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Seattle Sounders release statement on DeAndre Yedlin transfer rumors

Jul 7, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

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After his superb performances for the U.S. national team at the 2014 World Cup, it’s no wonder European giants are sniffing around DeAndre Yedlin.

The 20-year-old Seattle Sounders right back proved his talent on the world stage in three cameo appearances off the bench on the right flank for the U.S. and he certainly turned plenty of heads with his speedy displays.

Reports from England have him heading to Liverpool on trial, apparently Roma are interested in taking him Serie A. The kid who has just one full Major League Soccer season under his belt is suddenly one of the hottest properties in the right back slot. Many were questioning Jurgen Klinsmann for taking him to the World Cup. Not now.

Addressing the increased speculation surrounding their star speedster, Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer released the following statement on Sunday. For now, Yedlin will remain a Sounder but Hanauer didn’t exactly reassure Seattle’s fans that a move to Europe is out of the question for their academy product.

“DeAndre has had a very good season in Seattle and obviously had a fantastic World Cup. This has drawn lots of interest for him from leagues around the world,”  Hanauer said. “For now, DeAndre is in Seattle and we need him to help us win our upcoming games against Portland. If something transpires with a foreign team, we will announce it.”

Would this be a good or bad thing for Yedlin’s development?

Who knows. You only have to look at other U.S. international moving abroad, such as Brek Shea, Maurice Edu, Tim Ream and countless others, to see that joining a European club isn’t always the best option. That said, if Roma or Liverpool do come calling, it would be hard for Seattle to stand in Yedlin’s way.

That is essentially what Hanauer is saying in his statement. The Sounders will likely get a very sizeable transfer fee for a player they produced. Yedlin can kick on his career at a top European side and the U.S. will have a young full back ready who’s ready to star at right back for a decade to come.

Everyone’s a winner… right?

  1. justafan2014 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    This kids potential is un real.

    • elgallo2001 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      Indeed, upside is huge. Speed, strength and the courage to run at Germany and Belgium stars. Bright future for this young man, hope he is mentored carefully.

  2. granadafan - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Kudos to the Sounders for identifying and developing Yedlin. Until the money, level of competition, and prestige is raised in the US, the MLS will still be a development ground for big European clubs or a place for aging stars to go. Right now this is a credit to MLS that we are producing quality players and need to continue to do so if we want to produce a champion team on the international stage. Go to Europe, Yedlin, and gain the invaluable experience there.

  3. egb234 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    I wish he were connected to European clubs with non-America owners. I wish I could read about Brenden Rodgers being really high on the young American, or better yet, Jose Mourinho or Manuel Pelligrini saying that they see their young American as a key to their future at right back.

    Sometimes I think that this kind of noise comes from the fact that John Henry and James Pallota are eager to have Americans on their team.

    Happy to be wrong, though. I think Yedlin showed great promise in Brazil, and I would love for him to succeed on the big stage in Europe.

  4. geejon - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    He needs to go to a team that will play him and be willing to accept the bumps that will inevitably come with such a young, raw player. If he’s going to rot on the bench because of a mistake here and there and the mananger sits him in favor of a more steady 30-something player because it’s only about the next game’s result, then he’s better off playing in the states and perhaps moving abroad his mid 20’s.

  5. patriotsdefense - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    He needs to play that’s all. He needs to be a starter. If Seattle is willing to give him that, I have no problem with him finishing out the season there and maybe hitting the winter European transfer window. I hope a European squad is intoxicated with his speed.

    HOWEVER, I fear what will happen if he is stuck on the bench.

    Dempsey rotted at Fullham for too many seasons while they kept firing mangers, each time forcing him to prove his worth all over again. Often the new mangers thought so little of him he literally had to start at the bottom. After 4 times, it took it’s toll on his development. He probably only got 1 good prime year in the EPL.

    Bradley looked ready to soar until he found himself buried in the Aston Villa midfield. Villa went with it’s own home grown youth instead of living through any Bradley growing pains. It looked like it was turning around in Italy, and sadly I think every American support is unhappy with his landing spot in Toronto.

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