An American soccer player DeAndre Yedlin was born as DeAndre Roselle Yedlin on 9th July, 1993 in Seattle, Washington, United States. He currently plays for Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer as well as the United States national team. Yedlin was raised by his grandparents. He began to play soccer when he was at the age of four. He learned while watching his uncle from the sideline. Darren Sawatzky, the youth director of Seattle Sounders first saw him playing at the age of eleven and later he said that Yedlin was “an offensive player at the time, he was tricky, he had explosiveness and could run for days”. He attended O’Dea High School in Seattle.
Yedlin spent his youth career playing with numbers of teams such as Emerald City FC, Northwest Nationals and Crossfire Premier. He was also the part of Washington Youth Soccer’s State Olympic Development Program (ODP) from the year 2006 till 2009. He then joined the Seattle Sounders FC youth academy for the 2010-11 season. After that, he played college soccer at the University of Akron from 2011 to 2012. He has also played for Seattle Sounders FC U-23 in the USL Premier Development League and he was named to the 2012 All-PDL First XI for his play. After playing two season with the Akron, he signed with Seattle Sounders FC and debuted professionally on 11th January, 2013 as the club’s first homegrown player. He made his first debut on March and defeated o the Montreal Impact. He scored his first professional goal on March 12 for the club against Tigers. He scored his first professional league goal on 20th July, 2013 in a 1-1 draw with Colorado Rapids.
DeAndre was named to the United States Under-20 squad in 7th June, 2013 for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. A week later, he made his U-20 international debut in a 3-1 victory over Portugal. The following year, Yedlin became a member of the US national team. He made his first appearance on 1st February, 2014 with the senior team in a friendly match against South Korea. He was included on Jurgen Klinsmann’s final 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He made his World Cup debut in the “Group of Death” against Portugal coming on as a late second half substitute. He also came up late in the next game against Germany. He then came as a midfielder into the knockout round game against Belgium.
Apart from that, DeAndre Yedlin has been named 2013 MLS All Star and finalist for 2013 MLS Rookie of the year. He was also the two-time All-Mac First team honoree at Akron. At the young age of 20, Yedlin is the part of the bright future for the USMNT. Standing at the height of five feet and eight inches tall, DeAndre Yedlin is of Native American, African American and Latvian ancestry.