“It was last year when they obviously made headlines with how they handled certain situations on the pitch, I think everybody knows them,” Yedlin told reporters in a Wednesday media call. “That really caught my eye – it really just opened my eyes, that wow, there’s a professional club out here that gave up a spot, potentially, in the playoffs to bring awareness to these issues that we have that, in my opinion, are bigger than sport.
“I think they set a great example for the rest of the world, not just for the US, not just for soccer, but for the rest of the world in all sports. And for me, it was the club that I wanted to be a part of.”
Officially dubbed a “supporting owner,” Yedlin holds a minority stake in the second-year club and hopes to bring the unique perspective of an active player to Loyal’s operations. Having done some modeling and clothing design on the side over the years, he told ESPNFC that he plans to assist with Loyal’s apparel and merchandise. Given San Diego’s long-term ambitions of moving into the MLS expansion picture, his experience in the league likely holds appeal as well.
“I think a lot of people would look at me and think, ‘Oh, he’s doing it for financial reasons and stuff like this, but I just really, really wanted to be a part of a club that would take that kind of stance on social issues,” said Yedlin, who also discussed the new chapter in his playing career he opened this year with a January transfer from the Premier League’s Newcastle United to Galatasaray.
Quickly finding his feet at the Istanbul-based club, he helped the Turkish power finish joint tops in their domestic league, only falling short of their 23rd Super Lig title to crosstown rivals Besiktas on goal differential.