Ex-Tottenham forward Dempsey netted his seventh goal of the Gold Cup in Saturday's third place play-off defeat to Panama thanks to an assist from the current Spurs man.
DeAndre Yedlin may have endured a poor Gold Cup campaign but the US international at least managed to show a glimpse of his noted promise in Saturday’s third place play-off against Panama.
Replacing Graham Zusi on the hour with the US 1-0 down, the Tottenham Hotspur defender settled into his spot on the right wing and made his impact felt 10 minutes later when linking up with fellow substitute and ex-Spurs forward Clint Dempsey.
Latching onto a Michael Bradley ball over the top, the 22-year-old used his speed to get in behind the defence before showing great composure in the face of a charging goalkeeper to turn and find Dempsey, who slotted home for his seventh goal of the tournament.
However, after suffering a 2-1 semi-final defeat to Jamaica on Wednesday, Jurgen Klinsmann’s men would go on to endure another upset loss at PPL Park, Philadelphia, as Panama prevailed 3-2 on penalties following a goalless extra-time.
The result was no less than the home side deserved, though, having allowed their opponents to fire off 25 shots compared to their own five to mark the end of a lacklustre Gold Cup, in which they failed to finish in the top three for the first time since 2000.
While some like Dempsey did manage to give a good account of themselves over the course of the tournament, there were plenty of others in the squad who failed to live up to their billing, including Yedlin.
The former Seattle Sounders right-back earned a midfield start for the opening win over Group A rivals Honduras but his disappointing outing saw him forced to settle for four appearances off the bench over the remaining five matches.
He flashed brief glimpses of potential in those cameos but also clear defensive decencies, wastefulness in possession and questionable crossing skills – issues which have been well-documented at this point and certainly do not bode well for his first-team chances at Tottenham this season.
Earning just 11 minutes of action over the second half of last term after arriving from Seattle, the two-time MLS All-Star has since seen head coach Mauricio Pochettino sign Kieran Trippier for Burnley to compete with incumbent Kyle Walker for the starting right-back spot, leaving him facing questions over his immediate future at White Hart Lane.
Taking up a more advanced role in the Argentine’s side like he occupies for the US could be an option but, given his recent struggles, it looks far more likelier that he will head out on loan in order to hone his tantalising but immensely raw skills.