Seattle Sounders issue statement on reported Roma deal for DeAndre Yedlin: "For now, he is in Seattle"
DeAndre Yedlin has reportedly attracted interest from around Europe in the wake of his breakout showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but the Seattle Sounders aren't quite ready to say goodbye to their prized right back just yet.
"DeAndre has had a very good season in Seattle and obviously had a fantastic World Cup. This has drawn lots of interest for him from leagues around the world," Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer said in a statement. "For now, DeAndre is in Seattle and we need him to help us win our upcoming games against Portland. If something transpires with a foreign team, we will announce it."
The statement comes after Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport reported Sunday on its website that Italy's AS Roma had beaten out fellow Serie A side Genoa for Yedlin's signature. Per the reported terms of the deal, Yedlin would remain on loan with the Sounders for another year before joining Roma. He had also reportedly drawn the interest of Liverpool and Anderlecht.
If the deal goes through, Yedlin would be the second American player to feature for Roma after USMNT teammate Michael Bradley spent a year and a half there from 2012-2014.
Yedlin, who turns 21 on Wednesday, signed with the Sounders as a Homegrown player prior to the start of the 2013 season. The speedy right back already has 42 MLS appearances to his name, 41 of them starts, with a goal and two assists in that time.
He was seen by many as a surprise inclusion in US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man final roster for the World Cup, but impressed in substitute cameos in the team's 2-2 group stage draw with Portugal and the 2-1 knockout round loss to Belgium.