Reports: American Defender Deandre Yedlin Set for Move to Roma

201407011645603440246-p5After the performance by the U.S. Men’s National Team in the World Cup this summer, it was only a matter of time before some players were looked at by larger clubs in hopes of gaining their services.

It seems likely that defender Deandre Yedlin is set to be the first of these moves, with a move to Italy on the horizon.

The 20-year-old Seattle Sounders defender is being pursued by Serie A side AS Roma following an impressive performance at the World Cup according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.

According to the paper the deal is nearly finished, and will possibly allow Yedlin to finish the Major League Soccer season, which runs into the fall.

Although Yedlin did not start any matches in Brazil, he impressed off the bench three times, including setting up Clint Dempsey’s goal against Portugal and playing almost the equivalent of an entire match against Belgium, coming on early for the injured Fabian Johnson.

Yedlin was the second youngest player for the Yanks in Brazil, with only Bayern Munich winger Julian Green beating him out.

Roma has a history of American connections which will likely make it easier for Yedlin to fit in, with midfielder Michael Bradley spending two seasons with the team before moving to Toronto FC, and the club is partially owned by an American investment group.

If the move comes to fruition it will likely please manager Jurgen Klinsmann, who has previously been vocal of his wishes that Americans play in the best leagues in Europe to help improve the national teams skills.