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Q&A: Newly signed defender amazed by move from Sounders fan to Sounders player

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Jan. 11, 2013 at 11:34 am with No Comments »
January 11, 2013 11:35 am

Here’s a Q&A — provided by the Sounders — with DeAndre Yedlin, formerly of O’Dea, who has signed on as Seattle’s first homegrown player:

On the process of signing…) “I’ve been pretty anxious the whole time. I’m excited about it…With the holidays that just came around, everything just took a little bit longer. A little bit of anxiety, but it’s been good now that it’s finally here. I’m really excited.”

On being a Sounder…) “It’s amazing to start my professional career in a place where I started playing soccer in the first place. I think that’s the main thing for me. That’s why I think I’m so excited; just to be able to perform in front of all the fans. It’s the best place to play in the United States—one of the best in the world I think. It’s very exciting for me.”

On if he’s attended many games…) “Yeah I have, especially with the U18 team. We got to sit on the bench toward the end of the year, and that was definitely a great experience. Yeah, I’ve been to a fair amount of them.”

On the atmosphere of games…) “It’s amazing. Seattle definitely has the best fans that I’ve ever seen at a sporting event. To be able to play in front of them now is just going to be unbelievable.”

On being the first Homegrown Player to sign…) “Obviously, I’ve been blessed to have an opportunity to be the first. I know there will be more to come, but it’s a great feeling. It really is a great feeling. Hopefully I can start a path for the next homegrowns to come.”

On Caleb Porter, Akron and preparing for MLS…) “At Akron, it’s definitely a professional environment, so that being one. Two, I watch a lot of Sounders. [Adam] Johansson and the right side seem to get up a lot, and as many people know I like to attack a lot. Just the whole attacking mindset will help me to succeed with Seattle.”

On when signing became a reality…) “I’d gotten a few calls from Sigi [Schmid] in October or September, just checking up on me. I think it was then that it clicked that they were looking at me and tracking my progress. I think that’s when I realized this could probably happen this year. Then, obviously, when we got to December things moved along and finally came to an agreement.”

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