Current Sounder and soon-to-be Tottenham Hotspur right back DeAndre Yedlin has been voted the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year, the federation announced Thursday.
Yedlin, 21, earned 10 U.S. men’s national team caps this year, including three at the World Cup in Brazil.
“It’s an absolute honor to win this award,” said Yedlin. “I would like to thank my teammates, my family, and most of all the fans for the amazing support for our team. It was a tremendous year for a lot of young players, and we all share the dream of continuing to have the opportunity to represent our country.”
Yedlin was one of seven players to make at least 10 appearances for the USMNT in 2014, including two starts and an assist in a 1-1 friendly draw against Ecuador on October 10. He became the first homegrown player to represent the U.S. National Team at the World Cup, making three appearances in Brazil, including an 88-minute performance against Belgium in the quarterfinals. He earned his first cap for Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad in a 2-0 friendly win over the South Korea on February 1.
The Seattle-native started all 25 of his MLS regular season appearances in 2014 and recorded a career-high four assists. He was also hometown team club win both the U.S. Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield titles.
UPDATE: Sounders owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer shed some light on Yedlin’s future path at Thursday afternoon’s year-end press conference at CenturyLink.
“It seems highly, highly likely that DeAndre will get a work permit to be able to play in England,” Hanauer said. “He’s anticipating being able to head over to Tottenham in the middle-to-end of December.”