World Cup Profile: Seattle’s Own DeAndre Yedlin

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(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

We’d been waiting for him to appear in World Cup action, and DeAndre did, on Sunday against Portugal. Once he was subbed in, and in typical fashion, he took off with the ball from his fullback line to the upper right corner and sent in a perfect cross that led the US to our second goal. (Portugal tied it up at 2-2 in the 95th minute…) This was DeAndre’s spectacular World Cup debut.

Yedlin was born in Seattle (way back in 1993) and attended O’dea High School on First Hill. He was raised by his grandparents and has been playing since he was 4 years old.

In 2013, Yedlin made the US Under-20 squad and went to their World Cup that same year.
Also in 2013, he became the first ‘Homegrown Player’ in Seattle Sounders‘ club history after signing on January 11 following two seasons at Akron.

As a season-ticket holder for the Seattle Sounders, I was immediately impressed with Yedlin’s style of play, and especially by his hair:

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

According to Yahoo Sports, Yedlin is one of the lowest-paid players in the World Cup tournament, earning just $92,000 a year with the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer.

No doubt, after his outstanding World Cup debut, Yedlin will be subbed-in again for the USA Vs. Germany match. His fresh, go-for-days legs are the spark plug the US needs to continue in the tourney. Good luck, DeAndre!

- Lee Callahan, Jack Seattle

More Photos of DeAndre Yedlin here.

Read more about World Cup action here.

Related: Thrilling Finishes in World Cup 2014, so far.

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