David Yelldell

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David Yelldell
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Yelldell with Duisburg in 2011.
Personal information
Full name David Yelldell
Date of birth (1981-10-01) 1 October 1981 (age 34)
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 who was in the U.S. military,[4] Yelldell holds dual citizenship and would have been eligible to play international soccer for either the United States or Germany.[5] 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. Despite not conceding during his time of play, the US lost this meeting 1-0.


  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. ^ "Yelldell Proud to Wear the U.S. Shirt as He Reports to First National Team Training Camp". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ "David Yelldell" (in German). Kickersarchiv. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 

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