David Yelldell

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David Yelldell
David Yelldell 2011 2.jpg
Yelldell with Duisburg in 2011.
Personal information
Full name David Yelldell
Date of birth (1981-10-01) 1 October 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Stuttgart, West Germany
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
Number 22
Youth career
1999–2001 VfL Waiblingen
2001–2002 SG Backnang
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Stuttgarter Kickers II 24 (0)
2003–2005 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
2005 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 3 (0)
2005–2008 Stuttgarter Kickers 99 (0)
2008–2010 TuS Koblenz 51 (0)
2010–2011 MSV Duisburg 34 (0)
2011– Bayer Leverkusen 0 (0)
2012– Bayer Leverkusen II 8 (0)
National team
2011 United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2011

David Yelldell (born 1 October 1981) is a German-born American soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.[1] Although he was born in Stuttgart, he has been capped for the United States national team.

Club career[edit]

Yelldell was the first choice goalkeeper for TuS Koblenz until suffering a knee ligament injury which kept him out of the final four matches of the 2009–10 2. Bundesliga season, when the club were relegated to the 3rd Liga.[2]

He signed with MSV Duisburg before the 2010–11 season and made his competitive debut for the club in a first round DFB-Pokal match against VfB Lübeck on 13 August 2010.[3]

The next season saw him signing with Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen. He made his debut and currently sole competitive appearance for the club in a first round DFB-Pokal match, a 3–4 surprise defeat at Dynamo Dresden on 30 July 2011.

International career[edit]

Born to a German mother and an American father, Yelldell holds dual citizenship and would have been eligible to play international soccer for either the United States or Germany.[4] He was first called up by the US team in 2011 for a friendly against Argentina. He earned his first national team cap three days later, on March 29, 2011, in another friendly against Paraguay, replacing Marcus Hahnemann at half time.


  1. ^ "Yelldell, David" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Aus für Torwart Yelldell" [Without goalkeeper Yelldell] (in German). Kicker.de. April 12, 2010. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Marheineke ebnet Duisburg den Weg" [Marheineke paves the way for Duisburg] (in German). Kicker.de. August 13, 2010. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ "David Yelldell" (in German). Kickersarchiv. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 

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