SEATTLE, WASH. – U.S. Soccer today announced that Sounders FC defender DeAndre Yedlin has been voted the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year. The Sounders FC Homegrown Player earned 10 U.S. Men’s National Team caps in 2014, including three at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
“It’s an absolute honor to win this award,” said Yedlin. “I would like to thank my teammates, my family, and most of all the fans for the amazing support for our team. It was a tremendous year for a lot of young players, and we all share the dream of continuing to have the opportunity to represent our country.”
Yedlin, 21, was one of seven players to make at least 10 appearances for the USMNT in 2014, including two starts and an assist in a 1-1 friendly draw against Ecuador on October 10. He became the first MLS Homegrown Player to represent the U.S. National Team at the FIFA World Cup, making three appearances in Brazil, including an 88-minute performance against Belgium in the Quarterfinals. He earned his first cap for Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad in a 2-0 friendly win over the Republic of Korea on February 1.
The Seattle-native started all 25 of his MLS regular season appearances in 2014 and recorded a career-high four assists. He was voted onto the AT&T MLS All-Star Best XI and helped his hometown team win the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield.
Sounders FC reached an agreement in August to transfer Yedlin to Tottenham Hotspur of the Barclays Premier League following the 2014 MLS season.
Sounders FC Declines Options on Eight Players
Core of 2014 Supporters’ Shield-winning side remains intact for 2015; conversations are ongoing with several players
SEATTLE, WASH. – Seattle Sounders FC today announced that it is declining the contract options of eight players from its current roster. 22 players from the 2014 team that captured the MLS Supporters’ Shield and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup are currently under contract for next season, giving the club a roster that features 23 players, including recently signed Homegrown product Victor Mansaray.
The club is declining contract options of the following players: goalkeepers Josh Ford and Marcus Hahnemann; defenders Onyekachi Apam and Djimi Traore; forwards Tristan Bowen, Sean Okoli, Cam Weaver and Eriq Zavaleta. Additionally, defender Jalil Anibaba is out of contract.
“In our league it’s a consistent challenge to keep successful teams together, and these types of decisions are always difficult,” said Sounders FC Owner and General Manager Adrian Hanauer. “Having said that, conversations are ongoing with several players about their respective futures with our club, and as we continue to shape the roster for 2015 we’ll have additional announcements to share.”
Following today’s announcement, Sounders FC’s current roster is listed below.
Goalkeepers (1): Stefan Frei
Defenders (7): Leo Gonzalez, Damion Lowe, Chad Marshall, Jimmy Ockford, Dylan Remick, Zach Scott, DeAndre Yedlin
Midfielders (9): Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Aaron Kovar, Lamar Neagle, Andy Rose, Micheal Azira, Marco Pappa, Gonzalo Pineda, Aaron Long
Forwards (6): Chad Barrett, Kenny Cooper, Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, Kevin Parsemain, Victor Mansaray
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