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Progress of Yedlin hailed by USA aces.

DEANDRE Yedlin's improvement since his loan spell at Sunderland is "night and day", says USA team-mate Geoff Cameron.

And while Cameron has praised the defender's enhanced "tenacity, aggressiveness and thought process", he believes the experience of the Black Cats' successful fight against relegation can only stand him in good stead for the future.

Yedlin spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light from parent club Tottenham Hotspur.

He struggled initially but performed well during the closing stages, as the Wearside club secured their Premier League status.

Sam Allardyce is weighing up a permanent move, while Yedlin (pictured) represents his country at the Copa America Centenario, which begins this weekend.

Jurgen Klinsmann's men open their campaign against Colombia tonight.

And Stoke City's Cameron - expected to line up alongside Yedlin in the US backline - said of his teammate's recent progress: "It's night and day.

"You see his tenacity, his aggressiveness, his thought process on the ball. He's got the experience.

"He's been fighting relegation pretty much all season and that changes you as a player because it's do or die, the fact that you either lose your contract or go down to the Championship, or you stay up, and that brings the team together or it doesn't.

"Sunderland ended up bringing the team together, they worked for one another and he got a lot of experience on it, and that's helped him and it will help him in his career."

And Cameron's appraisal is shared by US goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who added: "I think those guys have been fantastic in terms of coming in and looking to do a job.

"I think DeAndre playing consistently at Sunderland had been very beneficial for himself and I think it shows in his game."

STEVE BROWN

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 3, 2016
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