The 22-year-old defender came off the bench to set up Bobby Wood's extra-time strike in the USA's 3-2 CONCACAF Cup loss to Mexico.
DeAndre Yedlin may not have been able to prevent the US national team from falling to a 3-2 defeat in Saturday night’s CONCACAF Cup showdown with bitter rivals Mexico but the versatile speedster did manage to produce one moment of brilliance.
Replacing Gyasi Zardes in midfield in the 78th-minute, the 22-year-old defender-cum-winger struggled to get into the game to begin with as Oribe Peralta went on to restore Mexico’s lead in the sixth-minute of extra-time after Javier Hernandez and Geoff Cameron had traded blows in the first half.
However, he eventually made his impact felt 12 minutes later, assisting fellow substitute Bobby Wood’s equaliser with an exquisite through ball from the edge of the box to set up a tense finish at the Rose Bowl.
Sunderland’s Tottenham Hotspur loanee proceeded to spark into life during the closing stages with his pace down the flank but his attacking efforts would prove in vain in the end, as Paul Aguilar’s 118th-minute strike sealed Mexico’s place at the 2017 Confederations Cup at the expense of Jurgen Klinsmann’s men.
There is now serious pressure on the US head coach after his side’s disappointing fourth-place finish at the summer’s Gold Cup and, while US Soccer president Sunil Gulati has continued to stress that his job is save, most fans have seen enough at this point.
For Yedlin, though, as frustrating as he can be at times, the match was a clear reminder of his game-changing ability and, with a friendly against Costa Rica coming up on Tuesday night, he will have another chance to showcase his worth before heading back to Sunderland to continue his season-long loan spell.
Having endured difficult start to life at Tottenham, the 26-times capped American seems to be getting things back on track in the North East and made an impressive full Premier League debut at right-back in the Black Cats’ recent 2-2 draw with West Ham United.
However, with Sam Allardyce replacing Dick Advocaat at the helm on Friday, it remains to be seen whether he will be able to establish himself as a regular starter under the new boss.