Klinsmann blames inexperience, youth for Yedlin ejection

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER.

by Deny Gallagher

The United States Men’s National Team will be without defender DeAndre Yedlin for the quarterfinal of the Copa America Centenario.

In the second half, the Sunderland man picked up two yellow cards in quick succession. The outside back’s two cautions led to the player’s ejection on Saturday night.

The series of fouls sent head coach Jurgen Klinsmann into a tizzy, flailing his arms in disbelief after the call.

“The first reaction is [it’s] inexperience,” Klinsmann said of his take on the Yedlin ejection. “He got emotional. He got caught emotionally. He makes the first tackle because he has to make that recovery run. I was not sure about the first one; I thought the first one he played the ball, but seeing it [later], it was a foul. You can give that yellow.

“Then he just lost his head for a second. This is why you are young,” he continued. “You’ve got to give him that benefit of the doubt. You’ve got to give him that credit. He will learn from that mistake. Just cool down for a couple minutes and find your path in the game again.”

Down a defender and a man, Clint Dempsey gave way for Michael Orozco in the 50th minute. The embattled defender put together in a solid shift, and helped secure the three points for the Americans.

Much has been made of manager Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision to stick with the same XI for the first three matches of the tournament. With the suspension of Yedlin, Klinsmann will need to find a remedy at left back. Based off the second half performance, Orozco appears to be the odds on favorite to fill the void left by the Seattle native. However, Geoff Cameron has played the fullback position in the past, meaning Steve Birnbaum could become a candidate to line up along side tournament standout, John Brooks.

In the meantime, the Americans await their quarterfinal opponent after the conclusion of Group B play on Sunday.