DeAndre Yedlin was star man for the United States on Saturday as they played out a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Venezuela.
The friendly was organised as preparation for two World Cup qualifiers, the USA playing at home to Trinida and Tobago on Friday 9 June and then away to Mexico on Monday 12 June.
Bruce Arena took charge of the national team in November after Jurgen Klinsmann was sacked, following disappointing World Cup qualifying results.
Still finding his feet, the Manager didn’t impress the watching fans against Venezuela and they will hope for better in the upcoming qualifiers.
DeAndre Yedlin was rated the biggest attacking threat for the US team against Venezuela, with ESPN (see below) giving him top rating (7.5) alongside goalscorer Christian Pulisic and former Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, who made some crucial saves.
Manager rating out of 10:
4.5 — Whether it was Bruce Arena’s doing, the Americans didn’t look bright enough to give fans confidence ahead of a pair of crucial World Cup qualifiers. Arena might not put much stock in the result, but there is at least some concern that the disappointing draw will carry over against Trinidad & Tobago. The question is whether the U.S. boss got the value he was looking for out of the friendly.
GK Tim Howard, 7.5 — Made two massive saves when it looked like Venezuela was going to grab control of the game. Cemented his status as the No. 1 going forward.
DF DeAndre Yedlin, 7.5 — Probably the Americans’ most consistent player going forward on the night.
MF Christian Pulisic, 7.5 — Far from sharp, he put himself in a good spot at the top of the box before shifting to his left and finishing.
MLS Soccer also gave the Newcastle defender joint top rating:
DeAndre Yedlin (7.5)
‘Though he was a busier body in the first half, Yedlin and his wheels were a constant nuisance to Venezuela.
He did make a couple of strong recovery plays, but most of his impact came going forward.
The Newcastle defender was once often downgraded as an attacking threat due to inconsistency in providing dangerous crosses; in this game, six of his seven serves into the box caused stress and three found a teammate.’
Rafa Benitez will be waiting anxiously to see if DeAndre Yedlin is included in the USA’s CONCACAF Gold Cup squad.
The competition runs from the 7th to 26th of July which clashes with Newcastle’s preparations for the Premier League.
The Newcastle players returning for pre-season training on Monday 3 July and then the season kicking off on the weekend of Saturday 12 August.