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Yedlin deal moves closer to fruition
by Paul Kennedy, August 8th, 2014 9:20PM

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[MLS TRANSACTIONS] DeAndre Yedlin didn't rejoin the Seattle Sounders following his appearance in Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game in Portland. Seattle coach Sigi Schmid would only tell reporters at Friday's practice, "DeAndre is overseas right now." But multiple reports placed the young right back in London for a medical exam to finalize an agreement with Tottenham.

The 21-year-old Yedlin, who played three games for the USA at the World Cup and for the Sounders against Spurs in a recent friendly, was expected to return to Seattle in time for Sunday night's match against the Houston Dynamo.

Otherwise, not much was known as the terms of the deal except that Yedlin would likely remain with the Sounders for the rest of the 2014 season.

“It would be a deal that would be constructed in a way that he could potentially be here through the year and potentially longer," said Sounders owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer.

What happens after Yedlin leaves the Sounders remains to be seen. Assuming he qualifies to work in Britain, he could stay in Tottenham, be loaned out to another English club, join another club in Europe and remain with the Sounders beyond 2014.

"Spurs is a tricky place to play," former U.S. national team goalie Kasey Keller, who played for both the Sounders and Tottenham, told the Evening Standard. "They're a team that has a lot of turnover in players. Spurs are a team that has the money, and they are always looking for a bargain, but it's a tough place to go. I just want to see young American players play regularly, week in and week out. If that's at Tottenham, great. But if it's not, then it's not the right move. It's hard to develop if you don't play."

Yedlin would be the second member of the U.S. national team to be transferred since the end of the World Cup following the move of DaMarcus Beasley from Puebla in Mexico to the Dynamo.

A deal to bring Mix Diskerud to the Columbus Crew collapsed. Both Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach) and Timmy Chandler (Eintracht) agreed to join new clubs before the tournament. A third German-American, Jermaine Jones, is a free agent and seeking a move to an MLS club.


6 comments
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: August 9, 2014 at 1:26 a.m.
    Sign with Spurs then go out on loan to an Italian or Spanish team until he can qualify for the work permit for 2015-6.

  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: August 9, 2014 at 9:45 a.m.
    Spurs looks pretty fixed at right back with Walker and Naughton (unless one's been moved in the summer transfer market and I missed it). I don't see this as a good place for a young player with a lot of natural ability but facing a steep learning curve like Yedlin. He needs to learn by doing, not sitting. Playing in a better leagues is good for the pocketbook but not for development unless you actually play. I don't buy into the argument that just by 'training' with a big club, you get better. A young player needs to play.

  1. John Heath
    commented on: August 9, 2014 at 12:08 p.m.
    He will not obtain a UK work permit through his playing record. However, he may be entitled to a Latvian passport, which would sufficient to give him residency in the UK.

  1. Andrea Hana
    commented on: August 9, 2014 at 12:12 p.m.
    I agree with Albert Harris. I would hate to see Yedlin go, as he is one of the Sounders best players, but I would wish for him to be placed in a club anywhere that he is going be put on the pitch regularly. I think that the Sounders should try to renegotiate a contract with him. The fans deserve more.

  1. G O
    commented on: August 10, 2014 at 7:10 p.m.
    Do US players then grasp this? DeAndre Yedlin had - in an overly very unimpressive and wholly unskilled US squad - some truly standout moments in about 2.2 games total time on the field (not more than 200 minutes? Maybe 240 minutes due to the overtime with Belgium) and now he's being looked at in London. It is rather safe to say that Spurs (and other clubs) wouldn't be sniffing around at him were in not for those 200-240 minutes in Brazil. This is not to say that a US player has to go so utterly selfishly to a tournament to then "score" the big future contract. No. The point is that it is the one stage where you don't need any lousy scouts - because every fan, every jounneyman small club coach, every Dad, every has-been player, etc. is watching. As are the ones managing these clubs. So peak. Peak at that moment. No one is begging right now for Jose Altidore's signature on a piece of paper. Ditto for Michael Bradley. Safe to say that Toronto has no inquiries at all about him - and that French trainer at AS Roma now can wholly justify having made Bradley surplus need at AS Roma. Ditto for Spurs letting Mr. Clint Dempsey go. There are only two US players who won any real attention to themselves at the Brazil World Cup: Yedlin and Howard. This is not to say that life will now be rosy and wonderful for DeAndre whether in London or at a club for a loan-out this next 10 months. No, it could now be the complete opposite. But Yedlin now has options that most of his US teammates will never see. (See: Belgian forward Divock Origi of Belgium now at Liverpool FC - same story. He seized the moment and delivered the goods - playing also only about 200 - 240 minutes. Now he's at one of the biggest clubs in the world.)

  1. G O
    commented on: August 10, 2014 at 7:25 p.m.
    US fans (and Canadian ones) should take heart at this. As should potentially up and coming US prospect players. The big clubs of Europe know where the money is. Money is in marketing, TV, merchandising, fan trafficking of club websites, fan trafficking of fantasy league websites, etc. Spurs (and others in England) are looking at DeAndre because of not just his age and potential to improve remarkably in the next 4 years, they know that if he can merit TV time in their starting club 11 for an EPL match - or coming on as a sub - US TV and web viewers will be choosing that match to view versus another one. Or not watching at all. So keep this in mind too. DeAndre is helpful to these club managers (the money men that run things) because of his marketability. A similarly talented, same aged pro soccer playing male from, say, Tunesia, Botswana, El Salvador, Bolivia, Aruba, or Cambodia just does not have the same money marketability. So the question: Do the US (and Canadian) national team players and those on the periphery of these North American national team sides grasp this? Do they? Just ask FC Bayern Munich how much that one goal that Green scored means to FC Bayern's finance accountants. (Precisely why they won't be letting him get lured away any time soon.) The top clubs in Europe all know it: Score a real talented US or Canadian player, though US is better. Get him. Yes, he's got to have the "goods" to be in the side, you can't fake it if he's only a so-so talent, but if you can score that gem under contract, you have a player far more financially worthwhile (at least in the 24 month short run) than one from Moldova, Macedonia, Mauritania, Madagascar, or Macao.


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