The US national team squandered two leads after goals from Brek Shea and Jozy Altidore to lose 3-2 in Wednesday night’s friendly against Chile.
Former Stoke City winger Shea put the US in front on six minutes after getting onto the end of a Matt Besler through ball, before striker Roberto Gutierrez pegged the visitors back four minutes later.
Altidore restored their advantage just after the half-hour with a low shot from the edge of the box following Mix Diskerud’s neat cut-back pass, but a second-half double from ex-Liverpool wide man Mark Gonzalez saw the South Americans claim the win in Rancagua.
Among the notable starters for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side on the night was Tottenham Hotspur youngster DeAndre Yedlin, who had been given permission to travel to the match by his club side in order to get back into competitive form, having failed to appear for the first-team since arriving earlier this month.
Starting at right wing-back in a 3-5-2 formation, the promising defender had a number of bright moments going forward, most notably in the first-half, when he came close to scoring in the 15th-minute after a well-timed run and shot, before later playing in Diskerud in the build up to the second goal.
However, the 21-year-old's defensive deficiencies were once again on display on this occasion, as his poor positioning played a significant role in Chile’s second and third goals.
An exciting but raw package of tools, most US fans realise that the former Seattle Sounders product is far from the finished article at this stage, and the reaction to his performance on Twitter was largely what one would expect to see after an up and down outing.
Big huge fan of Yedlin as an attacking threat, but he’s as much of an RB as I am.— Buffalo COYS (@BuffaloCOYS) January 29, 2015
Yedlin was once again under utilized.— David Andrews (@dandrew5) January 29, 2015
Yedlin got beat a lot, especially in second half.— Tyler Thorn (@TimberTyler) January 29, 2015
These guys don't want to point out Yedlin's momentarily lapses in concentration? Burned for the 2nd goal and involved in the the 3rd #USMNT— The American Dream (@DreamAmericana) January 29, 2015
I’m excited for us to get to the chapter where we don’t talk as much about how fast Yedlin is, and focus more on how good he is.— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) January 29, 2015
Yedlin seemed a bit distant. Not his normal self— |MuricaSoccer| (@muricasoccer) January 29, 2015
FT: Chile 3-2 USA -- weakest lnik: Yedlin at right wing back. Need a guy that does not push up as much.— Aydin Reyhan (@AReySportsNews) January 29, 2015
Not that it's all on Yedlin, but the guy he was marking tonight (who wasn't good enough to cut it at LFC) had his way with him & scored 2x— ryan z (@ryanz93) January 29, 2015
Yedlin said his fitness was an issue & it's really shown in the 2nd half— Ian M. Walker (@ForgottenLibero) January 29, 2015
Seriously, how do we convince Yedlin to give a damn about playing defense? #USMNT— Amy Bernhardt (@amy_laura) January 29, 2015
Yedlin could make the World XI for ball watching.— Dan (@landycakez) January 29, 2015
Brutal touch from Yedlin. That's the kind of stuff that keeps you on the bench at Tottenham— Kevin Kinkead (@KevinKCBS3) January 29, 2015
Yedlin apparently not learning from Christian Eriksen.— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) January 28, 2015