U.S. World Cup star DeAndre Yedlin signs with Tottenham Hotspur


DeAndre Yedlin (Ted S. Warren/AP)

DeAndre Yedlin, the 21-year-old U.S. World Cup substitute who shot to international attention when he showed his strong and speedy skills in three appearances, will be taking his talents to the Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur. Rumors have been circulating all week, but the news was confirmed today.


The transfer fee for Yedlin is reported to be around $4 million, according to Yahoo! Eurosport. Yedlin will not start at Tottenham until the start of the 2015 season, however.

The homegrown star will remain with Seattle through the end of the season on loan, Tottenham confirmed on a statement via its Web site. Yedlin will then begin Premier League play ahead of the 2015-16 season.

“I … 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,” Yedlin said in a statement on the Sounders’ Web site. “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.”

Yedlin has spent two seasons with Seattle and has made the MLS All-Star roster twice. He made his international debut with the U.S. Men’s National Team in February and has amassed seven caps.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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