It looks as though another American footballer could be making his way overseas. DeAndre Yedlin, the 21-year-old Seattle Sounders defender, is being primed for a signing by Serie A club AS Roma in the coming days, with Gianluca di Marzio of Sky Sports Italy confirming this. The signing would be in the area of around $5 million (€3.5 million), making it the most expensive transfer in Major League Soccer’s short history.
AS Roma are reinforcing their squad with a few new additions. Along with the potential addition of Yedlin, the club brought in one of the top English full-backs, Ashley Cole, from Chelsea. The ever versatile Urby Emanuelson came in on a free transfer from AC Milan, and Argentinian youngster Juan Manuel Iturbe was whisked away from Hellas Verona as well.
Yedlin, when signed, would most likely be loaned out. This is due to various Serie A rules that restrict the number of non-Europeans on their teams’ rosters. So Seattle could be seeing more of Yedlin for another season, and he would no doubt be important in helping their team make an extended run into the MLS playoffs.
Yedlin burst onto the world scene during the United States’ group stage draw against Portugal. He came into the match on the 72nd minute as a substitute for Alejandro Bedoya, and just nine minutes later, set up Clint Dempsey’s go ahead goal.
He made a late substitute appearance in the last group stage match against Germany, and then played nearly the entire match against Belgium. Yedlin gave his team a top defensive effort by cancelling out Chelsea’s talisman Eden Hazard.
Yedlin’s performance conjured up high praise from the highest of sources. Tim Howard stated that “He’s fearless. He gets forward. He’s strong, he’s fast… Hazard is no cake walk and I thought he handled him really, really well.” He, along with Julian Green, have cemented themselves as the future of American soccer.
Yedlin’s great amount of pace is his most important asset. That is what separated him from the rest of the American outside players. It helped him on both sides of the field, both attacking and defending.
The sky is the limit for DeAndre Yedlin. He is very young, and will only continue to get better. A period of time in Europe would be positive for his development, and with time, there’s no doubt that Yedlin could become one of the premier full-backs in the world.