‘Learning curve’ for Yedlin, USA

HUlk (21) enjoys his goal in Brazil's win over a USA side featuring Sunderland loanee DeAndre Yedlin
HUlk (21) enjoys his goal in Brazil's win over a USA side featuring Sunderland loanee DeAndre Yedlin
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Sunderland new boy DeAndre Yedlin will arrive on Wearside after a chastening night for the United States.

Brazil romped to a 4-1 friendly win over the USA in Foxboro, Massachusetts, in the early hours of yesterday, with Hulk, Neymar (2) and Rafinha sinking a home side which featured Yedlin, newly signed from Spurs on loan, throughout the 90 minutes.

American head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, whose men bagged a last-gasp consolation from Danny Williams, said: “For us, it’s a huge learning curve for all the players who were on the field to experience that.

“I’m not mad at anybody. It was just a completely different tempo that they set and we couldn’t go that tempo.

“They’re not used to that.

“It’s a tempo that’s played in Champions League and it’s not only the technical tempo, it’s the speed of thought.

“They’re always two thoughts ahead. It’s like you play chess and they are two moves ahead. It’s that level and we try to catch up as much as we can but if they turn it on and you make a couple of mistakes that you shouldn’t make, then you get punished.”

Yedlin is ineligible for Sunday’s Premier League clash with parent club Spurs, giving a full week to settle in with Sunderland ahead of next weekend’s visit to Bournemouth.