[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
"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
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.