Here's some of what Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin had to say today after the MLS All-Stars when through a light practice session in Portland:
On being back for Portland/All-Star coach Caleb Porter, formerly his coach at Akron: It’s exciting for me. I attribute a lot of my success to Caleb. He’s a good reason I’m where I’m at today. It’s good to see him and talk with him and practice with him. It just kind of brings back the memories of Akron.
On his International attention and goals: Right now my main goal is just the MLS Cup for Seattle. That’s what I’m going to try to do and help any way I can. That’s my main goal for now. I’ve had to reevaluate my goals. I’ll think of some more soon.
On how a Sounder is being treated in Portland: I did a little appearance yesterday, and it wasn’t too bad. I actually had a few Portland fans comes up and ask for signatures. That wasn’t too bad. I’m sure there’s still some hatred – they should; we’re still rivals. I completely understand.
On if it feels odd wearing the Timbers-like All-Star crest: Yeah, a little bit. But at the end of the day we’re representing the league, so it’s just an honor to represent the league.
On teammate Sean Okoli in the Homegrown Game tonight: I think I’m actually doing the coin toss tonight. We’ll see: Maybe I’ll be staying for the whole game, maybe not. It’s great for him to get this kind of experience. I think it’s great the league is putting on this kind of game just to show the homegrown talent. I think a lot of people overlook that. I think it’s great that the homegrowns are put in that spotlight.
On if Okoli and Aaron Kovar could be All-Stars one day: Definitely. Definitely. It’s just working hard. I know they both do that very well. They’re moving up the depth chart. They’re doing great in practice every week. It won’t be long before we see them in one of these games.