Five things learn from the USA's win over Germany - Guzan, Yedlin, Morris feature

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Five days after beating the Netherlands 4-3, Jurgen Klinsmann's men secured a shock 2-1 win over Germany on Wednesday night in Cologne.

US in save hands with Brad Guzan

The Aston Villa goalkeeper has endured a tough time of late after being benched for the Premier League run-in but he put those troubles aside last night with a second straight dominant performance against a European powerhouse.

Named as the USA’s starter for the upcoming Gold Cup, some fans might have been concerned that his recent club struggles could affect his international form but the 30-times capped custodian showed no signs of rust as he produced a number of crucial saves to help keep his side in the match.

With Everton’s Tim Howard due to return from his self-imposed international hiatus in September, the Chicago-native needs a good summer to hold onto the number one job and, so far, it looks to be going well.

Game-changer DeAndre Yedlin deserves a start

After an outstanding 33-minute cameo in midfield against the Netherlands, the versatile speedster made another second-half appearance on the right wing and proved just as influential, offering some much-needed width and burning the German defence on several occasions.

The debate remains over what his optimum position is but, with first-choice right-back Timothy Chandler continuing to struggle at the international level, the 21-year-old has made an excellent case over the past two friendlies to return to the line-up.

Despite a lack of minutes with Tottenham Hotspur, which contributed to him losing his starting spot in the first place, it looks like the White Hart Lane coaching is starting to work its magic.

Kyle Beckerman: The ageless warrior

At age 33, most assumed Beckerman would be out of the national team picture after the 2014 World Cup but 12 months later and the Real Salt Lake midfielder is still in the squad and, what is more, putting in some of his best performances to date.

Brought on for the disappointing Danny Williams at half-time of the Germany clash, the veteran proceeded to prove a major upgrade in his no-nonsense role in front of the back four, keeping things ticking over with his expert passing and positioning.

While the likes of Columbus Crew SC’s Wil Trapp and D.C. United’s Perry Kitchen have been earmarked as potential successors, the dreadlocked warrior will be going nowhere on current form.

Dear Jordan Morris: Please turn pro

If it was not clear enough after last week’s 4-3 comeback win over the Netherlands then Wednesday’s match made it further evident that Stanford University striker Jordan Morris needs to be in either MLS or Europe as soon as possible.

Having come on to set up Bobby Wood’s stoppage-time winner against the Dutch, the college sophomore again made a big impact off the bench, almost scoring with a thumping shot before executing a well-timed fake move to help Wood bag another late decider.

Aged just 20, the five times-capped forward has stated in recent months that he intends to spend another season at Stanford but, after following up last month’s goal against Mexico with another two solid run-outs, there might even be a few European teams attempting to sign up him before he heads back to the States.

Speaking on his future after the match, Morris told "The time might be coming, but I'm just going to take it step-by-step and decide what to do after the college season is over."

Bring on the Gold Cup!

After a frustrating run of results following the 2014 World Cup, back-to-back victories other major European opposition – with an understrength side no less - have the US back riding a wave of confidence ahead of next month’s Gold Cup.

With their disastrous streak of late collapses banished and the team now approaching games without fear, their odds of defending their 2013 title from the likes of CONCACAF rivals Mexico and Costa Rica look much-improved.

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