Jurgen Klinsmann backheels two balls at the same time

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Jurgen Klinsmann showcased a brilliant piece of individual skill during the United States' 3-2 international friendly defeat against Chile last night, after nonchalantly back-heeling two footballs simultaneously on the touchline.

The German head coach was powerless to prevent his USA side from losing a third consecutive game, having now recorded just one solitary win in their last nine outings since beating Ghana in their opening game of the 2014 World Cup last summer.

Brek Shea broke the deadlock at a sold-out Estadio El Teniente soon after the interval, but moments later Roberto Gutierrez drew the South Americans level. Former Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore restored USA's lead before a brace from Mark Gonzalez swung the game in Chile's favour.

Klinsmann will be growing increasingly concerned about his side's flaky back-line after conceding nine second half goals in the past five international games.

Perhaps he needs to start working more rigorously on the defensive side of the game, and leave the sort of showboating he produced in Rancagua well alone with their winless run now extending to five games.

After experimenting with a new 3-5-2 formation the Tottenham Hotspur legend will be worried about the way in which his players faded after the interval in what was a relatively low-key affair.

Klinsmann will be looking for a significant improvement over the coming months in the build up to this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup, starting with a better performance against Panama at Los Angeles Galaxy's StubHub Center on 8 February when they return to California for the next part of their winter training camp.

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