USA’s DeAndre Yedlin discusses perspective-giving post-game “grounding” ritual

Following the USA’s World Cup exit via a 3-1 loss in the last 16 to the Netherlands, right-back DeAndre Yedlin spoke to Fox Sports on what was discussed with teammates Timothy Weah, Aaron Long and Sean Johnson after the game as the group sat cross-legged on the pitch during their “grounding” session. The 30-year-old former Tottenham and Sunderland defender said:

“We were just putting things in perspective and reflecting on the journey and just giving thanks, you know, to the Earth. It just helps put perspective into life, good or bad. It’s something that I’ve been doing for a while. We kinda introduced it to the team, and the guys have liked it. So, we’re just trying to keep it going. Especially in a time like this, where it can be difficult to put perspective on life, and realize that it’s not the be-all and end-all. I’ve learned to put perspective on things better than when I was younger. [The loss] hurts, and it hurts for a lot of the guys, but I think it’s important that we realize that we still have our families. The guys who have children, we still have our children. We’re still sons, brothers, uncles, whatever it may be. And that’s the most important thing in life.”


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