The United States Soccer Federation announced their nominees today for both Male and Female U.S. Soccer Player of the Year. Tottenham Hotspur's own DeAndre Yedlin has made the shortlist on the men's side, joining fellow USMNT players Fabian Johnson, Clint Dempsey, Brad Guzan, and Michael Bradley. The announced came via a simple tweet and a breakdown of each nominee's accomplishments.
Here are the nominees for the 2015 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year: https://t.co/giHft1sYVd pic.twitter.com/cyE3BOxw77— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) December 14, 2015
Eighteen months ago, Yedlin announced himself to the rest of the world by not only going toe to toe with Belgium National Team superstar Eden Hazard, but mainly keeping him in his pocket in the World Cup Round of 16. His performances drew plenty of attention to the former Seattle Sounders FC homegrown product, with Daniel Levy purchasing him after getting an up close view during Spurs' United States tour after the World Cup.
While Spurs have taken their time with Yedlin, allowing him to play with the U-21s after arriving last January and eventually loaning him to Sunderland, Yedlin has enjoyed success with the USMNT, showing versatility in playing further up in attack as both a midfielder and a winger in Jurgen Klinsmann's system. He tied for the most appearances for the USMNT in 2015 with 19, only missing out on one match and provided five assists in those appearances.
Yedlin's future with Spurs is still very much unclear, but his progress with Sunderland is looking very promising. He's now a regular with the Black Cats' Starting XI and is making great strides as a defender, even though Klinsmann insists on trying him out in other positions. Only time will tell what happens with the young American, but for now, this is a proud moment for Yedlin and further proof that his accomplishments are not going unnoticed.