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DeAndre Yedlin: Will He Stay Put or End Up Somewhere in Europe?

courtesy ussoccer.com

courtesy ussoccer.com

Two weeks ago I wrote an article stating that there was a possibility DeAndre Yedlin could be on his way to Serie A side AS Roma. Well that move appears to be dead. Reported last week by Greg Seltzer of mlssoccer.com, it sounds as if a deal was in place but at the last minute it fell through for whatever reason. It was also reported by MLS Transfers (@MLSTransfers)

From Seltzer’s report there was an agreement on a fee with MLS/Seattle and then the deal fell apart. Later on, Seltzer also reported that Yedlin’s camp passed on the Roma transfer because the plan was for him to remain in MLS until the end of the season before heading to Italy. He would like to go sooner than later and that seems possible now after he captured a Latvian passport.

You might be asking why in the world Yedlin got a Latvian passport. Well, Yedlin is half Latvian. Latvia is part of the European Union and if he is able to get dual citizenship, it makes the move to Serie A much easier. If you want the full process of how he can become a dual citizen head over to the Latvia government site. The short version is if his parent has citizenship in the country he was born, then all he would need to do is fill out the application and submit official ID.

It seems now that the races for Yedlin’s services have come between Serie A sides, Inter Milan and Napoli.

A product of O’Dea High School in Seattle, Yedlin was part of Washington Youth Soccer’s State Olympic Development Program (ODP) from 2006 to 2009. He also played youth soccer for Emerald City FC, Northwest Nationals and Crossfire Premier before joining the Sounders youth academy for the 2010-11 season.

On February 8, 2011, Yedlin signed a letter of intent to play college soccer at the University of Akron. In his freshman year, Yedlin started in 20 of his 23 games for the Zips. He scored his first collegiate goal on September 28, 2011 in a 3-1 victory over Ohio State. He also finished the year with six assists. In his sophomore year, Yedlin made 22 appearances and finished the year with six assists as well.

Yedlin became the Seattle Sounders first Homegrown player and has blossomed into a full-fledged star in MLS. After he made the US Men’s National Team 23-man final roster, he became an international superstar. He only played 115 minutes in the 2014 World Cup but apparently that was enough to get top European teams calling.

As a Sounders fan I would love for Yedlin to stay in Seattle but I also know the player must do what is right for him and his family. We also know how much USMNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann like for his players to play the top competition in the world and playing in Italy would give Yedlin some of that experience.

*****UPDATE*****

According to Ben Jata (@Ben_Jata) on Twitter, the Yedlin move to AS Roma is in its final stages. Yedlin would not join until 2015-2016 season of Serie A.

 

Just goes to show that the transfer season is a crazy time in the world of soccer.

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Chris Blakely writes for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely

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