The 22-year-old started on the right wing in Friday night's 2-1 friendly victory over Peru.
DeAndre Yedlin gave Sunderland supporters a glimpse of what he could offer their team this season on Friday night, as the Tottenham Hotspur loanee helped the US national team secure a 2-1 friendly win over Peru at RFK Stadium.
In their first match since a disappointing fourth-place finish at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the hosts went behind in the 20th-minute when Peru striker Diego Chavez’s shot looped over goalkeeper Brad Guzan after taking a wicked deflection off Omar Gonzalez.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s side began their comeback in the second-half, however, when stand-in captain Jozy Altidore won a spot-kick just before the hour and converted on the rebound after his initial attempt was saved.
Nine minutes later, the Toronto FC striker bagged his second thanks to Yedlin and fellow wide man Gyasi Zardes, who combined with some smart build-up play in and around the box to allow their skipper to tap in what proved to be the winner.
Altidore and Zardes ended up earning most of the plaudits after the match for their impressive shifts but there were a few other encouraging performances on the night, including from Yedlin.
Starting on the wing in his first appearance since securing a season-long loan move to Sunderland on deadline day, the versatile speedster caused the Peru defence big problems down the right with his pace and direct running and managed to provide a few dangerous balls into the area during his 90-minute run-out.
The former Seattle Sounders defender has endured a difficult eight months at the club level, having made just one 11-minute substitute appearance for Tottenham since his winter arrival, but he is now hoping to prove his Premier League credentials during his time at the Stadium of Light.
Whether Black Cats boss Dick Advocaat intends to use him at right-back or further up the pitch remains to be seen, but his midfield performance against Peru certainly left the USA’s Twitter-based fans impressed.
Yedlin has developed nicely in his short time in England. I cannot wait to see him in the 11 every week for Sunderland. #USMNT— John Peter (@JDubSPH) September 5, 2015
Yedlin has to get minutes at Sunderland. Right now he's speed and not much else. But you can see the potential. #USMNT— Paul Y. (@Paul_y09) September 5, 2015
Is it just me or is Yedlin literally twice as fast as everyone else on the field? #usmnt— aviel (@aviel) September 5, 2015
Yedlin's speed and acceleration are incredible. #USAvPER— LA Is Our House (@LAisOurHouse) September 5, 2015
Yedlin’s speed #USAvPER Do well on loan and come back to WHL asap.— Neil Wallace (@dblstarfool) September 5, 2015
Yedlin has been reckless at times, but really effective. Fantastic energy, which led directly to the second goal.— Alexander Abnos (@AnAbnos) September 5, 2015
Sunderland's gonna like that version of Yedlin. #USAvPER— Roderick MacNeil (@rodmacneil) September 5, 2015
A lot of negatives tonight but looking at positives: Yedlin has brought a lot and seems to be developing well. #USAvPER— Soccer in America (@soccer__america) September 5, 2015