The 22-year-old Tottenham Hotspur defender was sent off a few minutes into the second half of Saturday's Copa America clash after being booked twice in quick succession for a pair of poor challenges.
The US national team secured a 1-0 win over Paraguay on Saturday night in Philadelphia to progress to the quarter-finals of the Copa America Centenario, but their task wasn’t made easy due to a flash of immaturity from DeAndre Yedlin.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s side went into the break at Lincoln Financial Field leading 1-0 thanks to Clint Dempsey’s 27th-minute strike, but the second half had barely got going before Yedlin had put them down to 10 men in foolish fashion.
The Tottenham Hotspur right-back, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, rushed into back-to-back challenges to earn two quick bookings and a deserved red card that left his side forced to play on the back foot for the rest of the match.
Speaking to MLSSoccer.com after the game, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was careful not to be too harsh on the 22-year-old defender but accepted that the referee made the correct decision after getting a chance to take another look at the two tackles.
"The first reaction is inexperience,” Klinsmann said. “He got emotional. He makes the first tackle because he has to make that recovery run. I was not sure about the first one; I thought the first one he played the ball, but seeing it [later], it was a foul. You can give that yellow.
“Then he just lost his head for a second,” the German continued. “This is why you are young. You’ve got to give him that benefit of the doubt. You’ve got to give him that credit. He will learn from that mistake. Just cool down for a couple minutes and find your path in the game again.”
Fortunately for Yedlin, Paraguay failed to take advantage of his sending-off, as the result means the USA go through to the Copa’s last eight as Group A winners after Colombia’s 3-2 loss to Costa Rica saw them finish second on goal difference.
Klinsmann’s side still endured some shaky moments during the last 40 minutes, with goalkeeper Brad Guzan forced to make a fantastic double-save late on, but the way in which they responded to going down a man was certainly commendable.
“It was difficult situation,” added goalscorer Dempsey, who was substituted for defender Michael Orozco shortly after Yedlin’s ejection. “The first one I didn’t think was a foul. The second one was, but the first one I thought DeAndre got the ball. Any time you go a man down it’s always difficult but, man, I’m happy we responded.”
The USA will now play Group B’s runner-up in Seattle next Thursday for place in the semi-finals, with the matchup pitting them against either Brazil, Peru or Ecuador.
Yedlin’s red card means he will be suspended for the game and will likely be replaced in the line-up by the versatile Orozco, who started last month’s 4-0 friendly victory over Bolivia on the right-hand side of defence.