|DeAndre Yedlin playing for Sounders U-23's vs. Kitsap Pumas in 2012|
(photo by Chris Coulter, SoundersPhotos.com)
After the World Cup, DeAndre had offers from many of the top clubs in Europe. However, he was adamant that he wouldn't leave the Sounders until after the current season. The Sounders currently lead the race in MLS for the Supporter's Shield. They play for the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday. The ultimate goal is MLS Cup. As a Sounders fan, I will miss DeAndre not wearing the Rave Green. However, it has always been his dream to play in Europe. Next year I'll probably be waking up early on Saturday mornings to watch DeAndre play right back for Tottenham Hotspur in England's Premier League.
|Jordan Morris playing for Sounders U-23's|
vs. Portalnd Timbers U-23's in 2014
(Photo by Chris Coulter, SoundersPhotos.com)
Jordan grew up on Mercer Island. He would actually join the Sounders as their fourth Home Grown Player. This year the team also signed Aaron Kovar, from Seattle, and Sean Okoli, from Federal Way. Kovar and Okoli have mostly been bench players this year, and have gotten little playing time. Next year there is a very good chance that Kovar and Okoli, and other Sounders prospects, will play for a Sounders USL Pro team, a minor league team similar to baseball's Tacoma Rainiers. The USL team would play at Starfire. It's hard to believe the Sounders have only existed as a Major League Soccer franchise for six years. It's a good time to be a Sounder.
- Geoff Baker's profile in The Seattle Times on DeAndre Yedlin here. Warning for younger readers: DeAndre's dad committed some horrible crimes, and they are named in the piece.
- Dave Clark at Sounder at Heart muses on Jordan Morris here and here.
- Liviu Bird of Sports Illustrated reports on Seattle's potential USL Pro team here.