Jun 22, 2014; Manaus, Amazonas, BRAZIL; USA defender DeAndre Yedlin in the second half against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

USMNT: Who Is DeAndre Yedlin?

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Although the result of the USA-Portugal game might overshadow many player performances, it did mark the World Cup debut for one DeAndre Yedlin.   The speedster made his mark on the game by outrunning just about everyone and had a tremendous impact on the pitch.  Speed truly does kill, and Yedlin is a Hitman.

Born in Seattle, Washington on July 9th, 1993, Yedlin was born to be a soccer player.  Blessed with incredible speed and agility, Yedlin has already played great soccer, at such a young age.  Yedlin joined the Seattle Sounders‘ academy at the age of 16 and made his professional debut for the Sounders on March 2nd, 2013, in a home defeat against the Montreal Impact.  Yedlin is also Seattle’s first homegrown talent to play for the Sounders.  Yedlin was the first rookie since Michael Parkhurst in 2005 to be named to the MLS All Stars, where they played AS Roma in a friendly last July.

 

On January 4th, 2014, Yedlin earned his first call up to the USMNT where he would make his senior team debut against South Korea back in February.  Yedlin of course made his competitive debut for the Americans on Monday in USA’s heartbreaking draw against Portugal, where Yedlin was key in setting up that go ahead second goal by Clint Dempsey.

 

The future is bright for Yedlin, at only 20 years of age there is no reason Yedlin won’t become a huge part of the USMNT in the future, while making an impact right now.  His blinding speed and ball skills are great for a defender, and a full back team of him and Fabian Johnson are enough to keep defenders having nightmares with the overlapping and attacking possibilities.  The future is bright for young DeAndre, and it has only begun for him.

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