DeAndre Yedlin on his 'leadership role' within the USMNT

DeAndre Yedlin has actually ended up being an important part of the United States guys’s nationwide group, both on and off the field. 

The protector got his 2nd World Cup experience with the American side in 2022, after currently including in the 2014 edition of the global competitors. He stood as the only figure on the 26-player lineup with previous experience of the competition, moving him to a take on a various function. 

His very first time around, Yedlin was the second-youngest gamer on the team at simply twenty years old and 4 senior USMNT caps. He came off the bench in all 2014 group phase matches, assisting the American group reach the Round of 16. 

“In 2014, when I was going in, I didn’t really know anything, I didn’t even think I would be there,” he stated in a special interview with 90min

Eight years later on, he utilized the experience acquired in Brazil to assist the brand-new set of children in the United States camp. Despite the restricted time on the pitch, including just a replacement in the knockout match versus the Netherlands, Yedlin’s effect taxed the group. 

“This time around, it was a bit different,” he said.

“I think just the fact that I was older, and more experienced. I knew a little bit more of what to expect. I definitely grew into a more leadership role, whether that be on or off the field. Guys would come to me for advice, not necessarily soccer advice, but for conversations about life.”

And now, he has his sights set on 2026. 

“I know I am going to be a little bit older, but, and I actually said this to Tim Ream, he really inspired me. Being 35, and coming in to have the World Cup that he did, it really motivates me to keep pushing and give it a go. No reason it can’t happen,” Yedlin explained.

The USMNT started a new World Cup cycle in 2023, with several friendlies and Concacaf tournaments slated. The American team will not partake in qualifiers, earning an automatic place in the 2026 tournament for serving as one of three hosts with Canada and Mexico. 

But despite a limited amount of competition in the years leading up to the international tournament, Yedlin is convinced the team has the necessary tools to reach a World Cup final. 

“This past tournament was definitely needed, it was the first step. Everybody now has World Cup experience under their belt, so now everyone just needs to continue doing well for their club teams. Staying in form, staying injury free,” he stated smiling. 

“We definitely have a group that can get very far, and has potential to make it. But at the end of the day, potential is just potential, we have to put action to that. The coming years will be a very exciting time for the US.”

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