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What They're Saying: DeAndre Yedlin
July 20th, 2014 12:52AM

TAGS:  seattle sounders


"This matches some of the best crowds we had in Brazil, so it's an amazing atmosphere and it's the best in MLS, so I feel lucky to play here."

-- Seattle Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin, who played for the USA at the World Cup in Brazil, after the Sounders' 3-3 friendly on Saturday against Tottenham Hotspur at Seattle's CenturyLink Field in front of 55,349 fans.

  1. BJ Genovese
    commented on: July 20, 2014 at 12:22 p.m.
    Yedlin will stay in Seattle. So will Besler and Zusi. MLS is a growing viable league and players are enjoying it. So why go over to Europe and automatically have to prove themselves again, bring there confidence back up to par in a hostile environtment that automatically cast glances down there nose because they are American "soccer" players. We have many special players here at home and next US soccer has to stop automatically brining in players because they have dual citizenship and player for an overseas academy. I wish they would limit overseas players as much as they limit us from going over there if you do not have dual citizenship. Im glad our players are staying home.
  1. BJ Genovese
    commented on: July 20, 2014 at 12:23 p.m.
    If they want to get that out of there sytem they should just send them over on loan for a couple of months. Not as much pressure. They can say they played EPL or whatever.
  1. G O
    commented on: July 23, 2014 at 3:45 p.m.
    Here's the truth - many of these European players will quietly and even not so quietly tell you that they'd rather play the US/Canada MLS. Were it not for the cut in annual player contract salary, they would. Many of them (certainly not all) in a New York City second would switch to MLS. Why? Well, for one, when is the last time a Lilywhites Spurs player played in front of a home crowd of 55,000+ ? Hasn't happened. Not in the modern White Hart Lane era. How many EPL stadiums have 55,000 capacity? Actually not that many. They too prefer the more family friendly environments in the stadiums, less male thuggishness and now ever present crude language, profanity from the crowds. The weather in the MLS cities is often much superior to the Northern Europe cities. One could go down a list of 10-15 factors that make "quality of life" better in a MLS city than in a Dutch League, German League, French League, Spanish League or even English League city. MLS and those in America and Canada, take your time; do this right. Baby steps will place you above and at least on par if not in many ways superior before you know it. The MLS is already ranked above most all leagues in Europe in terms of fans, stadia, business management, players' rights, etc., only behind the top 6 or 7 in Europe. (See World Soccer report on this from six months ago.) Not bad at all. The only other detriment (a significant one) is the lack of a Champions League or UEFA Europa League for MLS squads in this hemisphere. The CONCACAF Champions Leauge is a complete loser right now. This can be rectified very quickly I do believe when MLS clubs become part of the Copa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores - very, very soon.

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