"I like Daniel Alves, I have him as my inspiration," the Seattle Sounders and USA right back told Goal Brazil at the U.S. national team's training camp in Sao Paulo.
The 20-year-old made a major impact in his rookie MLS season, starting 30 games with Seattle while finishing third in the league's Rookie of the Year balloting. With searing pace and immense attacking ability, Yedlin has the tools to become to the USA what Alves is to Brazil.
Although the U.S. is thin at the right back position with Steve Cherundolo battling injury issues and Timothy Chandler still out in the international wilderness, Yedlin is considered a long shot to make the team's World Cup roster, having only just secured his first call-up this month.
Still, the Seattle native is working hard to turn heads in Brazil, particularly that of Jurgen Klinsmann.
"I want to be in the World Cup," Yedlin said. "It would be really good to have that chance so young, but if I can't come to Brazil, I'll continue to work to be in the next one."
Goal Brazil's Fernando H. Ahuvia contributed reporting to this article from Sao Paulo.