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Seattle's Yedlin completes transfer to Tottenham
by Paul Kennedy, August 13th, 2014 9:32PM

TAGS:  americans abroad, england, mls, seattle sounders


[MLS TRANSACTIONS] After all of 45 MLS appearances, DeAndre Yedlin has been transferred from the Seattle Sounders to Tottenham of the English Premier League in a deal that will allow him to remain with the Sounders, the current Supporters' Shield leaders, through the end of the 2014 MLS season.

"We are extremely proud of what DeAndre has accomplished in his young professional career," said Sounders co-owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer in a statement. "His success is a reflection of his individual ability as well as soccer development in Washington State and the continued commitment to progress the sport in this country. DeAndre is and always will be a special member of the Sounders FC family, and we are excited to have him in Seattle for the remainder of the season."

Yedlin, 21, was the Sounders' first Homegrown Player signing in January 2013 and became the first MLS Homegrown Player to play in the World Cup for the USA, making three appearances at Brazil 2014.

Yedlin's transfer is one of the quickest for an American to have entered MLS. Michael Bradley played just one full season with the New York MetroStars (30 games) before being transferred to Dutch club Heerenveen in 2006. Jozy Altidore played parts of three seasons and 37 games for New York before joining Spain's Villarreal in 2008.

Like Yedlin, Maurice Edu was transferred midway through his second MLS season, from Toronto FC to Rangers in 2008, but after just 38 games. Tim Ream moved from the New York Red Bulls to Bolton Wanderers after two full seasons in 2012.

Yedlin was born in Seattle and grew up in Shoreline where he played youth soccer for Emerald City, Northwest Nationals and Crossfire. He attended O'Dea High School and was a member of the inaugural Sounders FC Academy class. He played two seasons at Akron under Caleb Porter before signing with the Sounders.

  1. BJ Genovese
    commented on: August 14, 2014 at 9:28 a.m.
    Developed in Washington State, watch US soccer try to lay claim to developing Yedlin. I would say Caleb Porter had alot to do with that...
    commented on: August 14, 2014 at 10:36 a.m.
    so how many matches does he get in before St. Totteringham's Day?
  1. John Richardson
    commented on: August 14, 2014 at 11:17 a.m.
    3 different select clubs. One Academy team. And 2 years in college. Sounds like a typical path to the pros for an American soccer player.
  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: August 14, 2014 at 6:23 p.m.
    Awesome...Loaned Back for Fall Season...Let's hope that they don't "Pin him in the British FLAT Back Four"...Lot's of teams switching to 3-5-2..Wing Back DELUX...
  1. VDS Trading
    commented on: August 14, 2014 at 7:58 p.m.
    There needs to be a meeting of the minds here. Klinsmann is directly thumbing his nose at MLS...and quite frankly, Yedlin going over to Tottenham at such a young an age is an unnecessary risk to his development. Top clubs like Tottenham sign kids like Yedlin from all over the world...they throw 10 or 15 youngsters like this a year at the wall and see who sticks. If you don't stick (and most don't)...the player is generally getting loaned out to a 2nd or 3rd tier team, outside of the Premier League in this case. Not good odds here for DeAndre...unfortunately, as a young impressionable 21 year old, he let an overrated coach, who hasn't improved the national program at all, influence his decision. Bad risk across the board for Yedlin, MLS, and by extension, US Soccer. JK needs to be replaced, as does Gulati. Simple as that.
  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: August 14, 2014 at 9:37 p.m.
    @Dean...99% Right On!! ...But the Risk is worth it for This "Kid" ...He Is Special...

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