Tottenham Hotspur's young American DeAndre Yedlin was a key performer for the United States as the Yanks defeated Guatemala 4-0 in a friendly match on Friday night. Yedlin grabbed two assists for Jurgen Klinsmann's side as the USA prepares to participate in the Gold Cup beginning next week.
Yedlin, who started as a right sided midfielder instead of his more customary right back position, nabbed his first assist in the 19th minute off of a cross into the box. The ball was deflected in the net as own goal by Carlos Castillo as USA opened their scoring account.
Yedlin's second assist came in the 58th minute as he fed the ball to right back Timmy Chandler, who fired a rocket of a shot from 25 yards out past a diving Paulo Motta to double USA's lead.
Yedlin had a very nice match as a right midfielder, and after a few appearances at this position in earlier friendlies against the Netherlands and Germany, it appears that Jurgen Klinsmann sees Yedlin as a potential midfield star. His pace and crossing ability were well on display against Guatemala, who to be fair, were rather poor opponents.
The Gold Cup is CONCACAF's equivalent to the UEFA European Championships. Should USA win the tournament, and they are one of the favorites along with Mexico to do so, they will participate in the 2017 Confederation's Cup tournament with the other federation champions in Russia. USA opens the Gold Cup with a match against Honduras on July 7 in Frisco, TX.