DeAndre Yedlin transfer to Tottenham official; remains at Seattle for remainder of 2014

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By MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

The World Cup is the largest proverbial shop window, even if you weren’t for sale to begin with.

In DeAndre Yedlin‘s case, a strong showing in soccer’s premier competition earned him a big leap in his career arc.

Tottenham Hotspur has agreed a deal with the Seattle Sounders for the 21-year-old right back. The deal for Yedlin is around $3.5 million as he will sign a four-year contract with the North London club.

Instead of attempting to earn a UK work permit and join up in the Barclays Premier League this season, Yedlin will remain with the Sounders for the remainder of the 2014 Major League Soccer season. However, how Seattle can receive Yedlin back on loan will draw many questions at MLS’ doors.

“We are very excited for DeAndre and the possibilities that exist for him in his future with Tottenham Hotspur. It’s an exciting time in his life,” said Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid in an official club statement. “We are also very pleased that we will be able retain DeAndre’s services for the rest of the season in our quest for the MLS Cup.”

Yedlin’s career is on a rapid rise after signing as the Sounders first homegrown player in January 2013. He then was selected to the United States Men’s National Team’s World Cup squad, where he made three appearances and has now got a transfer to a Top Six club in England. He was also the first Homegrown Player to represent the USMNT in a World Cup match.

“I first want to thank everyone involved in my development. From my family to youth coaches to the Sounders, I am lucky to have such a strong support system,” said Yedlin. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to play with Spurs in the English Premier League and I look forward to helping the Sounders win a championship this season.”

However, for Yedlin joining up with the club may be a much tougher process than just signing a contract. UK work permits have been tougher to come by recently as Juan Agudelo was recently denied seeing his contract with Stoke cancelled because of it.

The young right back has yet to play in 75% of the USMNT games in a single year. With his success in the World Cup, Tottenham could apply for an Exceptional Talent Visa, but even that wouldn’t be guaranteed.

For his development, the last thing Yedlin needs is to bounce around Europe in hopes of getting a work permit to finally play for Spurs.

Seattle’s next match in MLS is this Saturday at Real Salt Lake, where Yedlin could return to the field for the Sounders before his move at season’s end.


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