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August 5, 2014 at 3:09 PM

All-Star Week: Yedlin talks rumors and other training notes

DeAndre Yedlin has a simple strategy for avoiding the rumors that have been a constant swirl since the World Cup.

“Stay away from social media,” Yedlin said. “That’s the biggest thing.

“I talk to my agent, I talk to my coaches. That’s really all the information I need to know.”

The young defender has been linked with moves all over the world, with a possible transfer to Roma in Italy especially gathering momentum.

“If it’s the right situation,” Yedlin said Tuesday when asked if he’d be open to a European move. “You never want to go into a situation where you’re just going to sit on the bench.

“If it’s not, the MLS is a very good league.”

– Green the star Tuesday, the rest to come Wednesday

Julian Green, the young Bayern Munich attacker and United States international, received his fair share of attention from the Providence Park crowd on Tuesday, showing no ill effects despite the recent concern about his knee.

“(It’s) perfect,” Green said. “I can play.”

He’ll be joined by the rest of Bayern’s stars – Arjen Robben, Mario Götze, Manuel Neuer – on Wednesday  Chunks of Bayern’s squad have been conspicuously absent throughout the week but are contractually obliged to play (at least part of) the All-Star Game.

– Portland drawing positive reviews as a host

There has been no shortage of MLS All-Star-related activities around the Rose City this week – the league brought in the Flaming Lips for a concert Saturday night, Men in Blazers did a live show Monday and the Cold War Kids play tonight, and that’s just off the field.

Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley was among the players who have spoken highly of the host city.

“You walk around the city the last few days, and you feel such a buzz,” Bradley said.

He’s also hoping the atmosphere carries over to the main event tomorrow night.

“As players, you enjoy playing in big games,” Bradley said. “Big games can be finals. Big games can be World Cups. But big games can also be games like this, against a big opponent, even if it’s just a friendly game. There’s a buzz, an excitement.”

– Quote of the day

“It’s actually quite difficult. You have a lot of talented, good players. But a lot of different perspectives” — LA Galaxy attacker Landon Donovan on the makeshift nature of the MLS All-Star team.

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