled in national team camps. Due to a continued series of poor performances by Chandler, some are already calling for a permanent return to the starting lineup for Yedlin, but Klinsmann is not one to quickly reverse what he sees as a negative trend.
Replacing Jones against Honduras will come down to tactical preference. Will Klinsmann opt for another attacking midfielder or a defensive one? Alejandro Bedoya would be the safest, most obvious choice. Despite being a strong presence in friendlies, New York Red Bulls' midfielder Sacha Kljestan was limited to a brief appearance against Costa Rica. Maybe we'll see another lineup with Christian Pulisic at attacking midfielder or the unexpected (but forced by a perceived necessity) return of Darlington Nagbe.
It's a long layoff until the next round of qualifiers, so we'll revisit this issue when the time comes.