Nightmare Tuesday night for DeAndre Yedlin
DeAndre Yedlin returned to international football for his first action in seven months.
The Newcastle defender sat out Friday’s 7-0 win over Cuba but was recalled to the starting eleven against Canada last night (the early hours of Wednesday morning UK time).
He will wish he hadn’t bothered.
Canada hadn’t won any of their last 17 meetings with the USA but that changed last night.
The victory was a surprise and the manner of it even more so, with Canada by far the better team despite ranked 54 places lower in the world rankings, 75th to the USA’s 21st.
Playing at right-back, DeAndre Yedlin contributed next to nothing going forward and struggled at the back. His night topped off when caught out of position, he was at fault when Davies gave Canada a 63rd minute lead.
Yedlin was then subbed on 74 minutes ahead of Canada adding a second through Cavallini in added time.
In the ESPN match report, the Newcastle player was rated only 2 out of 10 for his display:
‘DeAndre Yedlin, 2 — Rarely got to show his speed in pushing forward on the right flank, contributing to the U.S. struggles going forward. Also failed to get back on the Davies goal and had his fair share of lost balls.’
DeAndre Yedlin did well against Man Utd when returning to the Newcastle starting line-up and will need to bounce back to that kind of form at Chelsea on Saturday. It was little consolation that Chelsea star Christian Pulisic had an equally bad game going forward for the USA and was also subbed.
Wednesday 9 October
Liberia 1 Chad 0 – ACON Two-legged Qualifier (Mo Sangare)
Making his fifth international appearance, the NUFC midfielder played the first 56 minutes of the first leg win.
Thursday 10 October
Serbia 1 Paraguay 0 – Friendly (Miguel Almiron)
Not a great night for Miguel Almiron, booked in the 43rd minute he got a second yellow in the 54th minute which added up to a red.
Then to make matters worse, former NUFC striker scored Serbia’s winner in the last minute.
Slovakia 1 Wales 1 – EC Qualifier (Martin Dubravka)
Martin Dubravka was beaten in the 25th minute by Kieffer Moore but Slovakia equalised in the 53rd minute through Kucka. Dubravka’s team then dominating but unable to find a winner.
With two group games left to play, Slovakia are three points behind leaders Croatia and a point ahead of third placed Hungary.
Friday 11 October
USA 7 Cuba 0 – CONCACAF Nations League (DeAndre Yedlin)
DeAndre Yedlin sat out this seven goal thrashing, the NUFC defender watching on as USMNT raced into a 6-0 lead at half-time, before easing off after the break.
Saturday 12 October
Malta 0 Sweden 4 – EC Qualifier (Emil Krafth)
As usual, an unused sub for the 90 minutes.
This easy win leaves the Swedes in second, five points behind Spain and one ahead of Romania, with three group games remaining.
Denmark 1 Switzerland 0 – EC Qualifier (Fabian Schar)
A blow for Switzerland and the NUFC defender who played the full 90 minutes, an 84th minute Poulsen goal winning the match.
Switzerland now four points behind joint leaders Denmark and Ireland, with a crunch game on Tuesday night when the Swiss host the Irish – only three and two games left respectively in the group.
Sunday 13 October
Chad 1 Liberia 0 (1-1 aggregate and Chad win 5-4 on penalties) – ACON Two-legged Qualifier (Mo Sangare)
Slovakia 1 Paraguay 1 – Friendly (Miguel Almiron and Martin Dubravka)
Neither Newcastle player was involved, not even named on the bench.
Almiron potentially banned after a red card against Serbia, whilst Slovakia presumably using the friendly as a chance to give their second choice keeper a game.
Tuesday 15 October
Sweden 1 Spain 1 – EC Qualifier (Emil Krafth)
Krafth yet again watched all 90 minutes from the bench.
Spain equalised in added time but Sweden are favourites to qualify as Group F runners-up, one point above third placed Romania with two games to play.
Switzerland 2 Republic of Ireland 0 – EC Qualifier (Fabian Schar)
A dominant display by Switzerland with Fabian Schar playing the full 90 minutes.
Goals in the 16th and 93rd minute settling the game although the winning margin could have been higher.
If Switzerland win their two final Group D games in November they will definitely qualify. Next they play second bottom of the group Georgia at home and then pointless Gibraltar at home, Schar and his colleagues now looking hot favourites to qualify for the finals.
Canada 2 USA 0 – CONCACAF Nations League (DeAndre Yedlin)
A night to forget for Yedlin.
His first international appearance for seven months lasted 74 minutes before he was subbed, having a poor game and at fault for Canada’s opening goal. A really bad result for the Newcastle defender and his international teammates as they lost to a team ranked 54 places below them.
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