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Americans Abroad: Yedlin scores first Newcastle goal in win over Derby County


DeAndre Yedlin may not have started on Saturday, but the U.S. Men’s National Team fullback played a big part in Newcastle’s win over Derby County.

Yedlin scored his first goal for his new club as a second-half substitute in the Magpie’s 2-0 victory away at Derby County. The goal put Newcastle up by two in second half stoppage time, all but sealing the win.

In the 91st minute, after holding the ball in the corner, Newcastle outwitted the stretched Derby defense when Jonjo Shelvy suddenly switched the ball to Ayoze Pérez, who smartly slipped the ball into the late run of Yedlin. The USMNT fullback sped into the box and put his body on the line by challenging both a defender and the Derby keeper for the ball, beating them both out to put Newcastle up two late.

Yedlin’s late heroics for the Geordies put the game beyond reach for Derby and assured the three points for Newcastle, continuing their early success in the Championship this season.

The American international came on for the visiting team in the 73rd minute for Yoan Gouffran, who himself scored from a corner midway through the first half, a vicious volley which gave Derby keeper Scott Carson no chance. After receiving a yellow card in the 60th minute, Gouffran was subbed off for Yedlin, who added more width and pace to the side in the game’s closing stages. 

Playing more as a winger than his usual position as full-back, Yedlin played well for Newcastle in his late-game appearance, making smart passes and swift runs behind the Derby back line.

Here’s a closer look at Yedlin’s goal:


  1. Ok here’s something that has bothered me for a while: the use of fairly obscure team nicknames. I’ve heard of Magpies before, but not of Goerdies. A quick Google search confirmed that those are apparently 2 common nicknames for southhampton. Ok fine. But must they be both used in the same article? When I see this, I feel like the writer did the same Google search while writing and wants the readers to think he knows more than he really does. It’s kinda like when a writer mentions the name of some obscure stadium, like that’s supposed to mean something to us. [end of rant]

    • I’ve been following soccer since 2005 and yes I have heard the term Goerdies. There is nothing wrong with the writer using the nickname. Use this as an opportunity to learn something new instead of crying about having to look something up. Here are a couple others: Everton are the Toffees; Fulham are the Cottagers.

    • Agree with STX. I’ve been following since the bad old days, where you actually had to go to sites like and pre-ESPN soccernet to get European soccer news, and it’s really very common to see two (or more) nicknames used for a club, frequently within the same article. The one-team, one-nickname thing really is very American, for better or worse.

  2. It’s interesting – US Soccer is such a small world that it doesn’t take much criticism for people to get upset:

    Wynalda: I’m not giving you enough, okay, I get it. So, part of my job, unfortunately, is to be critical. And I’ve gone through this with Michael [Bradley], too. I’ve pointed out that Michael had a bad game. And he didn’t, he didn’t take to Twitter, he emailed me, and so did his dad, and so did his dad’s brother, and everybody in the whole family emailed me I think.

    • While your statement was general and not made towards anyone specific, and since I made an obviously sarcastic quip about Eric Wynalda: I’ve always disliked Wynalda.

      The man is absolutely annoying, unbearable and mute-worthy each and every time he’s on a telecast or providing commentary.

    • I heard that broadcast, and naturally right after that he said “[so if bedoya thinks I’ve been hating on him for a long time then that means he’s been playing badly for a long time… So we gotta figure that out…]”

      Even while trying to appear to take the high road he takes a quick detour to classlessville.


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