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DeAndre Yedlin: Embracing a New Beginning with FC Cincinnati

Defender DeAndre Yedlin has adopted the number 91 for his new team, FC Cincinnati, as a heartfelt tribute to his late uncle, Dylan Walton-Yedlin, a former American football player. Yedlin describes his uncle as a significant influence in his life, akin to a father figure, with whom he shares a close bond depicted by a forearm tattoo featuring both of them donning the No. 91 jersey.

Yet, Yedlin’s decision to embrace this new number extends beyond honoring his uncle. Departing from his traditional jersey numbers, which typically incorporate the digit two, he sees this change as symbolic of a fresh start and a departure from his past career patterns.

Recently traded from Inter Miami to Cincinnati for a sum of $172,799 in 2024 general allocation money, Yedlin transitions from a team led by Lionel Messi to one that boasts previous success, having secured 20 victories and the Supporters’ Shield in the previous season.

The trade had been rumored prior to Yedlin’s last game for Miami, a 5-0 win against Orlando City, where Messi showcased his skills with a brace. Yedlin, known for his role as a right back, believes his playing style aligns well with Cincinnati’s defensive lineup, particularly alongside players like Matt Miazga and Miles Robinson, both of whom he consulted upon his arrival. He also notes the synergy with attacking midfielder Luciano Acosta, the reigning MLS Most Valuable Player, and highlights the distinct Argentine style of play shared by Acosta and Messi.

Having played for various clubs globally, including Seattle Sounders, Tottenham, Sunderland, Newcastle, Galatasaray, and Inter Miami, Yedlin brings a wealth of experience to Cincinnati. A regular fixture in the U.S. national team, he has participated in numerous international matches, including the 2014 and 2022 World Cups.

Yedlin made his debut for Cincinnati in the CONCACAF Champions Cup’s round of 16 against Monterrey, despite the team’s 1-0 loss in the first leg. Coach Pat Noonan praised Yedlin’s performance, acknowledging his adaptability and contributions to defensive and attacking play. Looking ahead, Cincinnati prepares to face D.C. United in the ongoing MLS season and anticipates the second leg of the Champions Cup clash with Monterrey.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
Soccer Blogger with a keen eye for detailed reportage. I bring the latest drama in the most dramatic way


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