Twitter reacts to DeAndre Yedlin's USA performance against Guatemala

DeAndre Yedlin Jermaine Jones

The Tottenham Hotspur-owned Sunderland defender played the majority of Friday night's World Cup qualifier in midfield as Jurgen Klinsmann's side slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat.

The US national team saw a 21-game unbeaten run against Guatemala end on Friday night as they fell to a shock 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Guatemala City.

The hosts scored both their goals within the opening 15 minutes, as Rafael Morales headed home a corner in the seventh minute before Carlos Ruiz latched onto a long goal-kick and slotted past Tim Howard to leave Jurgen Klinsmann’s side reeling.

The result leaves the US in third place in Group C of CONCACAF’s semi-final round of qualification with four points from three games, three points behind leaders Trinidad and Tobago and two behind Guatemala ahead of Tuesday night’s high-pressure rematch in Columbus.

Head coach Klinsmann was already under mounting pressure following his team’s semi-final exit in last year’s Gold Cup and subsequent loss to Mexico in the Confederations Cup playoff, and Friday night’s performance offered plenty of examples of why so many have been calling for his departure.

As has become the norm throughout his reign, the German used several players out of position on the night, including Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin. The 22-year-old, who is currently on a season-long loan at Sunderland, has featured exclusively at right-back during his club career but made yet another international start on the wing and unsurprisingly struggled at the position.

Aside from creating one decent chance shortly after the break, the former Seattle Sounders youngster was essentially invisible for much of the game and managed to complete just one pass in the final third. He looked a bit more comfortable once moved to right-back for the final half-hour, but the damage was already done at that point.

As expected, the pacey wide man’s display didn’t garner many favourable reviews on Twitter during or after the game, but most seemed to recognise that Klinsmann’s decision to play him in an advanced role had a lot to do with his ineffectiveness.

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