TUKWILA, Wash. — DeAndre Yedlin has rejoined the Seattle Sounders with a far higher profile than he had when the United State gathered for World Cup training camp nearly two months ago in Northern California.
After his impressive performance for the U.S. during three appearances in the World Cup, the question is just how long the Sounders will be able to hold on to their homegrown star.
Yedlin took part in training yesterday and is expected to be available for both of Seattle’s matches this week against rival Portland — first in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday and then in MLS play Sunday. His return to Seattle comes after a flurry of attention after the U.S. was eliminated from the World Cup by Belgium in the round of 16 and amid reports that a deal is already in place for Yedlin to make the move to Europe.
Yedlin did not comment directly on reports coming from Italy about a pending deal that would see the 20-year-old defender move to AS Roma in 2015 after completing this season with Seattle. Seattle general manager Adrian Hanauer issued a statement saying if a deal with a foreign team is finalized the team will announce it.
“I’m kind of letting my representatives handle that right now,” Yedlin said. “They’ll obviously get back to me on that information but for right now I’m just focused on Seattle.”
Seattle coach Sigi Schmid sounded almost resigned that eventually Yedlin will leave Seattle and get his shot at playing in one of the top leagues in the world.
“At the end of the day you want to do what is best for the players and help the players continue to grow and advance,” Schmid said. “We’re a club that wants to win and wants to succeed and I also think success is also predicated on when you do what is best for the players, you’re going to have success.”