U.S. national team defender DeAndre Yedlin has completed his much-anticipated move to Europe, signing a four-year with Tottenham on Wednesday afternoon.
The 21-year-old is expected to play out the remainder of the Seattle Sounders' season before joining Spurs before the 2015-16 season.
“The Premier League is one of the top leagues in the world and I’m a guy that likes to challenge myself, so just to be able to practice against those type of players and play against them every weekend is a dream come true,” Yedlin told Goal USA in an exclusive interview. “I think every player aspires to challenge themselves against the very best and that’s what I’m hoping to do.”
Yedlin finalized the transfer after completing a medical in London last weekend. He returned to Seattle on Saturday but did not play in the Sounders' 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
The former University of Akron star appeared in three of the U.S. team's four games during the 2014 World Cup, drawing recognition from top European sides with his blazing speed and aggressive play. He was also heavily linked to Serie A side Roma.
“I always hoped and dreamed that this would happen, but I never expected it to happen this soon,” Yedlin told Goal USA.
Yedlin becomes the latest American to play at Tottenham, joining a list that includes current Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel, Yedlin's Sounders teammate Clint Dempsey and former U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller.