Former Sounders and current U.S. national team defender DeAndre Yedlin has transferred to Newcastle United of the English second division from Tottenham Hotspur, NUFC confirmed on Wednesday.

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Former Sounders and current U.S. national team defender DeAndre Yedlin has transferred to Newcastle United of the English second division from Tottenham Hotspur, NUFC confirmed on Wednesday.

Yedlin had a breakout season with Sunderland last year, helping the Black Cats avoid a relegation that once looked assured. The 23-year-old made 23 appearances with Sunderland, coming into his defensive own under then-coach Sam Allardyce.

But that Sunderland stint was only on loan. And though Allardyce was open about his intentions to keep Yedlin around, the coach landed the English national team gig earlier this summer.

This is a full-time move, meaning Yedlin finishes his Tottenham career with just a single league appearance. He signed with the North London club from Seattle in August of 2014, playing out the rest of that season with the Sounders before moving to England.

The Seattle native just never seemed to find his footing at Tottenham, struggling for minutes even before Spurs added Kieran Trippier as another impediment on the depth chart at right back the summer after he’d signed.

Though the move involves dropping down from the Premier League to the second-division Championship, the fit could be an intriguing one.

Newcastle is coached by Rafael Benitez, who led Liverpool to the 2005 UEFA Champions League title and who at this time last year was in charge of Real Madrid. Though the club has recently fallen on leaner times, it wasn’t all that long ago that the Magpies were regularly challenging for European tournaments. Newcastle’s St. James’ Park ranks sixth in England in capacity, and its fan base has long been lauded as one of the most passionate in the country.

Newcastle is 2-0-2 so far this season but is heavily favored to contend for an immediate promotion back to the EPL.

“It’s not so much on the field but off the field,” Yedlin said of his ongoing development during Copa America Centenario, “just growing as a man and growing as a person, living on my own and making new friends over there.

“Going abroad to a country I’m not very familiar with and people I don’t know very well, it’s tough but you have to go through that. You have to find a way to survive. That’s what I’ve done.”