DeAndre Yedlin will be joining Seattle Sounders teammate Brad Evans in the upcoming United States national team camp, it was announced on Friday. The camp will open on Jan. 6 and culminate with a friendly against South Korea on Feb. 1. In between, a smaller group of 23 players will spend Jan. 13-25 in Sao Paolo, Brazil in preparation for this summer's World Cup.
The senior team call-up is the first of Yedlin's career, coming about six months after he was named to the U-20 World Cup team and continues an impressive rise. Although he has always been a standout player at the club level, the 20-year-old had not really been a fixture in the national team throughout his youth career.
But ever since he won the Sounders' starting right back spot out of training camp last year, he's seen his stock rise. As a rookie, Yedlin led the team with 30 starts and 2,710 minutes. He also became the first rookie since 2005 to be named to the All-Star team and scored his first career playoff goal.
For Evans, this is the third consecutive year in which he's been called into the January camp, but it will be the first time he goes as one of the veterans. Prior to last year, Evans had been more of a fringe national teamer and had just six caps. But after being given a chance to start at right back against Germany in June, he became a fixture at the position and now seems a safe bet to make the World Cup roster.
This camp will not include European-based players such as Clint Dempsey, who is on loan at Fulham. It will also be trimmed down from 26 to 23 before they start training in Brazil. The Sounders are expected to open their training camp sometime after the SuperDraft on Jan. 16.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (4): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (10): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids), Chance Myers (Sporting Kansas City), Shane O'Neill (Colorado Rapids), Seth Sinovic (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)