DeAndre Yedlin made it back to Seattle in time to catch Sunday's match against the Houston Dynamo. Well, in time to watch it, anyway.
Just a day after returning from Europe -- reportedly to undergo a physical at Tottenham -- Yedlin was only a spectator for the Seattle Sounders' win.
"Yedlin's situation is very close," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid explained after the match. "Some things are not entirely completed yet, so we didn't want to play him and have a risk of an injury happenning without everything being finalized. Hopefully that will be finalized and completed in the next day or two."
Even if Yedlin's move had been finalized, though, it's probably unlikely that he would have started. Ever since returning from the World Cup, Yedlin's life has been a bit of a whirlwind. After spending several days making the rounds in New York doing various interviews, Yedlin returned to the Sounders and made his first appearance just eight days after the United States' loss to Belgium. Starting with the U.S. Open Cup match against the Portland Timbers, Yedlin has now played five matches in less than a month.
Compounding the wear and tear of all those games was having made two trans-Atlantic flights in the span of three days. Yedlin also hadn't gone through a full training session with the Sounders since last Friday, having just gone through a work out with the team's coaches on Sunday.