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DeAndre Yedlin's World Cup break out attracts interest from Anderlecht

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DeAndre Yedlin was a revelation as the United States made their exit from the World Cup in defeat to Belgium last week.

Coming into the game as a first-half substitute, the young defender was excellent in defence as well as offering a relentless attacking threat.

And the youngster's impressive performances out in Brazil have not gone unnoticed it seems with reports suggesting Anderlecht, the current title holders in Belgian, are interested in signing the American right-back.

According to Belgian newspaper DH, Anderlecht are preparing to contact Yedlin's current team, the Seattle Sounders, about his availability with a view to bringing in the 20-year-old prodigy in in the coming months.

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Break out in Brazil

Yedlin was selected into Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man roster for the World Cup after two great seasons with Seattle in MLS. Playing 42 games (and scoring one goal) since arriving in the league in 2013, Yedlin's exceptional pace and obvious talent saw him quickly establish himself as one to watch. 

The Sounders man was selected to the MLS All-Star game in his rookie year, but it is his performances in Brazil over the past month which have seen European teams take notice.

Yedlin came on as a substitute in three of the USA's four World Cup fixtures, receiving most minutes in what proved to be the USMNT's final game against Belgium. Clocking an incredible 31.6 km/h during that game, Yedlin wowed onlookers with an accomplished performance.

Anderlecht an option

Anderlecht are no strangers to dealing with Major League Soccer. Should they firm up an approach for Yedlin and bring him to Europe, he would be joining Andy Najar who spent three years in MLS with D.C. United.

Najar and Yedlin also happen to share the same agent which could make any negotiations run a little smoother.

The Belgian side have won their domestic league for three consecutive years and as such would be able to offer Yedlin the opportunity to play at the elite level with Champions League qualification already assured.

The Sounders, and the MLS in general, however will be desperate to keep hold of one of their emerging stars as the league looks to continue its rise in prominence. With the likes of Kaka and David Villa having recently signed for new MLS franchises the league is hoping to built on the recent soccer fever which has gripped the nation after the World Cup.

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