Seattle's native son, former Sounder DeAndre Yedlin, will join Sunderland on loan from Tottenham Hotspur for the remainder of the season. The deal has been confirmed by both clubs.
Sunderland, the former home for U.S. players Jozy Altidore and Claudio Reyna, started the Premier League season at 0-2-2 and have conceded 10 goals in four matches. Manager Dick Advocaat has been playing 28-year-old Billy Jones at right back, and Jones has not been particularly impressive at the season's start.
This move appears to be a win-win for both teams. Yedlin could provide some immediate relief to a team that has limited options at both right back and right wing. In return, Yedlin — who has made just two substitute appearances for Tottenham — should get quality playing time at a Premier League club, and hopefully come back to Spurs next season with more confidence, skills, and experience to compete for playing time on the squad.
"I've heard fantastic things about Sunderland and the supporters from Claudio Reyna and Jozy Altidore," Yedlin said in a statement on Sunderland's website. "Claudio speaks very highly of Dick Advocaat from his time at Rangers."
The loan should also ensure Yedlin gets the minutes he needs to stay in the USMNT picture. Yedlin, who has made 23 appearances for the U.S., was called up for this month's friendlies against Peru and Brazil.
Yedlin will likely have to wait until at least Sept. 19 to make his debut. While it's not a return to the city with the Bluest Skies, this sounds like a good move for Seattle's first homegrown player to sign with the club. #SeattleLove