Written by Will Parchman

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DeAndre Yedlin’s sale to Tottenham two years ago was maybe the most significant American transfer in history. Hear me out.

Of course, Yedlin was one of the few Americans in MLS history to command a decent chunk of transfer change, and one of even fewer defenders. So there’s that. The $10 million Villarreal paid MLS for Jozy Altidore is still the king of the castle, but Yedlin’s $3.3 fit snugly into the top seven. The fact that he’d been purchased by a club like Tottenham, which finished in Champions League position in Yedlin’s first year in London, only sweetened the pot.

But the attendant domino effect his transfer had on the American soccer landscape was (and is) an even bigger deal. It’s too convoluted a story to get into in depth here, but Yedlin’s youth club Crossfire didn’t get a dime of the FIFA-mandated training compensation portion of the transfer fee, and it took its grievance national. And then the Dallas Texans did the same for former academy product Clint Dempsey. And, just recently, South Florida’s Weston FC did the same for producing newly minted Philadelphia Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya.

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Written by Will Parchman

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DeAndre Yedlin had a fine Copa America. He wasn’t particularly great, but it was clear Sunderland was good to him in a positional defensive sense in the 2015-16 season, and his one real moment of madness involved a couple yellow cards and a sending off against Paraguay.

In the interim, he proved himself as a pretty good fullback who’s still somewhat naive defensively. But don’t forget those afterburners. He still has those.

The U.S. didn’t register a single shot in the 4-0 Copa America semifinal loss to Argentina, but Yedlin did do this thing. He chased down Messi in a flat foot race and broke up a breakaway. ‘Merica. In the absence of technical ability, we can run fast and jump high. This is what we do.

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Written by Will Parchman

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Imagine for a moment you’re the director of football for a European club with an average of £10 million to spend every January. You have a team capable of competing for Europa League qualification every year via the most competitive top six in world soccer. And with the right coach, you may even sneak into the top four with a parcel of top class overachieving.

Your mandate is maddeningly simple: replace whatever world class talent you sell on with gems that’ve yet to hit their market peak and cultivate enough depth to get you through a physical season in the league. It’s the latter bullet point that causes the churn.

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Written by Will Parchman

Depending who you talk to, DeAndre Yedlin’s first Premier League appearance for Tottenham over the weekend was either too long in coming or a pleasant surprise. He’s been stuck behind a logjam of talent in North London, but Kyle Walker’s recent injury opened up the pipeline to right back that Yedlin slid into in the 79th minute on Saturday.

Yedlin largely looked calm on possession and completed all three of his passes. Could this mean he’s the next Philipp Lahm? Naturally. Commence freak-outs now.

If you wanted to see every touch of Yedlin’s from his Premier League debut, USMNT video man Rob Usry has you covered, as usual. And so the hype train rolls on, unimpeded.

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Written by Will Parchman

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Spurs have right backs in the physical sense, but I’m not sure they have them in any kind of philosophical one. Kyle Walker is reportedly not close to returning from a March hip surgery. Kyle Naughton sucks. Vlad Chiriches, who started Spurs’ blowout loss to Chelsea at right back on Wednesday, is a central defender.

So perhaps 21-year-old DeAndre Yedlin’s arrival in January will be met with a bit more fanfare than it otherwise would. Now that Yedlin’s MLS career is over (for the foreseeable future anyway), Spurs fans can look ahead to his arrival at White Hart Lane in January with something more than mild interest. Spurs might need Yedlin to be very good, very fast.

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

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Well deserved for a player that played his college ball at Akron under Caleb Porter. He shined at the World Cup and now he hopes to do the same for Tottenham. Here’s to a successful stint for the young American. Video after the jump…

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Written by Travis Clark

ZardesOne of the many oddities about MLS is that on a semi-regular basis, the MLS Players Union releases the salaries of every single player in the league.

And whether or not the numbers listed are accurate, the release of these figures always generates a lot of discussion, and is a fascinating insight into how much (or how little) players in MLS actually make on a yearly basis.

In the light of this, it’s an interesting exercise to extract the salaries of players signed to homegrown contracts (Academy products). Whether players sign directly from the Academy or after a year or more of college, the numbers are of a wide variety.

There are a few notables from this week’s announcement: the reported salary of what former Indiana striker Tommy Thompson makes is third highest among homegrown signings, behind Gyasi Zardesand Will Trapp. Jordan Allen isn’t doing too bad for himself after a season playing at Virginia, while the same can be said for Harrison Shipp, who has looked like well worth his salary so far. New TFC homegrown signing Jordan Hamilton certainly had a solid offer to go to when he decided not to play for Maryland.

For comparison’s sake, here are the salaries of homegrown players from last year. The full list of homegrown player salaries from this week’s report is after the jump.

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deandre-yedlin-usmnt-soccer-biographyAt the start of 2010, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley and Herculez Gomez each had less than three caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Some, like Buddle, hadn’t been on the radar for seven years prior to that.

Fans of the USMNT will recall what happened next — the three put together remarkable stretches from January-May, eventually convincing Bob Bradley that the three deserves a spot on the plane to South Africa. Findley started three games there, Buddle made two and Gomez played three times at the 2010 World Cup.

As April approaches, are there any players capable of making a run similar to those three? Problems in the forward department obviously forced Bob Bradley’s hand to an extent back in 2010, and things seem a bit more straightforward under Jurgen Klinsmann.

Of course, there are problem areas that Klinsmann is certainly on the lookout for. Spots on the back line might be up for grabs, creativity in the midfield can always use a boost and scoring options are always welcome.

Here are five players with three caps or fewer who might just possibly be able to snag a spot in Brazil. There are obviously other long shot candidates who have more caps (NOTE: Julian Green not included because we think he’s already be on the plane).

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

We had the opportunity to head down to the U20 MNT camp last week at the Home Depot Center. The fellas were in training for their U20 World Cup appearance beginning on June 21 when they’ll be in Group A alongside Spain, France and Ghana. We spoke with Benji Joya (above), Danny Garcia and DeAndre Yedlin about their progress thus far.

DeAndre Yedlin’s interview can be seen here.
Danny Garcia’s interview can be seen here.

 

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

We had the opportunity to head down to the U20 MNT camp last week at the Home Depot Center. The fellas were in training for their U20 World Cup appearance beginning on June 21 when they’ll be in Group A alongside Spain, France and Ghana. We spoke with DeAndre Yedlin (above), Danny Garcia and Benji Joya about their progress thus far.

Danny Garcia’s interview can be seen here.
Benji Joya’s interview can be seen here.

 

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