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.

MLS (afternoon) roundup: Historically awful MNUFC spanked again

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The fourth (partial — playing during international breaks should be banned) MLS Saturday of 2017 is two-thirds of the way complete. A quick roundup of the day’s early games…

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New England Revolution 5-2 Minnesota United

What else needs to be said about Minnesota at this point? What else can be said? The number of goals they’ve conceded in their first four MLS games: 5, 6, 2, and 5. While (we think) a bit of luck will eventually go their way, and they’ll curtail the goals they’re conceding (we can’t be sure anymore), Adrian Heath’s side is on pace to conceded 153 goals this season.

Anyway, New England picked up their first win of the season. The quality (and ease) of goals scored will tell you everything you need to know about Minnesota’s defending.

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New York Red Bulls 0-0 Real Salt Lake

Five days after firing head coach Jeff Cassar, RSL returned to their inept, toothless ways in a scoreless draw away to New York. Through four games, the Claret and Cobalt have scored all of one goal, and genuinely look the league’s most lifeless side; Minnesota have at least shown signs of quality in the attacking half.

On Saturday, New York created the majority of the game’s best chances — a pair of shots from distance, masterfully saved by deputy goalkeeper Matt VanOekel — but the chance that will live in the memories of RSL fans for a lifetime came and went in agonizing fashion.

Albanian federation denounces “extremist acts” of their fans in Italy

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TIRANA, Albania (AP) Albania’s soccer federation has strongly denounced the incident that halted the World Cup Group G qualifier with Italy for nearly nine minutes on Friday.

During the match, which was won by Italy, 2-0, a group calling itself Illyrian Elite threw flares onto the pitch.

“Such totally extremist actions from the grouping Illyrian Elite have nothing to do with the excellent Albanian fans” who were distinguished in the EURO 2016 finals in France for their friendship and camaraderie in their festivities, the statement added.

The federation said an coach Gianni De Biasi also was “upset by the flares,” adding that during five years he has been in charge “I’ve seen something that’s never happened before.”

USMNT: 4 players, including Brooks, Lletget, released; Arriola added

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Hours after his side’s 6-0 thrashing of Honduras to resuscitate dreams of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, Bruce Arena announced on Saturday five changes to the U.S. national team roster ahead of Tuesday’s qualifier against Panama.

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John Brooks (sinus infection), Sebastian Lletget (foot), Jordan Morris (knee) and Michael Orozco (knee) were all released back to their club teams, while Club Tijuana midfielder Paul Arriola was added to the squad.

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Brooks dealt with the sinus infection throughout USMNT camp this past week, as Morris did his knee injury which he picked up last weekend. Lletget left Friday’s win over Honduras in the 18th minute and will undergo further tests to determine the severity of his injury; he was seen leaving the stadium on crutches and wearing a walking boot.

The USMNT’s roster for Tuesday’s qualifier in Panama City, Panama, now stands at 23 players, and reads as follows:

Goalkeepers: David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Rapinoe won’t back down on social issues despite U.S. Soccer policy

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Megan Rapinoe recently earned her spot back in the U.S. Women’s National Team squad ahead of next month’s friendlies against Russia, but the veteran won’t remain silent when it comes to her stance on the social climate of America.

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The 31-year-old was scrutinized for joining NFL player Colin Kaepernick in 2016 when they knelt during their respective sporting events, along with dozens of other athletes across the United States.

While Rapinoe admits that the form of protest is up for discussion, she also states that social inequality issues in the U.S. go far beyond that.

“What has surprised me the most, especially post-election, is that people are still sort of arguing against it. It’s really obvious that we have very serious inequality in this country across many different spectrums,” Rapinoe told the Guardian. “Yes, we can talk about the form of protest, or the way it’s done, or this or that. But it’s still not really the conversation that I think we desperately need to have more of in this country.”

A few weeks back, U.S. Soccer announced that it now requires all players that represent the Stars and Stripes to stand when the national anthem is played, and Rapinoe has agreed to do such.

While her days of kneeling on the pitch are in the past, Rapinoe believes she wouldn’t do anything different because she was simply trying to spark discussion amongst the American people.

“I don’t think there’s any perfect way to protest. I think if there was something else being done, something else would have been said about it. I can’t look back and say that I would have done this different, this different or this different.

“I can sleep at night knowing that I genuinely tried to have a really important conversation, or at least tried to open it up. I think I came to it with an open mind, an open heart and tried to get as many people to talk about it as I could.”