DeAndre Yedlin started in the USA’s 4-2 defeat to Colombia during the early hours of Friday.
The right-back played the full 90 minutes, as the Americans threw away a 2-1 lead at home.
Yedlin is a regular for the United States, having already played more than 50 times for his country despite being just 25-years-old.
However, the Newcastle defender received his fair share of criticism on Twitter following the USMT’s defeat to Colombia.
How fans reacted to Yedlin’s performance
I get your frustration, I do. I was only highlighting how people want him out for the same reason others are getting a pass. Yedlin has been subpar last few matches and this was the second game Robinson failed to hit the mark. We are stacked with midfielders, …
— Raidedex (@Juaniboca) October 12, 2018
And unfortunately Deandre Yedlin is still not that good of a defender. I hate to say it. But his positioning still isn’t what I would want from a premier league defender.
— Sir Kicks A Lot (@sirkicksalot176) October 12, 2018
Entire back line was dissapointing. Yedlin often dropped into space to effectively screen the keeper, Robinson made sure to offset any speed advantage by always being grossly out of position, and Brooks looked like a baby giraffe learning to walk with his awkwardness.
— Broward Maryan (@Puckhead48E) October 12, 2018
Takeaways from this friendly:
1) Both full-back spots are open Yedlin can be decent on the right flank but lacks consistency and the left is nonexistent
2) Hire Berhalter NOW. This team has little to no guidance
3) Someone, please force Bradley to retire from #USMNT football.
— Adam Subotin (@AdamSUBotin) October 12, 2018
— McMurphy SZN (@TheNewSwampAss) October 12, 2018
Yedlin is awful as well. Gives the ball away and is terrible with it at his feet.
— Jon Tweet (@jontweet1978) October 12, 2018
The right-back has proven to be a good signing for Newcastle since arriving in 2016, but he still has his flaws.
If he didn’t have pace, he likely wouldn’t have a career. And a lack of real competition has seen him start more games than many for Newcastle over the past few years.
Defensively, he’s not as sound as you’d like, especially compared to someone like Paul Dummett.
But Yedlin can certainly do a job for Newcastle, and will surely only continue to get better defensively under Rafa Benitez.