Despite the U.S. team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986, DeAndre Yedlin still insists that United States ultimate target is to win the World Cup.
The Newcastle right back has said that the United States should set their sights on winning a World Cup although they were not able to qualify for Russia 2018.
For me, I want to win the World Cup. If that’s not the goal then I don’t think you should be playing,” Yedlin told NBC Sports.
“A lot of people will say that isn’t realistic but for me, I will say, ‘Why?’ Why isn’t that realistic? Leicester City won the Premier League and nobody thought that could happen but it did.’
“If that’s [winning the World Cup] not the ultimate goal then I think we should reevaluate things.”
But before they could win, the United States must qualify first, and Yedlin believes that his country’s recent disappointment will be a motivating factor for Qatar 2022.
“I wouldn’t call it a blessing in disguise but I think now, especially the guys that have come through it, now we feel what disappointment is like, not making the World Cup,” Yedlin said.
“Now there is going to be an extra gear that is hit to make sure we make the next one but not only make it but do well in it.”
The 24-year-old believes that the team’s next shot lies at the younger generation as they want them to take control.
“Every international career is going to come to an end you’re going to pass it down to the younger generation,” Yedlin said.
“Every career comes to that point. I think they [the older generation] are happy with doing that and they know we have some talented players coming in.”