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DeAndre Yedlin to have preseason trial at Liverpool?

Jul 5, 2014, 8:35 AM EDT

DeAndre Yedlin AP

Here’s a bit of gossip that you might want to take with a rather large grain of salt: English media outlet Metro is reporting that Liverpool are prepared to extend an invite to DeAndre Yedlin for a preseason trial.

Metro states that the Reds have been tracking the fullback since he impressed at the U20s World Cup in Turkey, and that they’ve only increased their interest since his dazzling displays as a super-sub for the USMNT in Brazil.

Nothing to suggest you should be skeptical just yet. Yedlin is impressive, and many an eye were drawn to him at the 2014 World Cup. He provided a great cross that led to the second US goal against Portugal, and drew accolades when an injury to Fabian Johnson forced him to come on early in the crucial Round of 16 clash with Belgium. It’s natural that teams worldwide would have interest in a young player of Yedlin’s caliber.

And when you realize Liverpool are still playing, and paying, Glen Johnson, their interest makes even more sense.

The trouble here is that Metro are citing “reports from America” (no further link given) as evidence that the Reds are set to extend a trial to Yedlin. While there are now plenty of links popping up with the news that Yedlin is set for this trial, these “reports from America” must be buried deep in Google’s search engine.

What say you, fans? Have you seen legitimate reports that Liverpool want the Seattle Sounders’ man? Or are you also skeptical of this rumor? Is it just another consequence of the convergence of a fantastic World Cup performance and the start of the Silly Season?

  1. konmtu - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Since I usually only get my soccer news here, I’d say this is the first I’ve hear of it. My reaction is to say, “Liverpool trial for Yedlin? Yes, please!”

    • konmtu - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      As an addendum, I’d also like to say, “Please grant Deandre the wisdom to not make a Brek Shea mistake. Only sign if you’re gonna play! Else, stay with Seattle.”

      • jnkl87 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        Don’t underestimate the power that even training with top class players can have on a young players development. And if he does go to Liverpool there is a very small chance he will play regularly for them. Not only do they have Johnson(who hopefully is sold this summer) but they have two young academy graduated players, one of whom is a local lad. Both are around the same age as Yedlin. He would have to make a massive impression during his trial to get a regular spot.
        But Liverpool will play a 38 game season as well as play in the two English cups and the Champions League. He would most likely get games in the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup and the odd league game before a Tuesday/Wednesday night CL game.

        Even if he just gets cup games the next season and a few league games then I would say it’s much better for him to go to Liverpool then stay in Seattle. And Liverpool is a club known for giving the young players a shot. Sterling is 19yr old and was a regular last season as was Coutinho who was 21. And 20yr old Jon Flanagan, who would be a direct rival for Yedlin at right back, took a place in the team halfway through the season.

  2. patriotsdefense - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    After seeing Yedlin chase down Harzard from behind and tackle the ball away cleanly with a slide tackle, I think the sky is the limit for the 20 yearold. If he can make it into the EPL his growth over the next 4 years could skyrocket. He is raw, but his potential is obvious. That and his world class speed.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    The closet thing to an American “source” for this rumor came from in the PST family, in a 7/2 piece by Rotoworld’s Neil Thurman, where he ran down some PL teams that he thought could be interested in Yedlin.

    Then Metro picked it up, and now you’re reporting on it, and the snake is eating it’s own tail.

  4. patriotsdefense - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    That would be great if it’s true. Yedlin’s growth could be boundless his he reaches that level of football. How much time on the pitch would he get though?

    After seeing him chase down Hazard and perform a picture perfect slide tackle to prevent a fast break, I was sold.

  5. creek0512 - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Why would Seattle agree to let Yedlin go on trial at Liverpool during the middle of the MLS season? That makes zero sense, especially when they just got him back from the World Cup and are in first place. If Liverpool or another club want to buy Yedlin and Seattle and MLS agree on the price, that’s one thing. But there is no incentive for Seattle send Yedlin to play in Liverpool preseason friendlies instead of actual MLS matches.

    • talgrath - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      Simple, money. Liverpool will pay for Yedlin to train with them, if they like what they see they’ll pay for a transfer; transfers would mean allocation cash for the Sounders that they can use to acquire even more talent for an already deep team. Right now, Brad Evans is doing a fine job at right back and Marco Pappa is doing great at right mid; there’s not really any space in there for Yedlin without bumping off another player (probably Pappa). That’s not to say the rumor is true mind you, but there’s some big incentives for Seattle to strike while the iron is hot and get a nice transfer fee.

    • jnkl87 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Because if a club as big as Liverpool sais they want to evaluate one of their players in hopes of buying him then you do as you’re told.
      It’s really that simple. The money that this would bring to a tiny club(in comparison) like the Sounders would benefit them more then having him in the team for a few weeks.

      And as it stands now, the MLS have to bend over backwards whenever a big European club comes knocking. The league can’t afford to get on the “wrong side” of a massive club.
      Liverpool might want to set up their pre-season in the US where they play MLS clubs(unlike this season when they play other European clubs). Not only would that bring in a lot of money for the league and the teams involved through various revenues, it will being a lot more publicity.
      And Liverpool is a club with a massive following. They played pre-season games in Asia last summer and averaged about 70.000/game and sold out a 90.000 seat stadium in Australia in a day.

      And at the end of the day, a young exciting American player in one of the biggest clubs in the world and the most watched English team last season could only benefit American soccer.
      To be brutally honest, the MLS is nowhere near good enough to develop young talent into great players. It’s a good start but in the end they have to leave the US to keep improving as players.

  6. thewalkoffktxt - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    The interest in Yedlin will only rise.

    But a club of Liverpool’s stature wants to talk to an American player, period, and you gotta take the call.

  7. victormedeiros1980 - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    MLS does not have to do a goddam thing. When will American elitist snobs realize MLS clubs, especially Seattle, are not going to let players trial in the middle of their season. And Liverpool is no world beater club. That’s just stupid talk (period). Typical of American elitist futbol dopes.

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