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All-Star: DeAndre Yedlin remains open to Seattle stay as transfer negotiations continue

DeAndre Yedlin and Tristan Bowen celebrate

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The DeAndre Yedlin transfer saga rumbles on, but at this point all he can do is sit back and wait.

The 21-year-old Seattle Sounders right back was linked with a move to Europe after a breakout World Cup with the United States men’s national team, with Italy’s AS Roma believed to be close to securing a deal.

A month later, Yedlin (above, left) remains very much a part of the Seattle Sounders, and is, for the second time in his two-year professional career, an MLS All-Star. It is by no means an indication that the deal is dead, but the cloud of the continued negotiations seems to hover over Yedlin wherever he goes.

“Just kind of take it as it comes,” Yedlin told MLSsoccer.com after the Sounders' 1-0 loss to San Jose on Saturday, when asked if the reported holdup was in regards to whether he'd prefer to stay until the end of the MLS season. “If the situation’s right, then maybe I leave. If the situation will be better to stay, then maybe I stay. If the situation is to stay for good, then maybe I stay for good. But I don’t really know right now, so we’ll see.”

He took a similar tack after the All-Stars’ first training session on Monday morning, adding that his agent was still very much involved in negotiations about a potential move away from Seattle.

“Yeah, I think so,” he told MLSsoccer.com when asked if his situation was still in limbo. “We're still trying to figure out what the best situation for me will be. We're still in talks and talks with my agent. We'll see. Hopefully something gets figured out soon.”

And in the meantime, the equation for Yedlin is simple.

“[I’ll] just try to focus on what I'm doing right now,” he added. “Focus on Seattle, focus on MLS Cup those are my goals right now and that's all I can focus on.”

Jonah Freedman and Simon Borg contributed to the reporting for this article.