DeAndre Yedlin: Seattle Sounders’ Defense Will Survive After Transfer

DeAndre Yedlin

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With the Seattle Sounders rumored to confirm soon that 21-year old U.S. Men’s National Team defender DeAndre Yedlin will be going to Serie A side AS Roma for the 2015 – 16 season, the Sounders are left with a gaping hole in a defense that has been struggling for a majority of the 2014 Major League Soccer season.

Seattle has given up 24 goals already this season through just 18 games. Part of that has to do with midfielders not tracking back and part of that has to do with the defense being a bit too relaxed after taking an early 2+ goal lead, but the rate at which opponents are scoring goals is unacceptable for a team that sits at the top of the table and holds at least a game in hand against all opponents within 10 points.

The bright side of the Sounders this season has been their offense which has scored a ridiculous MLS-leading 35 goals and doesn’t look like stopping any time soon. However, with a young up and coming talent like Yedlin gone, could their defensive future be in jeopardy?

The easy answer is yes. Clint Dempsey and co. are stars, but if you look at the team’s statistics, eventually even the most talented players will have an off game. Take a look at the team’s absolute destruction at the hands of the New England Revolution 5 – 0 earlier this season. Defense wins championships, and, quite frankly, I’m not sure Seattle’s defense is capable of winning the MLS Cup this season, let alone without Yedlin in the future.

However, the correct answer is no. Seattle is one of the most well-run clubs in MLS. With Chad Marshall – excuse the bad pun – marshalling the defense and young players like Dylan Remick rising through the ranks, the Sounders are set up to be one of the best teams in MLS for the immediate future – even with the loss of Yedlin.

Does the team need to bring in a new fullback now that Yedlin is gone? Of course. However, the team doesn’t need to bring in a player the caliber of Yedlin, but instead a solid, veteran player in the offseason to act as a late-game defensive midfielder to keep the Sounders away from the 2v3 situations that have killed them all season long. Sometimes flashy defense isn’t the best defense.

Yedlin is moving on to bigger and better things in Europe, but he’s not an irreplaceable part of the Sounders’ defense and the team will move on – successfully.

Related: DeAndre Yedlin Reportedly Transferred to AS Roma

Taylor Sturm is a Columnist for StoppageTimeSoccer.net. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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