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.

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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?