U.S. int’l Yedlin inks Tottenham deal

United States international DeAndre Yedlin (left) signed with England's Tottenham Hotspur on August 13, 2014. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

SEATTLE, Washington --- The Seattle Sounders FC reached an agreement to transfer defender DeAndre Yedlin to Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League, the Major League Soccer club announced Wednesday.

The United States international signed a four-year contract with the London-based side, but will remain with Seattle through the end of the 2014 MLS season.

“We are very excited for DeAndre and the possibilities that exist for him in his future with Tottenham Hotspur,” said Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid. “It’s an exciting time in his life.

“We are also very pleased that we will be able retain DeAndre’s services for the rest of the season in our quest for the MLS Cup.”

The seven-time capped Yedlin, 21, has played in 52 games in all competitions for the Sounders and made three appearances for the U.S. in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

“I first want to thank everyone involved in my development,” said Yedlin.  “From my family to youth coaches to the Sounders, I am lucky to have such a strong support system.  I’m excited to have the opportunity to play with Spurs in the English Premier League, and I look forward to helping the Sounders win a championship this season.”

Yedlin also scored in Seattle’s 3-1 win over Tigres in a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal, second-leg encounter on March 12, 2013.