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What should Yedlin do next?

DeAndre Yedlin

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It is the question on the mind of every American soccer fan right now. What’s next for DeAndre Yedlin?

According to multiple reports, Yedlin’s representatives and the Seattle Sounders have been fielding numerous international offers, with a chance for Yedlin to use his 111 minutes of World Cup performances as a springboard to greater glory.

Then again, Yedlin could remain in MLS, where he’s pretty much guaranteed to start at right back after winning the job in his rookie season, playing for his hometown club in the city he’s always called home.

So what should Yedlin do next? Let’s take a look at his options:


If Yedlin were to accept one of the many offers on the table from European side’s, it would certainly put him in good stead with U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Klinsmann has never been shy about urging his squad to move to Europe and challenge themselves in new environments, constantly moving up the ladder until they become regulars on UEFA Champions League clubs and/or title contenders. If it’s true that AS Roma are one of the clubs interested in Yedlin, a move to Italy’s capital would put him immediately into a squad participating in the Champions League.

While he would likely have to wait a year or two to see the field on a regular basis  at Roma, (barring injuries to other players), Yedlin could eventually take over as the ready-made replacement for right back Maicon, who at age 32 probably only has a few years left playing at top-level.

Even if Yedlin moved to another club in Europe that isn’t in the Champions League, he could join a smaller side, work his way into the squad, impress, and then a year later move to a bigger club.

One thing is clear. Interest in his services may never reach this high a level again for several years, so this is probably as good a time as any to land a big payday for his services.


While the Sounders and MLS would certainly part with Yedlin if a buyer met a high enough price, the club would rather Yedlin finish the season as they contend for an MLS Cup title.

If Yedlin did agree a move abroad and remained in MLS through January, it would allow him to continue to develop and start consistently, instead of potentially finding himself lower on the depth chart of a European club in July and having to wait it out.

That being said, a move in January would make it tough for Yedlin to break into the starting XI and he would likely not be in great rhythm due to the differences in the MLS and European calendars.


Having noticed the wave of USMNT regulars remaining or moving back to MLS, Yedlin could very well decide that there’s no need to leave home right now, and that it may not be worth leaving a great situation for a more uncertain one.

Every time a coach is fired, almost every player has to prove themselves to the new coach, and sometimes the new coach doesn’t have a place for a player, even if they were once a regular in the squad.

In addition, as shown by Graham Zusi, Kyle Beckerman, Brad Davis, and Matt Besler, staying in MLS as opposed to moving abroad doesn’t necessarily hurt your USMNT stock. Being stuck in poor situations abroad ultimately may have hurt players such as Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan, and Brek Shea from making the final World Cup squad.

Finally, even if Yedlin does reject the current crop of offers, there’s no reason to believe that any future performances won’t be rewarded with more interest from abroad.


What do you think Yedlin should do? What would you like to see him do?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Brett

    I think he should go while his stock is high. If he goes back to MLS, he can’t theoretically raise his value any higher by performing for Seattle.

    I won’t speculate on where he should go until offers are confirmed. Pace plays in any league, so if he is ready to face the challenge I think he can play wherever he chooses.


  • Go_USA

    Move to Europe immediately because the season is starting. Yedlin is young and is better to take the European challenge asap.


  • EastBayGrease

    Thank you to JK for including Yedlin in the WC squad… In addition to his stellar play, we now have a highly athletic young American set to super charge his development by making the leap to a top Italian club. I hear the Italians know a thing or two about defending.


  • SoundersFan

    Yedlin has a couple options, go to Europe, experience countries that can’t get enough of the sport, expect nothing but the best, and will look at Yedlin as an American and he will have to work twice as hard as any other player to be looked upon as a good player.

    The other option stay in MLS get paid less, play every game, and be marketed as the next best thing for US Soccer (i.e. Adu)

    It could be really hard to go abroad with the different cultures and languages, so I think he should go if he can handle not playing much in competitive matches and can deal with the culture shock, he is only 20. If that could be too much, stay in MLS for 2 more years than bounce to Europe.


  • keivno

    Here’s hoping he goes to a mid-level Bundesliga team, which is the odds on best place for him to actually receive playing time and develop if history of US players is any indication.


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