The DeAndre-Yedlin-to-Roma rumor just might pan out


DeAndre Yedlin’s impressive performances at the World Cup were bound to result in a slew of rumors linking him to various clubs around the world. In fact, just yesterday the story of his imminent training with Liverpool was making the rounds, although closer examination suggested that idea be treated with plenty of skepticism.

Today, Italian sport daily Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that a deal for Yedlin has been completed. The race was between Italian sides Genoa and Roma, but the capital club have won out. It’s said that the terms of the agreement allow the 20-year-old to remain with the Seattle Sounders for another year, completing this season and not joining up with Roma until summer 2015.

As always, take these transfer stories with a grain of salt until you see the player in question holding up the shirt. Writers might be easily tempted to connect Yedlin to Roma: the club’s majority shareholders are American, along with president James Pallotta. That, and the fact that USMNT teammate Michael Bradley spent a year and a half with the giallorossi before joining Toronto FC, may make this an easy sell.

Then why write about it? Believe it or not, the reason isn’t to make Sounders fans sad (although at least you’d get another year of him!). La Gazzetta are usually one of the most reliable sources of Italy transfer news, so that gives this story more weight than, say, “American sources” reporting Yedlin will head to Liverpool for a trial.

What do you think? Do you believe the young defender will be signing for Roma? And if so, do you think this arrangement, which allows him more time to develop in MLS, is a good one?

In “pretty good listener” Klopp, Liverpool has breath of fresh air

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In some ways, all managers are the same: intelligent football men messing around with the puzzle that is winning matches.

But to listen to Jurgen Klopp’s introductory press conference is to get a different view. While some managers sound like they create the puzzles, or even create the game itself, Klopp speaks of the challenge with reverence.

[ MORE: Klopp unveiled as “the Normal One” ]

In other words, it seems unlikely we will be hearing him utter phrases designed at painting himself as a Picasso of the pitch, rather that of a museum curator.

For example, here’s the new Liverpool boss on the club’s history.

From JPW on Merseyside:

“Twenty-five years ago [since the last league title] is a long time,” Klopp said. “History is only the base for us, [we shouldn’t] keep the history in our backpack all day. I want to see the first step next week and not always compare with other times. This is a great club with big potential. Everything is there. Let’s try to start a new way. Everything is different – I don’t know it all but I’m a pretty good listener.”

The “normal one” speaks like an honor student, not the know-it-all professor demanding students regurgitate facts from the book he wrote and tossed on the syllabus.

And perhaps this is the manner in which the Reds will add a new, positive chapter to their storied history.

Kreis, Schmid dismiss Messing’s job switch comments

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Broadcaster and New York soccer hero Shep Messing caused quite a stir with his comments during the Red Bulls/Impact match on Wednesday, and those words have cause plenty of reaction in MLS.

If you missed it, Messing claims that New York City FC is ready to move on from Jason Kreis after just one season, and that Seattle coach Sigi Schmid is set to swap jobs with the NYC boss.

Messing also claims that Caleb Porter could end his disappointing run in Portland to head back to college soccer.

Kreis and Schmid disagree. The latter says he loves the Sounders and is committed to bringing an MLS Cup to Seattle. Kreis was just flabbergasted.


“I was watching the game last night, and it caught me completely by surprise. I thought that was an absolutely ludicrous statement and unfounded,” Kreis said after training Thursday. “I have no knowledge of that information at all, and I kind of scratch my head because at the end of the day I’m very happy here.”

So is there any truth here? The Porter part makes sense, especially if the Timbers fail to make the postseason again and the brash coach wishes to go back to a place where he’s had success.

As for Schmid and Kreis, that’s a curious one. Maybe NYC’s star studded roster would like a change, and Schmid has more success with big egos. And Kreis would thrive just about anywhere, but why would NYC ditch a man who built this from scratch? They’ve invested so much in the ex-RSL legend.