SV Meppen (3 Bundesliga)
#7 | Forward
April 4, 1990 (Age: 27)
New York, New York
5' 11", 175 lbs (1.8 m, 80 kg)
Devann Yao left the USA in pursuit of a soccer career at the age of 9, heading to FC Metz in France. After 4 years in the youth system, the New Yorker headed to Italy and joined AS Livorno, playing in the youth and reserve teams. From there, he signed on with St. Mirren of the Scottish top flight but soon left after not being given first team opportunities.
From Scotland he headed to New Jersey and trialled with the New York Red Bulls of MLS. No contract was offered however and so the son of Ivorian and Italian parents headed back to Europe, this time trialling for Ipswich Town of the English Championship.
Yao did enough to impress former Manchester United captain and Town’s head coach Roy Keane in a friendly against Glasgow Celtic where he set up a goal and scored one himself to earn a contract with the Tractor Boys. He signed with Ipswich Town until the end of the season and was released in 2010 after not logging any first team playing time.
After a spell of being team-less, the young man landed in Belgium in 2011 and signed for Royal Boussu Dour Borinage in the Belgian Second Division.
Yao has not represented the United States at any level.