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Sounders admit Yedlin is in Europe to discuss unusual future deal

Aug 9, 2014, 7:48 AM EDT

DeAndre Yedlin AP

DeAndre Yedlin is leaving the Seattle Sounders, this we know. When he’ll be playing for another team is quite another story. has a report that includes an admission from Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer that Yedlin is in Europe to complete a move overseas.

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But that move won’t come into effect immediately, and it won’t be a loan deal. Hanauer says that Yedlin will return to the States as Sounders property.


“DeAndre is overseas,” Hanauer said. “Obviously we’re not going to give out a lot of detail. … Certainly something we’re working toward is a potential transaction.

“This will be a deal where he won’t be immediately transferred and then loaned back,” Hanauer said. “It will be a deal that is constructed in a way that potentially he would be here through the end of the year, potentially longer.”

This follows up several reports that Yedlin, 21, would link up with Tottenham Hotspur. On Friday, reported the transfer would be worth $3.5 million, and that the US defender would move to London in January. USMNT legend Kasey Keller issued words of warning to Yedlin on going to Spurs, but perhaps a better goalkeeper for advice is current Spurs man Brad Friedel.

The story is yet another case study in the development of US players. Is it better for Yedlin to play scarcely at Tottenham, go on loan to a ‘lesser’ European club or star week-in, week-out in Major League Soccer. Two years ago at this time, Yedlin was preparing for his sophomore season at Akron. Now, things are much, much different.

  1. Sgc - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    I wouldn’t go to Tottenham for $3.5 million (I believe that’s US). That’s not much money for that club, and it’s an amount they can afford to burn on a speculative punt (that is, they could bring in four guys on that type of figure and if only one of them pans out, they’re happy). I would go to Tottenham for $10 million. For $3.5 million, I would go to a club for whom $3.5 million is a lot of money, a club that would then aim to move the player on for more than that. Like a Dutch or Belgian club.

  2. rphillish - Aug 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    I don’t understand the rush to go straight to the top EPL sides. Get these kids agents that will help them move to the teams at the bottom of the table, or even second division. The big clubs scout those games for promising young talent, and they’ll find you if you are actually the real deal.

    Every time these transfers come up people say things like, “well might as well stay in MLS if your not gonna be playing champions league”. I understand that, but you just don’t walk onto a champions league quality team, you got to start at the bottom and work your way up. Hopefully Yedlin can get some good loan offers if he moves to Spurs.

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