A nightmare scenario has unfolded for DeAndre Yedlin.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning (UK time), everything that could go wrong, did go wrong, for the Newcastle defender and his international teammates.

In a Newcastle-style implosion, the USMNT managed to avoid qualification for the World Cup finals in Russia next summer.

Four days earlier, DeAndre Yedlin played well in an excellent 4-0 thrashing of Panama, to seemingly swipe away any chance of failing to qualify for the first time since 1986.

The US were in a final (after earlier qualifying stages to reach this point) six team CONCACAF group, the final round of matches to be played.

Yedlin and his teammates were up against Trinidad and Tobago, needing only a point for automatic qualification against a team that had lost eight of their nine matches and were guaranteed to be bottom of the group.

What is more, with nothing to play for, Trinidad and Tobago put out an experimental side of younger inexperienced players.

The Americans fell behind in the 17th minute to an own goal by Omar Gonzalez, with 38 year old former Man Utd and Everton keeper Tim Howard conjuring up images of the 40 year old Peter Shilton in Italia 90, needing only to walk a couple of paces back to catch the ball but instead it simply dropped over his head (watch below).

Alvin Jones then doubled the home side’s lead 20 minutes later with a decent long range effort but Tim Howard didn’t make much of an effort with that one either.

Christian Pulisic pulled one back only two minutes after the break and from then on it was pretty much defence v attack with the USMNT needing only one more goal for that automatic qualification.

It wasn’t to be and the 2-1 defeat is now being talked about as the most embarrassing performance in US team’s history.

Despite their defeat, the US had the comfort of knowing that only a very unlikely set of results elsewhere could still deny them third place in the group and automatic qualifying, or at least fourth place and the play-offs.

The top two in the group, Costa Rica and Mexico, were up against fourth and fifth placed Panama and Honduras. the top two had already qualified and between them lost only one of the 18 group matches they had played.

Of course the inevitable happened, group winners Mexico lost their first group match, going down 3-2 to Honduras.

Whilst Panama beat group runners-up Costa Rica 2-1.

The net result meaning DeAndre Yedlin and his international colleagues miss out on Russia 2018.

It will be little consolation for him but Yedlin was arguably the best player against Trinidad and Tobago – and in the player ratings by Goal, nobody got a higher mark than him on the visiting team.

DEANDRE YEDLIN, 6: Created flashes of danger with his energy down the flank and did well to limit opportunities on his side.

Hopefully Yedlin will return fully fit and desperate to make up for that defeat, when Newcastle face Southampton on Sunday, the defender having been excellent since he returned from injury.



  • Wor Lass

    After reading the headline I thought he must have been injured. Bit of click-baiting going on there, Jackie.

    • Philippines

      Perhaps she could have added ‘sex change priest in drug mercy dash’?

      • Wor Lass

        Jackie is a “he”, actually – perhaps HE`s the sex change priest!

  • TwinFire

    This is a great article but WHY THE CLICK BAIT HEADLINE!???!?! I would have been more interested/likely to read this article if it just said something like Yedlin & USA miss World Cup!

  • steve pearce

    That’s what happens when soccer (as they call it) is a minority sport whose teams usually comprise past it footballers from all over Europe and there is very little home grown talent. Don’t worry DeAndre – we still love you and you can take out all your angst on Southampton!

    • Dellashio

      And yet they have still qualified more times than us in the last 30 year. Its a bit rich and england fan having a go at another country tbf.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    Even with Soccer being the 5th sport in the US (behind Football, Basketball, Baseball and Hockey) a nation of 300 million people should still have enough talent to beat one of 1.3 million. An absolute garbage fire. If Bruce Arena and USF head Sunil Gulati are still in charge by the end of the month, there ought to be boycotts.