Chalk up another honor for Sounders FC’s DeAndre Yedlin. The Seattle native became the youngest player in team history to score an MLS goal (20 years, 11 days) in Saturday’s 1-1 tie against the Colorado Rapids.
Steve Zakuani had held the record previously at 21 years, 54 days.
Here is a look at what Yedlin has accomplished this season:
— Youngest Sounder to score in MLS: 20 years, 11 days (July 20)
— Youngest Sounder to get an MLS assist: 19 years, 8 months, 21 days (March 30)
— Youngest Sounder to score in all competitions: 19 years, 8 months, 3 days (March 12)
— Youngest Sounder to play a complete game: 19 years, 7 months, 21 days (March 2)
I asked Yedlin after the game if he notices all these records that he’s setting.
“A little bit,” he said. “I try not to pay attention to that stuff too much. It looks good when you look back on it at the end of your career, but right I’m just trying to push forward and do whatever I can to help the team win.”
Other honors this year include playing in the FIFA U-20 World Cup and being named to the active roster for the MLS All-Star Game. Not a bad rookie campaign at all, though in the past few games he felt he hadn’t been playing to his potential.
“I think I’ve been in a slump a little bit recently,” Yedlin said, “so this game definitely gives me confidence.”
Coach Sigi Schmid agreed: ““I thought he struggled a little bit the last time out, but I thought today it was better. It looked more like the DeAndre that was playing for us at the beginning of the year—using his quickness and speed getting in there, making things happen.”
Midfielder Servando Carrasco added: “I thought today was a good bounce-back performance for him to get the goal. Now he has to build on it.”
What do you think? Anything surprise you any more with Yedlin?