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Official: Inter Miami CF sign USMNT defender DeAndre Yedlin


OFFICIAL (Feb. 2) – Inter Miami CF have signed US men’s national team defender DeAndre Yedlin via the No. 1 spot in the MLS Allocation Ranking, the club announced Wednesday.

Yedlin, 28, joins through 2025 with a club option for 2026, giving Inter Miami a veteran right back to help lead their roster transformation.

“I’m thrilled that we’re able to bring a player of the quality of DeAndre to Inter Miami. He is a very talented, exciting, and dynamic player on the pitch and an experienced winner who is also a positive character in the locker room that will help us improve our roster,” chief soccer officer and sporting director Chris Henderson said in a release.

“He’s a well-rounded right back who likes to get up and down the pitch and has proven himself in MLS, the Premier League, the Süper Lig, and at the international level, and we look forward to seeing him help us succeed now at Inter Miami.”

Yedlin recently became a free agent after his Galatasaray contract was terminated, and he returns via the MLS Allocation Ranking following his initial transfer from Seattle Sounders FC to the EPL's Tottenham Hotspur in 2014.

While spending seven years in Europe at Tottenham, Sunderland, Newcastle and Galatasaray, Yedlin earned over 190 appearances across all competitions. He remains an active USMNT player, carrying 71 caps to date.

Yedlin's professional career began in 2013 as a homegrown player for Seattle, where he worked with Henderson.

ORIGINAL (Jan. 22) – Inter Miami CF are pursuing an MLS return for US men’s national team defender DeAndre Yedlin, according to reports from The Miami Herald and Miami Total Futbol.

Yedlin, 28, is reportedly departing Turkish Super Lig side Galatasaray via a ​​buyout agreement. From there, Miami would sign Yedlin via the MLS Allocation Ranking, a mechanism whereby they acquired the top spot after trading defender Christian Makoun to Charlotte FC earlier this offseason.

It would be the latest move in a backline overhaul from Inter Miami chief soccer officer and sporting director Chris Henderson, with the South Florida-based club possibly sporting Yedlin at right back and ex-Arsenal standout Kieran Gibbs at left back.

Yedlin was previously linked with a Seattle Sounders FC return, having originally turned pro in 2013 as their first homegrown player. Henderson was a key member of the Rave Green’s front office upon their MLS expansion launch in 2009, making him quite familiar with the Washington native.

While with the Sounders, Yedlin was a two-time MLS All-Star whose performances sparked a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur. He ultimately made 109 appearances in England’s Premier League, spread across Tottenham, Sunderland and Newcastle United.

He then joined Galatasaray during the 2020-21 season, all the while accumulating 71 USMNT appearances as highlighted by his breakthrough at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He remains a key fullback for head coach Gregg Berhalter’s team as the Yanks pursue a Qatar 2022 World Cup spot.

Miami, in revamp mode for the 2022 MLS campaign, have acquired the likes of center back Damion Lowe, midfielder Jean Mota and forwards Emerson Rodríguez and Leonardo Campana this offseason. They’re entering year No. 2 under head coach Phil Neville.