December 1, 2022

‘These guys have performed HUGE tournaments’: DeAndre Yedlin rejects fears the USMNT is simply too inexperienced – regardless of the Inter Miami defender being the ONLY participant on the roster to have been at a World Cup earlier than


USMNT full-back DeAndre Yedlin has claimed a younger American squad can be ‘fantastic’ coping with the pressures of Qatar regardless of the group’s lack of World Cup expertise.

The USA are the second-youngest squad within the match behind Ghana, and Yedlin, 29, is the one member of the roster who appeared within the crew’s final World Cup look – Brazil 2014.

However the Inter Miami defender has pointed to the crew’s familiarity with different big-game environments within the buildup to the crew’s first match vs. Wales. 

DeAndre Yedlin is just 29 however is without doubt one of the oldest members of a younger USMNT squad

Christian Pulisic celebrates winning the Champions League in 2021 for Chelsea vs. Man City

Christian Pulisic celebrates successful the Champions League in 2021 for Chelsea vs. Man Metropolis

‘, clearly, this crew is rather a lot youthful,’ Yedlin mentioned.

‘However in that, a whole lot of the fellows that this group have expertise at, you recognize, enormous tournaments around the globe, you recognize, whether or not or not it’s, you recognize, Christian [Pulisic] within the Champions League. 

‘I imply, that’s one other large match. So a whole lot of these guys have experiences in very massive video games. So I’m positive that’ll be fantastic.’

As famous by Yedlin, Chelsea winger Pulisic is a Champions League participant (and winner), whereas Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, Sergino Dest, Gio Reyna, Brenden Aaronson, Tim Weah and Cameron-Carter Vickers have additionally appeared within the prestigious European competitors.

Yedlin has played for Inter Miami since departing Galatasaray earlier this year

Yedlin has performed for Inter Miami since departing Galatasaray earlier this yr

Projected beginning keeper Matt Turner has additionally performed within the Europa League just lately for Arsenal, whereas Yedlin himself spent 5 years at Newcastle earlier than transferring to Sunderland and later Galatasaray. 

Nonetheless, whereas a lot of the USMNT squad are extra seasoned than their ages would counsel, Yedlin is aware of nothing fairly replicates the World Cup. 

‘Truthfully, the entire time I’ve simply informed them that it’s laborious to clarify the expertise,’ he mentioned.

Yedlin could push for the starting right-back spot ahead of Sergino Dest in Qatar

Yedlin might push for the beginning right-back spot forward of Sergino Dest in Qatar

‘It’s a private factor. It’s one thing that everyone has completely different experiences of. I can inform them that, clearly, you recognize, once I was younger, I went in not likely figuring out what to anticipate. , I simply form of took it for what it’s, attempt to keep current. And that’s what the provide is. 

‘That’s the recommendation that I’ve supplied to those guys as effectively. Simply attempt to keep current. , it’s a journey. It’s an expertise that they’ll bear in mind for the remainder of their lives.’

Whereas Yedlin is an elder statesmen inside this USMNT group, he started his final World Cup journey as a little-known 20-year-old who emerged as a brilliant sub in the course of the match.

Yedlin began simply 5 of 14 matches in qualifying for Gregg Berhalter, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get the beginning nod at right-back given Dest’s inconsistent type. 

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