DeAndre Yedlin Reflects, ‘Cincinnati Was the Perfect Move for Me’ in Build up to Match with Former Club

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The trade to FC Cincinnati came together quickly and the reality of the move set in even faster for American National Team star DeAndre Yedlin, who moved to Cincy in early March in a blockbuster trade between Inter Miami CF and FC Cincinnati.

The Seattle native, who has played for massive international clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, AFC Sunderland, Newcastle United and Galatasaray, came to Cincinnati after the season had kicked off and joined the group quickly and with impact. After arriving on March 4 and being introduced to the media, the wingback made his debut three days later in the Concacaf Champions Cup. Since then Yedlin has made 15 starts and 17 appearances, assisted on three goals and has been an invaluable member of the roster as his professionalism, experience, and versatility has been key to FCC’s push to a second Supporters’ Shield.

But when he arrived, he arrived alone. His family remained in Miami and DeAndre stayed in temporary accommodations while the physical move to Ohio was coordinated.

Eventually, Yedlin was reunited with his wife and two kids – all three of whom are social media stars in their own right on their channels and are regularly featured on the FCC accounts arriving at games thanks to their creative and fashion-forward outfits – and the family settled down in the Queen City.

While waiting for them, Yedlin says he and his wife, Crystal, heard from teammates, friends and club staff about just how great of a city Cincinnati was for families.

“I speak about Cincy and people that told me it’s such a family-oriented city and now I see why people are saying that,” Yedlin said after a 3-2 win over D.C. United on July 3. “It’s almost like the city was built for kids. You see families and see kids everywhere, which is incredible.”

“My daughter loves it. My son loves it. My wife loves it. And just the club in general. They care so much about the families, which I really appreciate because I’ve been in clubs that show no attention to the families.”

“I didn’t know this was going to be the perfect move for me. And it was. It was a perfect move for me.”

The victory over D.C. United prompted memories of his former club as FC Cincinnati turned its attention to the next match, a home bout with Inter Miami CF. A battle of the two top clubs in the MLS Eastern Conference.

Yedlin lived through a very hectic time while at Miami. Joining the club in 2020, he was the captain…

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