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American Yedlin to join Spurs

Published:Friday | December 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Jonas Gutierrez

LONDON (AP):

United States defender DeAndre Yedlin will join Tottenham in January, six months earlier than expected.

The London club said Monday it had reached an agreement with the Seattle Sounders in August for Yedlin to join ahead of the next Premier League season, but now wants him earlier to allow him to adapt.

"DeAndre is a young player with great potential who has already achieved a lot in Major League Soccer," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. "It is important for his development that he is given the time to adapt to his new surroundings both on and off the pitch."

The 21-year-old right-back became the first MLS home-grown player to appear at a World Cup in Brazil.

Yedlin, who has been an MLS all-star in each of his first two years in the league, has played 10 times for the United States and was recently named US Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year.

LONDON (AP):

The English Football Association has charged Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci with racially abusing an opponent.

Norwich striker Cameron Jerome, who is black, complained to the referee during a second-tier match in October that he was verbally abused by Bellusci following a confrontation between the pair.

The FA misconduct charge alleges Bellusci used "abusive and/or insulting words", including a "reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race".

Bellusci has until January 2 to respond to the charge. Leeds say as there is "no third-party

evidence", and the Italian will be denying the charge.

The League Championship club added that Bellusci has "consistently made it clear to the club that he did not use racist language".

NEWCASTLE, England (AP):

Newcastle defender Jonas Gutierrez has returned to action after being treated for testicular cancer.

The former Argentina international played for Newcastle's under-21 team against West Ham earlier this week.

The 31-year-old Gutierrez wrote on Twitter: "Thanks to all the fans for the support that you give through my illness, I am proud to be back. Good game and really happy."

Gutierrez, who played at the 2010 World Cup, disclosed his cancer fight in September.