Soon-to-be Tottenham Hotspur right-back DeAndre Yedlin has been voted 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year, following a stellar season with both the Seattle Sounders and the national team.
One of the brightest American prospects, Yedlin’s star has risen to untold heights over the past campaign, with an impressive showing at the World Cup this past summer earning him a £2.5 million move to Tottenham Hotspur in August.
Aged 21, the Seattle-native also helped his local side capture both the MLS Supporters’ Shield and U.S. Open Cup title in recent months, before their efforts to claim a first-ever MLS Cup were dashed last weekend after falling to the Robbie Keane-led LA Galaxy on away goals in the Western Conference Championship.
“It’s an absolute honour to win this award,” Yedlin told ussoccer.com. “I would like to thank my teammates, my family, and most of all the fans for the amazing support for our team. It was a tremendous year for a lot of young players, and we all share the dream of continuing to have the opportunity to represent our country.”
Trumping fellow youngsters Mukwelle Akale, Emerson Hyndman, Christian Pulisic and Haji Wright to the award, it now remains to be seen what the next few months will hold for Yedlin, with the 10-times capped international awaiting word from Spurs over whether he will make the move to White Hart Lane this winter or in the summer.
However, with the promising defender also still to hear whether his application for a Latvian passport will be approved – allowing him to sidestep the work permit process – a successful appeal could well serve to speed up his arrival date.