David Yelldell

David Yelldell in the jersey of MSV Duisburg (2011)

David Yelldell ( born October 1, 1981 in Stuttgart ) is an American soccer goalkeeper who currently plays for Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

In addition to the German David Yelldell also owns the U.S. citizenship.

Club career

Yelldell, son of an American artist, his professional career began in 2002 as a football goalkeeper for the second team of the Stuttgart Kickers and went in July 2003 to Blackburn Rovers. In January 2005 he was a month at the England's second- highest professional league at Brighton & Hove Albion FC awarded and there came to his first three assignments in professional football. In the season 2005/ 06 Yelldell returned to the German Regionalliga Süd to the Kickers, where he became the first-choice goalkeeper for the first team. For the club he was until May 2008 a total of 100 Regional games and three DFB Cup matches in goal.

In the 2007 /08 season he made with the Stuttgarter Kickers qualification for the newly founded 3rd Liga, but moved to the new season in the 2nd Bundesliga for TuS Koblenz.

On 19 October 2008, he was in the game against Hansa Rostock nine shots on goal happen. The Game Result 0:9 was the worst defeat in the history of the Bundesliga 2. After the descent of the TuS Koblenz in the season 2009/10 Yelldell signed a contract with MSV Duisburg, where he made his debut in the DFB - Pokal match against VfB Lübeck.

There he was to measure than with Marcel Herzog, to determine the No. 1 for the 2010/11 season. The Yelldell succeeded with flying colors. The German - Americans stood in all 17 matches of the first round of 2010/11 in goal for the zebras and was with 16 goals against one of the best keeper of the 2nd Bundesliga. In July 2011 Yelldell joined Bayer 04 Leverkusen, where he first start of the season was preferred to Fabian Giefer and the injured Rene Adler in goal. After a 3:4 defeat in the DFB Cup (after 3-0 ) against Dynamo Dresden however, he was replaced by Giefer.


Yelldell was appointed for the matches against Argentina 26 March 2011 and on March 29 against Paraguay for the first time in the squad of the U.S. national team. Against Paraguay, he was in the second half, his debut.