DeAndre Yedlin Profile
|Born||Jul 09, 1993|
|Birthplace||Seattle, Washington, USA|
After taking the MLS by storm, the player moved to the Premier League and continues to test himself against the very best in the world. Planet Sport takes an in-depth look at his career so far.
DeAndre Yedlin was born and raised in Seattle in the United States. He began playing soccer at the age of four and played with the Washington Youth Soccer State Olympic Development Program.
Yedlin went to O'Dea High School in Seattle, which also produced 1992 Masters champion Fred Couples.
Yedlin played for youth teams Crossfire Premier, Emerald City FC, and Northwest Nationals before joining the Seattle Sounders FC youth academy in 2010.
In juniors, he was part of the Washington state champions in 2005, 2008 and 2009, and was invited to the National Super Y Team in 2007 and 2008.
Yedlin played one year in the youth academy before signing a letter of intent to play college soccer at the University of Akron in Ohio.
He was ranked seventh in the nation among college recruits in 2011 and was an NSCAA Boys Youth All-American.
With the Zips, Yedlin played in 23 games as a freshman with 20 starts in 2011. He scored one goal, against Ohio State, and added six assists.
Akron qualified for the NCAA Tournament and Yedlin was named a College Soccer News Freshman All-American.
In 2012, Akron went 17-1-2 and entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 5 seed. Yedlin had six assists in 2012 and was on the All-MAC First Team for the second year in a row.
Career with Seattle Sounders
Yedlin signed a professional contract with the Seattle Sounders on January 11, 2013, as the team's first-ever Homegrown player.
He made his MLS debut on March 2 and was named in the MLS Team of the Week, the first rookie to ever win the honour on his debut.
Yedlin's first Sounders goal came in a CONCACAF Champions League game against Tigres on March 12.
Yedlin scored his first MLS goal on July 20 against Colorado Rapids in a 1-1 draw. He made the MLS All-Star team as a rookie and played in the July 31 game against AS Roma.
He was the first rookie All-Star in nearly a decade and was named the third-best MLS player under the age of 25 by MLSSoccer.com.
Yedlin played in 31 games during his rookie season with 30 starts. He scored one goal, had two assists and logged 2,710 minutes on the field.
In the playoffs, he started two of the Sounders' three games. Yedlin had an assist in the knockout round win and scored in the 74th minute of the Western Conference semi-final second leg against Portland.
The 2014 season saw Yedlin play in 25 games with 25 starts as Seattle won the Supporters' Shield with 64 points. He didn't score but did have four assists and logged 2,220 minutes for the Sounders.
In the playoffs, he started all four games and played 360 minutes. Seattle got past FC Dallas in the first round but lost to the eventual MLS champions LA Galaxy on away goals in the Western Conference Finals.
Move to the English Premier League
After the 2014 MLS season, Yedlin left for the Premier League. His long-rumoured contract with Tottenham Hotspur became official in January 2015, and he appeared with the U-21 team on January 9.
He made his Premier League debut on April 11, 2015, in a loss to Aston Villa.
This ended up being his only game for Spurs as he was loaned to Sunderland for the 2015/16 campaign.
He made his Black Cats debut in a League Cup game on September 22, 2015, with an assist in a 4-1 loss to Manchester City. Yedlin made his first Premier League start on October 3.
Yedlin picked up his first Premier League assist on March 1, 2016, against Crystal Palace in a 2-2 draw.
He finished the season with 23 games, 21 starts, and two yellow cards as Sunderland narrowly escaped relegation, finishing in 17th place.
Newcastle United years
Yedlin moved to Newcastle United on August 24, 2016, for $6.7million on a five-year contract.
Newcastle had been relegated to the English Championship, and Yedlin made his debut as a substitute on August 27. He scored his first goal in England as a substitute on September 10 in a 2-0 win at Derby County.
Yedlin picked up two assists in the next five games and then assisted twice more on January 21 against Rotherham United.
The Magpies earned promotion back to the Premier League with a 3-0 home win against Barnsley on May 7, with Yedlin playing all 90 minutes.
Yedlin did not play in the 2017/18 Premier League season opener but started and played all 90 minutes in the next 10 games.
He picked up an assist at Manchester United in a 4-1 loss. When all was said and done, Yedlin played in 34 games with 31 starts as Newcastle finished in 10th place.
The 2018/19 season saw the Magpies finish in 13th place with 45 points from 38 games. Yedlin appeared in 29 games with 28 starts, and he tallied two assists.
He scored his first Premier League goal on September 1, 2018, in a 2-1 loss at Manchester City.
Yedlin didn't appear in the first six games of the 2019/20 season and came off the bench in the midfield against Leicester City on September 29.
He started six straight games after that at wing-back and scored against Bournemouth on November 9.
He started just one game between December 28, 2019, and the end of the season. That contest came on July 8 against Manchester City, a 5-0 away loss.
Overall in the interrupted campaign, Yedlin played in 16 games with 10 starts as the Magpies again finished 13th.
He played in all four FA Cup games in 2020, with Newcastle reaching the quarter-finals, where they lost 2-0 at home to Manchester City.
In the fourth round, Yedlin played all 120 minutes of the 3-2 replay win at Oxford United.
Yedlin played in Newcastle's EFL Cup wins in September 2020. He started and played all 90 minutes in the second round against Blackburn Rovers.
A week later, he started at left-back and had an assist in the 7-0 win over Morecambe.
International career with the United States
Yedlin was first involved with the national team when he was invited to the U-18 National Training Camp in 2010.
He was named to the U-20 squad in 2013 and played for the US in the 2013 FIFA U-23 World Cup in Turkey.
He made his senior team debut on February 1, 2014, in a friendly against South Korea.
He was named to the 2014 World Cup team for the US and entered the group stage game against Portugal as a substitute in the 71st minute.
He logged seven minutes in the next game against Germany and played 89 minutes as a sub in the round of 16 extra-time loss to Belgium.
Yedlin picked up his first international assist against Ecuador on October 10, 2014, in a friendly draw. He added three assists in 2015 and played in five CONCACAF Gold Cup games as the US finished fourth.
The 2016 season saw Yedlin play 14 times for his country with 12 starts.
He started all three games in the group stage of the Copa America Centenario, including in the clean sheets against Costa Rica and Paraguay.
In 2017, he picked up an assist in a World Cup Qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago, a 2-0 win. He played six games in 2017, all starts, but the US failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
In 2018, Yedlin played in eight friendlies for the US, and he added two more in 2019. He hasn't appeared for the national team since a 2-2 draw against Chile on March 26, 2019.
Yedlin was raised by his grandfather, Ira Yedlin, and step-grandmother, Vicki Walton.
His uncle, Dylan Walton-Yedlin, was a two-time All-American in football at Union College in New York. Yedlin's mother, Rebecca Yedlin, is a college sports instructor.
He is in a long-term relationship with Instagram model Crystal Ann Rodriguez and they have created a new brand called Roselle.
In 2016, Yedlin signed a five-year contract with Newcastle that pays him $2million per year. His net worth is estimated to be around $13.34million.