The DeAndre Yedlin transfer saga, the daily ritual of addressing rumors and translating Italian soccer blogs, might finally be reaching its conclusion.
Yedlin was conspicuously absent from Sounders training at Starfire Sports Complex on Friday, and Seattle coach Sigi Schmid gave an explosive explanation afterward.
“DeAndre is overseas right now,” he said.
Sounders owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer was even more pointed, saying, “He’s visiting with a big club in Europe. We’re working toward a potential transaction.”
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Hanauer didn’t name the club, but multiple reports have linked Yedlin with Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League in recent days.
Further, and despite the closure of the MLS transfer window Wednesday, any move is likely to keep Yedlin in Seattle through the rest of this season, potentially through a delayed transfer.
“This wouldn’t be a deal where he would be transferred and immediately loaned back,” Hanauer said. “It would be a deal that would be constructed in a way that he could potentially be here through the year and potentially longer.”
Yedlin might even be back in town before Seattle’s Sunday night match against the Houston Dynamo, which is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at CenturyLink Field.
“We expect DeAndre to be back Sunday and for the rest of the season,” Hanauer said.
The resolution, when it comes, will bring to an end a whirlwind few months for the 21-year-old right back.
Barely a year after making his debut with the Sounders senior team, Yedlin was a surprise selection on the United States roster for the World Cup and an even more surprising impact substitute in three of the Americans’ four matches.
Upon his return to Seattle, Yedlin was first linked with a move to Italian club Roma before the Tottenham reports gathered momentum.
“That’s how everything works,” said Sounders goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, who spent more than a decade playing in England himself. “You get that one little chance and all of a sudden you’ve got big clubs looking at you.
“It’d be great for DeAndre, to go to a really big club and test himself.”
Reign playoff schedule set
Seattle Reign FC will host a National Women’s Soccer League semifinal match Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
The top-seeded Reign will play the NWSL’s No. 4 team in the semifinal match. Tickets are $24 and $34 at reignfc.com/semifinaltix.
If the Reign wins, it will host the NWSL championship game — also on ESPN2 — Aug. 31 at noon at Starfire Sports in Tukwila.
The Reign plays Saturday at 7 p.m. against Washington at Memorial Stadium.