DeAndre Yedlin had a fine Copa America. He wasn’t particularly great, but it was clear Sunderland was good to him in a positional defensive sense in the 2015-16 season, and his one real moment of madness involved a couple yellow cards and a sending off against Paraguay.
In the interim, he proved himself as a pretty good fullback who’s still somewhat naive defensively. But don’t forget those afterburners. He still has those.
The U.S. didn’t register a single shot in the 4-0 Copa America semifinal loss to Argentina, but Yedlin did do this thing. He chased down Messi in a flat foot race and broke up a breakaway. ‘Merica. In the absence of technical ability, we can run fast and jump high. This is what we do.
Yedlin usually gets one of these a tournament, and the last time he did this he was chasing down Eden Hazard in the Round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup. Next, we only have to wait until 2018 for him to out-run Memphis Depay and derp his possession out of bounds.