The LA Galaxy managed to topple the Seattle Sounders 1-0 in Sunday’s Western Conference Championship first-leg, as the visitors did well to prevent the likes of Robbie Keane from adding to the advantage.
Coming up against the imposing attacking duo of Robbie Rogers and Landon Donovan, Sounders right-back DeAndre Yedlin had a lot on his plate over the course of the 90 minutes but, while there were one or two questionable decisions, his performance was more or less a commendable one.
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Renowned more for his blazing speed going forward, the US international’s defensive nous has been criticised in the past, but some encouraging outings in recent months suggest he’s been working hard to improve that side of his game.
Aged 21 and still with a lot to learn, that should serve as a reassuring sign ahead of his pre-arranged move to Tottenham Hotspur, where he is set to face even tougher opposition than the best MLS has to offer.
It still remains to be seen whether he will head over to north London in either the winter or summer of 2015, with the Seattle-native himself still in the dark, but he has been taking considerable measures to make sure he’s prepared in the meantime.
Signed for around $4 million in August, the 10-times capped defender has even been taking the time to watch some videos of the White Hart Lane atmosphere, although the fact he often plays in front of similar-sized crowds at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field means he shouldn’t be fazed.
“It’s very exciting. I’ve watched videos of what the atmosphere is like just to get prepared for it and it sends chills down my back just to see what the support is like there,” he told Copa90.
“I think Seattle is doing a good job of preparing me for that.
“When you think of teams in the Premier League, Tottenham is one of the top teams you think of and to be able to have a chance to play for them is a dream come true.”
For now, though, Yedlin’s immediate concern will be focused on the return leg of their championship tie with LA on November 30 in Seattle, with a first-ever appearance in MLS Cup awaiting Sigi Schmid’s side if the deficit can be overturned.
Having already won both the US Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield titles in recent months, victory this coming weekend would then leave the Pacific Northwest outfit on the verge of an historic domestic treble.