US international DeAndre Yedlin signs for Tottenham Hotspur

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On Wednesday Tottenham Hotspur confirmed the capture of U.S. national team defender DeAndre Yedlin from the Seattle Sounders.

Yedlin, 21, burst onto the scene this summer at the 2014 World Cup as he was a surprise inclusion in Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad. After some impressive cameo appearances off the bench the Sounders academy product was dubbed a star of the future for the USA with his pacey displays down the right flank.

Yedlin has signed a four-year contract at Tottenham as his remarkable rise continues.

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Premier League side Tottenham wasted no time in jumping in to snap up the speedy right back as Spurs are said to have paid a $4 million fee for Yedlin, making him the most expensive Homegrown player Major League Soccer have ever produced. AS Roma were also in the hunt but Yedlin is heading to England’s top-flight instead of Serie A.

The Sounders will initially keep Yedlin until the end of the 2014 MLS season and then he will link up with his manager Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.

Speaking about his move to one of England’s most famous clubs, Yedlin had the following to say to Spurs’ website.

“I’m very excited to come to the Premier League and challenge myself against some of the best players in the world,” Yedlin said, “It’s a great team with a new coach and a style that suits the way I play. That’s a big reason I made the decision. I’ve talked to Jurgen Klinsmann a lot about this move and he supports it, which was one of the big reasons behind the decision.”

There is some confusion as to when Yedlin will leave Seattle, as Spurs said in their statement that “DeAndre has signed a four-year contract and will remain with Sounders before joining us ahead of the 2015/16 season.” Whether that means he will spend the start of the 2015 MLS season with Seattle, then switch to Spurs over the summer, it is not yet known. However it shakes out, Yedlin must have impressed Spurs during their preseason tour of the U.S. this summer as Tottenham and Seattle battled it out to a 3-3 draw at CenturyLink Field in July.

This move caps a meteoric rise for Yedlin, as the two-time MLS All-Star has gone from University of Akron to the Premier League in just over two years.

With Klinsmann’s close links at Spurs and Pochettino known as a manager to give young players a chance, Yedlin may well have found the perfect new home in North London. He will join current American goalkeeper Brad Friedel on Spurs’ roster and follow in the footsteps of his U.S national team captain Clint Dempsey by suiting up for Tottenham.

Yedlin has made 52 appearances in all competitions for the Sounders and will remain in the Emerald City his hometown, to try and win the 2014 MLS Cup. The Sounders are currently top of the Western Conference and are leading the Supporters’ Shield race.

Before Yedlin heads off to the PL to play for Spurs, he has some business to finish in MLS. Winning some silverware for Seattle.

Top Storylines for Premier League Week 6

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After a week of League Cup action domestically, the Premier League returns this weekend with a myriad of interesting matchups and storylines.

Let’s take a look at some of this week’s top story’s to follow:


Can Manchester City continue its torrid form?

Manchester City has finally found its groove under manager Pep Guardiola.

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The club has won five successive games, the last three coming on the road while scoring a combined 19 goals. Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are a terrific 1-2 punch while David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne have been stars in midfield, with De Bruyne pulling the strings for Man City all season.

There’s every likelihood that Man City will continue its impressive run on Saturday. The club hosts floundering Crystal Palace, which is still adjusting to new manager Roy Hodgson.

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On This Day: The Battle of Old Trafford

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Fourteen years ago today, Arsenal headed north to Manchester for a famous matchup with Manchester United.

Taking the field at Old Trafford, Arsenal were unbeaten to start the season, having won its first four Premier League matches before drawing a week prior at home against Portsmouth. Manchester United meanwhile had four wins and one loss in that span.

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By way of Arsenal’s FA Cup title and Man United’s Premier League title the year before, the two teams met for the annual Community Shield a month earlier, and the game descended into a physical battle. Five yellow cards were shown, Arsenal substitute Francis Jeffers was shown a red card and defender Sol Campbell was later banned for kicking at an opponent, and Man United – backed by a young Tim Howard in goal – won 4-3 on penalty kicks after the score was tied at 1-1 after extra time.

With numerous physical encounters over the years, the September 21 encounter was shaping up to be another monumental showdown, and in terms of physicality, it didn’t disappoint.

Each team were shown four yellow cards and there was a combined 31 fouls. The match took a turn when Patrick Vieira was shown a second yellow card and subsequent red card for kicking out at Man United’s Ruud Van Nistelrooy after Van Nistelrooy had fouled Vieira going for a header. The decision set off a scrum in the middle of the field.

Despite being down to ten men, Arsenal held on until the final minutes, when Martin Keown was whistled for a foul in the box on Diego Forlan, giving Man United a penalty kick. But whether it was karma or lady luck, Van Nistelrooy’s penalty clanged off the crossbar and away to safety. Arsenal held on for a goalless draw, which helped boost the team’s belief in itself.

The Gunners went on to finish the 2013-2014 season undefeated, the only team to finish a Premier League season without a defeat. Man United wound up taking the FA Cup crown, settling for third place in the Premier League.

Watch some highlights from the match below.

Former Sunderland forward Scocco scores five goals for River Plate

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Veteran forward Ignacio “Nacho” Scocco is quickly endearing himself to the River Plate faithful.

Nearly three months since joining River, Scocco scored an incredible five goals in the second leg of his team’s Copa Libertadores quarterfinal matchup with Bolivian side Jorge Wilstermann. Scocco scored a first half hat-trick and added two more in the second half as River turned around a 3-0 deficit heading into the second leg.

Scocco had a mostly frustrating spell in 2014 ahead of the World Cup with Sunderland, joining the club as they staved off relegation by one point. Scocco failed to score for Sunderland in eight appearances, all off the bench.

However, since then, he returned to his native Argentina and starred for his hometown club Newell’s Old Boys before moving this summer to River as a replacement for Sebastián Driussi, who completed a transfer to Zenit St. Petersburg.

Here’s a look at all of Scocco’s goals Thursday evening.

Tammy Abraham denies switching national teams

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Fans of the England National Team may still have a chance to see Tammy Abraham don the Three Lions crest one day.

Abraham refuted reports from earlier Thursday that he was in the process of switching his national team to Nigeria from England. The 19-year-old Swansea City forward on-loan from Chelsea has played as high as the England Under-21 Men’s National Team but because of his Nigerian father, he’s eligible for the African nation.

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Abraham confirmed that he had met with Nigeria Football Federation chief Amaju Pinnick after Swansea’s last game, but denied that he was looking to play for the Super Eagles.

“I have informed The FA that I remain available for selection for England,” Abraham said, via the BBC. “Contrary to reports in the media I would like to clarify that I have not agreed to switch my national team allegiance. I can confirm I met the President of the NFF after our last game against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday given he is a friend of my father. However, any suggestion that I have made a decision to change my international representation is incorrect and wide of the mark.”

Earlier in the day, reports emerged that Pinnick said the process was underway for Abraham to switch his international allegiance.

Abraham’s apparently decision to remain with the England set-up is good news for his club Swansea City, who will get to keep him closer to Wales on a regular basis, but Abraham may be missing a chance to play senior national team soccer at a young age.