Having helped the Seattle Sounders win both the US Open Cup and Supporters' Shield over the past two months, Tottenham Hotspur-bound DeAndre Yedlin is now hoping to complete the collection with an MLS Cup.
DeAndre Yedlin might be heading off to Tottenham Hotspur at some point in 2015, but the right-back is hoping to help the Seattle Sounders enter the record books before then.
Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Western Conference rivals the LA Galaxy saw the Sounders claim their first-ever Supporters’ Shield as the team with best regular-season record, just a month after winning a fourth US Open Cup title in six seasons.
Entering the post-season as the league’s number one seed, an MLS Cup title in December would see Sigi Schmid’s side achieve an unprecedented domestic treble, and Yedlin has his sets sight on making history with his hometown club before eventually departing for pastures new.
‘We're always trying to make history,’ he told NBC after the match. ‘Sigi always says it's great to be the first at something. We're just trying to be hella greedy.
‘We’ll enjoy this moment – we’ve deserved it – but we know there’s still work to do and we’re focused on what’s ahead.’
With his move to Spurs to look forward to, Yedlin also appears to be getting into the Premier League mindset, having labelled the Supporters’ Shield crown more important than the otherwise ultimate reward of an MLS Cup, which comes after navigating through a successful post-season.
‘I honestly think the Supporters’ Shield is more important than an MLS Cup championship,’ he told reporters after the match. ‘In terms of the best team, this is the best team over a full season.’
Nevertheless, Seattle certainly won’t be treating the play-offs with any less respect and, with the likes of Yedlin, Clint Dempsey and MVP-candidate Obafemi Martins in fine form, they remain the favourites to go all the way.