DeAndre Yedlin set for Italian Job

USA’s young World Cup star DeAndre Yedlin is set for a move from Western Conference leaders Seattle Sounders to AS Roma of Serie A.

Although the USA full-back would remain with The Sounders until the end of the regular MLS season, before linking up with Genoa for six months from January 2015.

Questions were asked of USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann when he took a right-back who has played just one season in MLS football and a few USA games to Brazil, but it was the right choice, and the 20-year-old’s World Cup displays have made him a wanted man across Europe.

Roma have been heavily linked with a move for Yedlin since the USA were knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in the round of 16, and he has also been linked with moves to Anderlecht and Liverpool, but it would seem that the I Giallorossi have won the race for his signature.

According to British paper The Guardian, he would complete his season with Seattle Sounders before joining Serie A’s Genoa to get game time necessary for him to be granted a work permit, before being able to join Roma in the summer of 2015.

He was the first homegrown MLS player to make the national side’s World Cup squad and has grown as a player at an alarming rate, and was still a part of the Sounders academy just 18 months ago.

Yedlin is no stranger to Roma, having played the club last summer as part of the MLS All Stars team who played against the Italian side. Roma, who have American ownership following a takeover in 2011, have previously had an American on their books when fellow international team mate Michael Bradley arrived in 2012.

With Roma’s right-back spot currently taken by Maicon, it has be mooted that Yedlin will be a long-term replacement for the aging Brazilian who turns 33 later this month.

Should Yedlin make the switch to Europe, or would he be better placed in the fast-growing MLS?


Could a second World Cup winning star join New York City FC?

After signing David Villa from Spanish club Atletico Madrid, it would seem New York City FC would like him to be joined by another former World Cup winning striker in Alberto Gilardino.

The Italian won the World Cup in 2006 and has been linked with a move away from Serie A club Genoa. Although he still has two years left on his current contract which he signed in January 2012 in a move from rivals Fiorentina, and he could command a fee of £3 million to join the New York based side.

Gilardino was also part of the AC Milan team that won the Champions League in 2006-2007, in which he scored a memorable goal against Manchester United to send the Rossoneri to the final.

He was first linked with MLS in late 2013 with Toronto FC and his agent confirmed there were talks before the Canadian club opted for Jermaine Defoe from Tottenham Hotspur.

With fifty-seven caps for his country and nineteen goals scored, he was bitterly disappointed to miss out on the final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil, and the omission has left him pondering his future.

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Gilardino has also been linked with a move to China with Guangzhou Evergrande where friend Alessandro Diamanti plays after he joined in February this year and their coach is World Cup winning manager Marcello Lippi.

If Gilardino were to move to MLS he would be the first Italian to join New York City FC, but the seventh Italian to make the move across the pond. Notable players include Alessandro Nesta and Marco Di Vaio, both who played for Montreal Impact, with the later still on the books at the Impact.

Could Gilardino join David Villa by making the move to New York City and add to an already deadly looking strike force?