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For now, Yedlin is a Sounder, Besler weighs his options
by Paul Kennedy, July 7th, 2014 3:38AM
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[USA MEN] Of the 10 MLS players on the 2014 U.S. World Cup team, the two players whose stock rose considerably are Seattle Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin and Sporting Kansas City center back Matt Besler. Because of his young age -- he turns 21 in Wednesday -- and attacking tools he showed in Brazil, Yedlin is generating the most interest, but the Sounders said he'll remain in MLS for now.

Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport reported Sunday that Roma was set to acquire Yedlin, who would remain in Seattle until the end of the 2014 MLS season and then move to Italy during the January transfer window.

"DeAndre has had a very good season in Seattle and obviously had a fantastic World Cup," Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer said in a statement issued later in the day. "This has drawn lots of interest for him from leagues around the world. For now, DeAndre is in Seattle and we need him to help us win our upcoming games against Portland. If something transpires with a foreign team, we will announce it."

Roma got a glimpse of Yedlin last summer as he was the last player off the bench at the MLS All-Star Game the Giallorossi won, 3-1.

Earlier in the week, reports linked Yedlin to Liverpool, Anderlecht and Inter Milan, but his agent, Chris Megaloudis, took to Twitter, to say, "It's not journalism [if] you make things up."

Besler said he's happy at Sporting Kansas City, his hometown club at which he debuted in 2009, but he expressed interest in considering options, saying, "You may only get these kinds of opportunities once in your lifetime." At 27, this will be his only opportunity to cash in on a big move.

“I feel the need to at least look into potential opportunities and make a decision from there,” he said on Sunday before Sporting Kansas City's match with Chicago. “So I'll be talking with [Sporting KC manager] Peter [Vermes] and [Sporting KC president] Robb [Heineman], and some of the other owners, potentially -- talking with them very, very shortly and going from there.”

Besler, who started all four games for the USA at the World Cup, would be the third starter Sporting KC has transferred in the last year if a deal is reached. Kei Kamara went to Middlesbrough last summer and Oriol Rosell recently joined Sporting Lisbon. Roger Espinoza went to Wigan on a free transfer in 2012.

Besler's salary for 2014 is only $200,000. Of the MLS players on the U.S. World Cup team, only Yedlin at $80,000 makes less. Both players were part of the New York media tour following their return from Brazil after the 2-1 loss to Belgium.
There will be a flurry of transfer activity in the next few weeks as European clubs prepare for the start of the new season.

Of the players on the U.S. World Cup team, only two have already firmed up summer moves -- both concluded before the start of the tournament. Starting right back Fabian Johnson joined Borussia Moenchengladbach on a free transfer from Hoffenheim, while Timmy Chandler completed a transfer from relegated Nuremberg to his former club, Eintracht Frankfurt.

Two players who will have to quickly decide about their futures are Jermaine Jones and DaMarcus Beasley. Jones is a free agent after completing the 2013-14 season in Turkey at Besiktas. Beasley is under contract with Puebla in Mexico. Both had very good World Cups and both would likely be happy to sign with MLS clubs. But they are both 32, which will work against them.


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