DeAndre Yedlin limped off in the 72nd-minute of the US national team's 2-0 win over Panama after another disappointing outing.
The US national team completed their winter training camp with a 2-0 victory over Panama on Sunday afternoon at the StubHub Center to snap their five-game winless streak.
Michael Bradley netted directly from a corner in the 27th-minute, before promising striker Gyasi Zardes played a ball through to captain Clint Dempsey to double the home side’s lead 10 minutes later with his 40th international goal.
Having reverted back to a 4-4-2 formation after the failed 3-5-2 experiment against Chile, Jurgen Klinsmann’s side looked much-improved against their CONCACAF rivals, with solid individual performances coming from the likes of first-time starters Gyasi Zardes and Miguel Ibarra, as well as veterans Bradley and Dempsey.
However, Tottenham Hotspur's DeAndre Yedlin was not among whose to distinguished themselves, as the right-back followed up last week’s laboured display with another disappointing outing for the stars and stripes.
Allowed to join the US team by his new club last month in order to get his match fitness up, the youngster saw his defensive performance in the 3-2 defeat in Chile come in for criticism from both fans and the media, and it was the case of more of the same against Panama.
After a horrendous early back pass set the tone for a shaky first-half, the Spurs prospect recovered somewhat to show some bright moments going forward after the break, but it was an overall lacklustre outing which instilled little confidence.
More concerning, though, was when he was forced off in the 72nd-minute after a hard challenge from behind left him clutching his leg in pain, although head coach Klinsmann did not seem overly concerned in his post-match interview.
Now heading back to Spurs to resume his club career, one would hope the injury isn’t anything serious enough to hamper his start to life at White Hart Lane, having seen just 60 minutes of action for the reserves since arriving from the Seattle Sounders last month.
Judging from the general sentiment among US fans, he will have a hard enough time adapting to English football as it is, with the following being a few of the Twitter-based reactions to his latest showing.
That's why Tottenham was ok with Yedlin's #USMNT camp inclusion.— Eric Krakauer (@bigsoccerheadNY) February 8, 2015
Yedlin looking like a 12-year-old boy right now.— Ryan Capouch (@RyanCapouch) February 8, 2015
Is Yedlin aware this is a real, live game?— Thayne Griffin (@thayne_griffin) February 8, 2015
How long til Yedlin is back in MLS?— Bean (@gbean76) February 8, 2015
Tottenham is ruining DeAndre Yedlin.— Patrick Omega (@PatrickOmega) February 8, 2015
How's playing in Europe working for Yedlin? He almost scored an own goal and is looking really poor.— Blake Staley (@blakestaley) February 8, 2015
Rough start for Yedlin. Rough January, really.— Josh Farrar (@jfarrar90) February 8, 2015
Yedlin: because too many good things happened to Spurs this weekend #USAvPAN— Russ Andolina (@rjandolina) February 8, 2015
Yedlin is a train wreck ... athleticism & fitness can be quickly negated by poor judgment and/or shortcoming in skills— Robert (@Epicentered) February 8, 2015
Yedlin looks so sloppy with his play so far— Jordan Wilkins (@JordanJwilkins) February 8, 2015
Yedlin looking sloppy. Yeah, he'll fit right in with Spurs.— DCF (@DrunkCuseFan) February 8, 2015
Spurs have ruined Yedlin already— Zech Mengis (@TheMengisKhan) February 8, 2015
Yedlin's confidence looks shot. Damn— Danny D (@DannyD_AVFC) February 8, 2015
Yedlin is just sleep walking. I would sub him out right now and send a message.— Johannes Schneider (@jocoolwu) February 8, 2015
Yedlin has been so poor since the WC.— Lukasz Pietraszko (@ProdigalReality) February 8, 2015
As much as usmnt is winning by...yedlin has been horrendous in almost every facet of the game— Chris Berger (@bergiztheword) February 8, 2015