National pride is great, and winning a World Cup is even better, but for many players the world’s largest sporting event is the ultimate chance to showcase their skills to clubs all over the world. Every World Cup a few young stars emerge from the shadows and in the 2014 World Cup one such star was United States winger DeAndre Yedlin.
The 20-year-old Seattle Sounders player burst on the scene as a menace thanks to his combination of speed and crossing and it appears that Belgian club Anderlecht had its curiosity peaked.
According to a report from DH.be (Google translated), the Belgian giants are expected to inquire about a move for Yedlin ahead of its upcoming season.
The DH.be report points out that Anderlecht aren’t likely to be unfamiliar with MLS players or Yedlin specifically. That’s because Yedlin shares the same agent as current Anderlecht winger, and former D.C. United player, Andy Najar.
Yedlin’s rise to World Cup super-sub was nothing short of astonishing. In just two seasons as a professional Yedlin went from MLS rookie to World Cup capped player.
He was a vital player for the Sounders from the get-go, playing in a team-leading 2,710 minutes during the 2013 season. He has made just 42 total appearances as a professional at the club level and scored just one goal, but has also been an All-Star too.
Any move for Yedlin couldn’t happen until the MLS transfer window opens on July 8, but this would be an interesting step and a test to MLS’ ability to keep its best players from leaving for a league many see as a step below what is offered here in the United States.