ESPN’s Taylor Twellman has quickly become one of the most trusted sources to break big time soccer news in 2014. On Wednesday when he was presumably on vacation resting after a busy last three months, Twellman broke news about Seattle Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin being transferred to the Tottenham Spurs. His transfer to Tottenham and his loan back to Seattle is a win-win situation for all parties involved.
Tottenham announced the deal moments after Twellman did and provided some details on their website.
We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Seattle Sounders for the transfer of DeAndre Yedlin. pic.twitter.com/nfBTmI96Kv
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 13, 2014
For Seattle, they get the most monetarily from Yedlin’s rise during the 2014 World Cup. He proved to be a critical member of the USMNT squad and showed his worth. His value was at a all-time high, so it was smart to sell him and receive $4 million. The Sounders can sign a few, if not more, players with the money they make off the Yedlin sale.
At the same time, it is smart to make sure Yedlin remains with the squad through at least this season and will join Tottenham for the 2015-16 EPL season. Yedlin is a key member of the Sounders’ defense and the team is currently at the top of both the Western Conference and Supporter Shield standings. He provides supports offensively on the wing that sets up key scoring chances.
Likewise, Yedlin is guaranteed to find playing time in Seattle. For Tottenham, it would have been possible that he’s not included in the 18 player active roster. At Yedlin’s age, he needs playing time in order to improve.
The guaranteed playing time with Seattle is good as well for Jurgen Klinsmann and US Soccer. Klinsmann is high on choosing players who see time with their respective clubs. At the same time, Yedlin’s consistent playing time allows him to improve in all aspects. Specifically, his defensive skills is his clear weakness. Sitting on a bench for Tottenham doesn’t let him improve himself defensively. Playing for Seattle game in and game out does that.
All in all, it’s a wise move by Seattle to agree to transfer Yedlin to Tottenham and have him remain on the team through at least the 2014 season.
The Sounders win because he is apart of a squad looking to win the Supporters Shield, US Open Cup, and MLS Cup.
Tottenham wins because they secured the rights to a talented young soccer player who is on the rise.
USMNT wins because Yedlin will still be getting consistent playing time in Seattle and down the road will compete with top teams in EPL.