Newcastle’s new signing DeAndre Yedlin was in action on Friday night.
The American national team were playing away against St Vincent & The Grenadines and were convincing 6-0 winners.
A game played in 91f heat and 70% humidity created less than ideal conditions for a football match but the low standard of the opposition meant the result was never in doubt.
DeAndre Yedlin played the full 90 minutes and coped comfortably with his defensive duties and regularly joined in the attacking third as USA dominated.
The only negative was that the Newcastle full-back picked up a first half yellow card which means he misses the game against Trinidad and Tobago which will decide the winners of Group C in CONCACAF qualifying.
However, both countries have already qualified from the group and face yet another group stage, in the drawn out qualifying process.
That USA v Trinidad & Tobago match takes place on Tuesday night and no doubt Rafa Benitez won’t be too displeased as Newcastle face Derby County away only four days later, when the Championship matches commence once again.
Ironically, Newcastle dropping down a division has meant a significant increase in the number of players on international duty, with the likes of Hanley, Murphy, Ritchie, Clark, Sels and Atsu all joining Yedlin with trips away in this international break.