DeAndre Yedlin on the move to Cincinnati

Many Rave Green fans are frustrated (again) because the Sounders could not bring Yedlin back home.
Santos Laguna v Seattle Sounders - CONCACAF Champions League 2013
Santos Laguna v Seattle Sounders - CONCACAF Champions League 2013 / Otto Greule Jr/GettyImages

DeAndre Yedlin is one of the most recognizable names in American soccer. The speedy right back has played in two World Cups and in top European leagues. But his journey began in his hometown of Seattle, where he rose from the youth ranks to become a star for the Sounders.

In January 2022, Yedlin returned to MLS, joining Inter Miami in a blockbuster deal. He had the chance to play alongside Lionel Messi, who had signed for Miami in a stunning move. Yedlin became a regular starter and a leader for Miami, helping them win their first trophy, the 2023 Leagues Cup.

However, after two seasons with Miami, Yedlin was on the move again. On March 4, 2024, he was traded to FC Cincinnati for $172,799 in 2024 general allocation money. The move gave Miami some salary cap relief, while Cincinnati added a veteran defender and a USMNT stalwart to their squad.

Yedlin will join a new-look Cincinnati team that has made several changes this offseason, including signing center back Miles Robinson and winger Luca Orellano. Yedlin will hope to bring his experience, quality, and passion to his new club, and help them achieve their goals in 2024 and beyond.

DeAndre Yedlin has had a remarkable career, from Seattle to Cincinnati, with many stops in between. He has shown his talent, versatility, and resilience on the field, and his character, humility, and generosity off it. He is a role model for young players and a fan favorite wherever he goes. He is a true ambassador of American soccer, and a proud son of Seattle.

The start in Seattle and the move to Europe

Yedlin joined the Sounders Academy in 2010, after playing for various local clubs and high schools. He quickly impressed the coaches with his pace, skill, and work ethic. He made his debut for the Sounders first team in 2013, becoming the first homegrown player to do so.

Yedlin continued to shine for the Sounders in 2014, earning his first cap for the US national team and a spot on the World Cup roster. He made three appearances in Brazil, including a memorable performance against Belgium in the round of 16. His impressive displays caught the eye of Tottenham Hotspur, who signed him for $4 million in August 2014.

Yedlin spent the next seven years in Europe, playing for Tottenham, Sunderland, Newcastle United, and Galatasaray. He experienced the highs and lows of the game, from scoring his first Premier League goal to suffering a serious groin injury. He also represented the US at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where he helped the team reach the round of 16.

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