USA international DeAndre Yedlin finally completed his anticipated move to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening, after a week of intense speculation which had MLS circles abuzz.
Signing a four-year contract at White Hart Lane, the 21-year-old is set to remain with the Seattle Sounders through the 2014 season, before the two sides decide whether he will make the switch to England in the winter or prior to the 2015-16 campaign.
One of the league’s top-rated talents, the right-back has been on a meteoric rise since signing a homegrown deal with his local side at the start of 2013, going from the college level to a two-time All-Star and World Cup standout after just one full professional season.
While the wider world first became aware of the promising speedster in Brazil this summer, MLS fans have been growing accustomed to his exciting outings over the past 18 months, but his rapid progress has been seen as a surprise to even the most dedicated supporters.
It remains a landmark event for the league when domestic talent earns a big move abroad, and various stateside individuals took to Twitter following the announcement to express their opinion on the reported $4 million switch.
Crazy to think 2 years ago at this time Yedlin was prepping for his sophomore season at Akron. Now? He’s a World Cup vet heading to the EPL— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) August 13, 2014
DeAndre Yedlin's move to Tottenham will be a bellwether sign in terms of a young American going from MLS to a big European team.— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) August 13, 2014
So the Sounders pocket $3M, MLS $1M, Yedlin $1.5M/yr(?). All because of 112 minutes of action in the World Cup. Good business all round.— Alex Olshansky (@tempofreesoccer) August 13, 2014
Congrats @yedlinny hope there's a proper barber over there.— Nick Rimando (@NickRimando) August 13, 2014
Everyone gets to claim a bit of Yedlin's success with this move: Youth club soccer, MLS academy, college soccer, MLS. Bully.— Jason Davis (@davisjsn) August 13, 2014
Yedlin will be interesting, still a very raw player, only main attribute is his athleticism really, and he shouldn't be assessed on this.— Pure Catenaccio (@PureCatenaccio) August 13, 2014
Yedlin is still very raw, but his athletic talent and potential to bomb down the right flank is so tantalizing. Plenty of room to improve.— Johnny Pavia (@JohnnyPavs) August 13, 2014
Happy for Yedlin, but lets be real. This was just #SSFC cashing in (his value would never be higher). IMO, not the right time to go overseas— Eric Giacometti (@Eric_Giacometti) August 13, 2014