DeAndre Yedlin is coming home. No, not for long and not to play for the Seattle Sounders, but the newly promoted Newcastle man is planning to train with his old team in order to stay sharp for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
“I definitely needed a little bit of a break, but I love football,” Yedlin told Sports Illustrated. “When I’m gone for a week or two, I start to get the itch to get back onto the field. That’s the way I am.”
There’s been no official statement from the Sounders, but we can infer that Yedlin is probably going to be here next week, as the United States will probably start calling in players the following week ahead of the June 8 match against Trinidad & Tobago and June 11 match against Mexico.
Yedlin is coming off a particularly satisfying season, making 27 appearances and 21 starts after transferring to Newcastle United. Choosing to join a Championship team was definitely a risk, but it paid off as the Magpies won the league and promotion.
He also sounds much more comfortable in Newcastle than he was in London, where he was living after moving to Tottenham from the Sounders in 2015.
“It doesn’t have the mountain, but it has its nature. It’s a little bit isolated. There’s definitely a more Seattle feel. Living in London and having a lavish lifestyle, it’s not that important to me. I’m fine with just a simple life. That’s what got me here.”