Seattle Sounders star DeAndre Yedlin has more to celebrate in what has been a remarkable year for the 21-year-old fullback. He has been named US Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year and could now complete his move to Tottenham Hotspur in the next fortnight.
The pacey right-back has been incredible for club and country this season, winning the US Open Cup and MLS Supporters’ Shield with Seattle while also establishing himself as a regular in the US Men’s National Team.
Yedlin was one of just seven stars to make at least ten appearances for the USMNT in 2014, including three at the World Cup in Brazil during the summer – becoming the first homegrown player to represent the US National Team at a World Cup tournament.Embed from Getty Images
“It’s an absolute honor to win this award,” said Yedlin. “I would like to thank my teammates, my family, and most of all the fans for the amazing support for our team. It was a tremendous year for a lot of young players, and we all share the dream of continuing to have the opportunity to represent our country.”
He started all 25 games he played for the Souders this year too, picking up four assists, and he’s rapid rise to prominence earned him a move to Tottenham Hotspur in August.
But although he remained in Seattle to end the season with his hometown club, he now looks set to join up with the Premier League side sooner rather than later. Sounders owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer provided an update on his situation in yesterday’s end of year press conference at CenturyLink Field.Embed from Getty Images
“It seems highly, highly likely that DeAndre will get a work permit to be able to play in England. He’s anticipating being able to head over to Tottenham in the middle-to-end of December.”
That means Yedlin could be a part of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad before Christmas, and Spurs could do with him as soon as possible. Vlad Chiriches has filled in at right-back for the past couple of games though he is naturally a central defender.
Kyle Naughton is clearly out of favour while Kyle Walker is still struggling to overcome a long-term pelvic injury.
Yedlin is needed in London, but he has had next to no time to recover from what has been a long, testing campaign. He will hope that he can adapt to life in the Premier League quickly.
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