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Yedlin returns to training: Talks USMNT, Sounders, Tottenham

Here's some of what he had to say:

On his time with the national team: Good. Obviously a different position, but it was fun. Good. Nice trip. Obviously Connecticut wasn’t the nicest place, but it was all right. Florida’s always nice.

If Klinsmann discussed shift to midfield or just penciled him in: Just penciled me into a new spot. Didn’t really expect it, but obviously I’ll play anywhere he puts me and just try to make the most of it.

On if he's comfortable there: Yeah, I played it before with the national team, so it’s really not too different to how I play as a right back, since I play so high anyway. It was nice to get a new taste, a new position, and it was good with Timmy behind me. He directed me well, and we talked about it before the game – my defensive responsibilities. So it was all clearcut, and I thought it went well.

On the Klinsmann-Garber dispute about international play vs. MLS: I try not to pay too much attention to that. That’s between them. I’m just trying to focus on what’s at hand here with the Supporters’ Shield games coming up, which are very important. Just try to leave that to them and let that deal with that themselves.

On if his move to Tottenham indicates a belief it's the better spot to improve: Obviously the MLS is a growing league. It’s a league that’s getting better and better. Right now I think everybody would agree that Europe – not all of Europe, but certain leagues – have better competition than MLS. That’s how it is right now. It’s not to say the MLS can’t top them, but right now that’s just how it is. So right now I feel like this is a good step in my career, and I’m confident that I made the right choice.

If he thought about full career in MLS: I thought about it. It would be more just to be at home. It’s obviously nice to be at home, but I want to challenge myself just being in a new culture, and being around different people and just being in a place that I’m not used to. That was also a big part of my decision.

On if he has heard about Tottenham’s plans for him after MLS season: Not yet. I haven’t had much contact with them. I think they just want me to focus on my season and they’ll focus on theirs and once we come together then we’ll talk about that.

On the coming games with Galaxy: It’s a kind of a dream finish. We’re obviously tied with the Galaxy. We need wins, they need wins. So it’s going to be exciting. A lot of people are going to be watching. We’re excited, and I think we’re going to be well-prepared.

Lessons from last loss to LA: We’ve just got to be smart. We’ve got to watch out for their key players in Keane and Zardes and Landon. They attack very well, and we’ve got to be aware of the counterattack, but we also have to be lethal in front of their goal. We’ve got to finish our chances. I think that if we can get one early on them, then that will set the tone for the rest of the gaem.

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