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DeAndre Yedlin scores first Galatasaray goal

It was Yedlin’s first goal since 2019.

Since moving to Galatasary last month, DeAndre Yedlin has established himself as the starter on a team that already had entrenched right back who was sitting near the top of the Turkish Süper Lig table. Despite going into a seemingly settled situation, Yedlin’s grip on that spot is only strengthening.

In his fifth straight league start, Yedlin scored his first goal since 2019 when he collected a loose ball near the penalty spot and fired it through a mass of players.

Unfortunately, Yedlin’s day took a turn for the worse. He later gave up a penalty, was nearly called for another and was ultimately sent off in the 79th minute before Galatasary fell 4-3 at home to a dramatic underdog.

Still, Galatasaray has also improved their place in the table since Yedlin’s arrival, going 5-0-1 in his first six league appearances and moving to within one point of table-topping Besiktas and four points ahead of third-place Fenerbahce. The gap between second and third is especially important as the league’s top two qualify for Champions League.

Notably, Yedlin was not included in Gregg Berhalter’s recent United States national team roster for a pair of upcoming friendlies against Jamaica and Norther Ireland.

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