Reports, both from Italy (Gazzetta) and the US (No Short Corners), indicate that Seattle Sounders FC right back DeAndre Yedlin will be an AS Roma player quite soon. There are still details to be worked out, but the foundation is similar to the Roma buys and loans that Chiesa Di Totti covered recently. Genoa may or may not be a temporary destination as Yedlin earns his work permit.
There is a new wrinkle though. DeAndre would remain with Seattle through the end of this MLS season. That gives the soon-to-be 21-year old time for a bit of a going away party with more than 40,000 friends each week. It also does not delay Sounders FC's ambitions of winning at least one major trophy this year.
As a homegrown player Yedlin's sales fee generates a higher rate of return than a non-HGP. A sale of Yedlin will likely grant Adrian Hanauer & Co maximum Allocation Money to avoid the salary cap and additional millions to use for other soccer related activities (Academy, DP transfer fees, facilities, etc). None of the reports indicate the size of the transfer fee at this time. Andy Najar was transferred with a bit less hype for around 3 million dollars.
Yedlin was Seattle's first ever HGP signing. He spent one year in the Sounders Academy, two seasons at Akron and rose from fringe player to World Cup star in just 18 months.
It is notable that AS Roma saw Yedlin last summer when they faced him in the MLS All Star Game. One of their board of directors is a Seattle native - Brian Klein.