Updates from Monday, Aug. 11
DeAndre Yedlin is on the cusp of completing a move to Tottenham, according to Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid.
Yedlin did not feature in the Sounders' win over Houston, and Schmid told reporters, per the following video featured on 101 Great Goals (start video at 1.15):
His situation is very close. Some things are not entirely completed yet so you didn't want to play him and have the risk of injury happen with everything being finalised and completed.
Hopefully that'll be finalised and completed in the next day or two.
Updates from Friday, Aug. 8
Goal.com's William Joyce reports a deal sending Yedlin to Tottenham is done:
The 21-year-old completed a medical on Friday but will remain with Seattle Sounders for the remainder of the MLS season until January
Tottenham have finalised terms on the €2.5 million signing of DeAndre Yedlin, Goal understands.
The 21-year-old underwent a medical with Spurs on Friday and all conditions of his sale have been agreed between player, Tottenham and MLS outfit Seattle Sounders.
Don Ruiz of The News Tribune adds more:
Hanauer says Yedlin meeting with big club in Europe. Expected to return for Sunday and remain thru end of season "and potentially longer."— Don Ruiz (@donruiztnt) August 8, 2014
Transfer rumors have been running rampant since DeAndre Yedlin's breakout performance at the World Cup. Now, it doesn't seem to be a question of if the Seattle Sounders' star right back will sign with a European club, but when.
Per MLSsoccer.com's Nicholas Rosano, AS Roma was thought to be the front-runner for the electrifying 21-year-old earlier in the summer, but those rumors quickly cooled. Now, according to ESPN's Taylor Twellman, it's EPL side Tottenham in the pole position:
Hearing Spurs have jumped ahead of everyone else in Yedlin sweepstakes. He'd stay in Seattle for 2014 before joining Tottenham.— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) August 6, 2014
Yedlin, currently in Portland taking on Bayern Munich with the rest of the MLS All-Stars, commented on the recent transfer speculation and a potential move away from Seattle, via Rosano:
Just kind of take it as it comes. If the situation’s right, then maybe I leave. If the situation will be better to stay, then maybe I stay. If the situation is to stay for good, then maybe I stay for good. But I don’t really know right now, so we’ll see.
That's the kind of talk that will make Sounders fans ecstatic. Yedlin, who grew up in Seattle and attended high school in Seattle, rivals Clint Dempsey as the team's most popular player among the fanbase.
Still, most will agree it's an inevitability that he eventually seeks better competition overseas.
Yedlin is a special talent with a bright future. His unbelievable pace, dangerous runs down the right sideline and accurate crosses were vital for Jurgen Klinsmann's team in Brazil. Heck, even the Portland-based crowd (read: Seattle's intense rivals) were impressed with the youngster, per the Tacoma News Tribune's Don Ruiz:
Yedlin didn't get booed on that run into box. Crowd seemed kinda impressed.— Don Ruiz (@donruiztnt) August 7, 2014
A move to Europe, especially the EPL, would allow Yedlin to train with some of the best players in the world and continue to work toward his immense ceiling. While the MLS is a league on the rise and Yedlin is part of a terrific Sounders squad, there's little question this kind of move would be beneficial for his burgeoning career.
It's worth noting that this is all just talk and speculation at this point, and all soccer rumors have to be taken with a pumpkin-sized grain of salt.
But while keeping Yedlin would be a major coup for both Seattle and the MLS, the youngster is simply too talented to turn down the opportunities that come with playing in Europe.