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Tour a real plus for DeAndre

Posted on 4 June 2015  - 11:45

From Seattle to Sydney to Amsterdam and Cologne - DeAndre Yedlin won't forget 2014-15 in a hurry!

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Initially signed from Seattle Sounders in August, 2014, the young USA international arrived at Spurs in January, allowing him crucial time to adapt to his new life on and off the field.

Having made his debut against Villa in April, DeAndre joined the squad for our successful post-season tour of Malaysia and Australia, played 90 minutes in both AIA Cup matches against Malaysia XI and Sydney FC, where he was voted Man of the Match by our fans.

Just as importantly, the tour offered DeAndre the chance to spend a week away with his new team-mates, getting to know them all better on and off the field.

Below: DeAndre, Josh Onomah, Michel Vorm, Grant Ward, Luke McGee, Federico Fazio visit Sydney Children's Hospital

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"It's been a great chance to bond with the team, to see a different side to the players and get to see different cities and cultures," said DeAndre.

"I never thought I'd be in Sydney this time of year. It was really enjoyable to be out here and great to play in both matches.

"There was a real sense of excitement in the crowds at both matches, it took me back to the feeling we had playing the World Cup in Brazil last summer. It was special.

"It’s been an interesting first few months here for me and I see it as a very positive time. Obviously I came here to play but I came to learn as well and these six months have been great, I’ve really learnt a lot already."

After his settling in period and our Tour, DeAndre is back on his travels with the US national team for high-profile friendlies against Holland in Amsterdam (Friday, June 5) and Germany in Cologne (Wednesday, June 10).

"We've a lot of football coming up with these friendlies and then the Gold Cup, if I'm selected," he added.

"But I’m already excited about next year. It will be a clean slate when we come back, so hopefully I will do well during the international break and I’ll come back flying next season."

The US look to defend their CONCACAF Gold Cup title in America in July. They take on Honduras (July 7), Haita (July 10) and Panama (July 13) in the group stage of the competition.

Below: Spurs TV special with DeAndre and the lads at Sydney Children's Hospital

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