Assessing the Bright Future of USMNT's DeAndre Yedlin

By John Pavia
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USMNT and Seattle Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin has certainly earned himself a large amount of attention with his excellent play in the 2014 World Cup and because of it, he seems set to join AS Roma on a transfer.

The 20-year-old right back turned heads with his incredible speed and ability and will cause problems going forward for opposing defenders in the games he appears in. His pace was the source of the goal that put the United States ahead of Portugal as Yedlin blew past his defender and got to the end line to cross a ball into the box. It was knocked around before finding Clint Dempsey‘s chest, and then the back of the net.

While he did play in the right midfield spot for quite some time, Yedlin filled in admirably for Fabian Johnson when he went down injured in the knockout game against Belgium. He was tasked with defending one of the most talented young players in the world in Eden Hazard and held up well under pressure.

Yedlin’s apparent move to Roma, Michael Bradley‘s former club, is a clear step forward for him as the level of play in Serie A is drastically better than what he would face in the MLS. It’s also the kind of move that USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann has stated he wants to see for his players. Playing against top competition in one of the world’s best leagues is something Klinsmann believes will help to take a player’s game to the highest level possible.

For Yedlin, he still has many things to work on in regards to the technical side of the game. Athletically, you can’t ask for a better right-sided model than what Yedlin has shown us so far. He is capable of playing both right back or right midfield and he will continue to improve as far as individual technique.

Looking ahead, the idea of a Yedlin and Johnson right side for the USMNT is extremely pleasing. Johnson was one of the team’s most indispensable players during this World Cup and is still relatively young. Like Yedlin, he can also play either right-sided position and has a terrific attacking mindset that Klinsmann wants.

If Yedlin continues to improve, there is no reason why he could not continue to move up to bigger and better clubs in the future. He has all the tools to succeed with the club and country for many years to come and his future should have all USMNT fans excited about what is to come.

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