The US national team failed to bounce back from the weekend’s soul-crushing CONCACAF Cup defeat on Tuesday night as they suffered a 1-0 friendly defeat to Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
After Saturday’s 3-2 extra-time loss to Mexico, Jurgen Klinsmann’s men desperately needed a win to lift the mood around the team ahead of the next month’s first two World Cup qualifiers but a 70th-minute goal from Arsenal striker Joel Campbell instead condemned them to a third straight home defeat.
Few US players gave a good account of themselves on the night, as Costa Rica largely dominated from start to finish against a side that started seven new faces following the Mexico match.
Sunderland’s Tottenham Hotspur loanee DeAndre Yedlin was one of those to come into line-up, as he took up his usual place for the States on the right-hand side of midfield, but the defender-cum-winger proceeded to endure a frustrating 90 minutes.
The 22-year-old showed his game-changing ability on Saturday by setting up Bobby Wood’s extra-time strike after coming off the bench in the 78th-minute but there were few signs of that talent on this occasion, as his end product was nowhere to be seen.
While he only misplaced two passes all game, the speedy Spurs prospect often found himself running into blind allies when receiving the ball in the attacking third and impressed more when getting back to defend.
Having spent the entirety of his club career at right-back, plenty of US fans have continued to question Klinsmann’s decision to persist with using him in midfield and it was not hard to find such sentiment on Twitter following the Costa Rica clash.
Here is a sampling of the reactions to the former Seattle Sounders star’s performance…
Yedlin’s one attacking skill is speed. That is it. Poor first touch, not a great passer, and a really poor finisher. He is a RB.— Trevor (@tsbarnhill) October 13, 2015
Why is Deandre Yedlin not playing every minute at right back? He will never excel at his own position if he's constantly played out of it— Charles Delmar (@delmar_charles) October 14, 2015
Yedlin's not a midfielder. I'm sorry, he just isn't. No nose for the goal, can't get that final ball into the box. #USMNT— Halloween Pun (@ZeroAlucard27) October 14, 2015
Why is Yedlin constantly playing RM. he's not a RM, he's a RB...— Travis Stewart (@T_Stew123) October 14, 2015
Yedlin is a defender. Other than pace he offers nothing in attack! Play him at RB!— Jake Lee (@jwl_15) October 14, 2015
I wish Yedlin was 1/2 as good at soccer as he was at running fast #USMNT— Archie Reed (@ArchAngel97) October 14, 2015
HEY GUESS WHAT YEDLIN ISNT A WINGER SIGN ME UP FOR USMNT MANAGER— MH (@TimHalpert) October 14, 2015
Yedlin is not a winger.— Carson Whittaker (@cwhitt18) October 14, 2015
If Yedlin can learn to control the ball like a winger, he'll be a force on the pitch. If not, he'll just be fast. Clumsy but fast. #USMNT— Andrew N. Wegmann (@Metzgurdlin) October 14, 2015
DeAndre Yedlin's touches have not been good all night. #USAvCRC— Rachael McKriger (@TheeMcKriger) October 14, 2015
Not sure which team Yedlin is playing for right now. #USAvCRC— Peter Michael Green (@seminarysgrdady) October 14, 2015
Yedlin has the speed of a Gazelle but Boulders for feet sometimes— Adam Epstein (@The1SportsNerd) October 14, 2015
How is Yedlin's first touch consistently so bad?— kino (@kino2g) October 14, 2015
What is it going to take for Klinsmann to give Yedlin a shot at his best position? His effectiveness is limited as a winger.— Randy Meeker (@meeker253) October 14, 2015
Yedlin reminds me of a young Walcott...all that pace but no soccer brain to do anything with it.— Martin van Nostrand (@theJON_TRON) October 14, 2015
Deandre Yedlin: Not good enough at defending to defend. Not good enough at attacking to attack.— Chris Miller (@YCtheflea) October 14, 2015