DeAndre Yedlin’s surprising performance with the U.S. national team at World Cup has generated a host of rumors about his soccer future. Yedlin was back at Seattle Sounders FC training camp today, and addressed some of the transfer speculation with local media.
Italian media reported the 20-year-old defender will transfer to A.S. Roma, then be loaned back to Seattle for the remainder of 2014.
“I’m kind of letting my representatives take care of that, ” Yedlin said. “They’ll obviously get back to me on that information. But for now I’m just focused on Seattle, focused on hopefully winning MLS Cup and looking to come back and do well.”
Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid told 1090TheFan the organization must balance the interests of player and team when it comes to such important decisions.
“We have to be smart and make good business decisions when we make a trade,” Schmid emphasized. “With DeAndre, if it’s in his best interest, and the best way to go is to move on, then we have to make a good business decision for our club as well. We also want to make sure it’s a good decision for DeAndre.”
Yedlin was born in Seattle and developed in the Sounders system, but dreamed of one day playing big time soccer in Europe. Still, it must be the right situation to trump the great things happening in his home town and country.
“MLS is really getting up there and it’s becoming one of the top leagues in the world. So, obviously that shifts a little bit as the MLS gets better and better,” Yedlin pointed out.
Yedlin might be available for two Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers matches this week. The first is a U.S. Open Cup contest Wednesday night at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila. The second is at CenturyLink Field Sunday, expected to draw a crowd of more than 60,000.
-Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan-
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