DeAndre Yedlin's Tottenham Hotspur debut will have to wait a bit longer. Despite Tottenham competing in four separate concurrent competitions and playing seven matches since the transfer window opened on Jan. 1, Yedlin has yet to even suit up for the senior team. Now, Yedlin has been made a late addition to the United States' roster for the two upcoming friendlies.
U.S. Soccer confirmed Yedlin's call-up after a late night report from the New York Times broke the news.
In a bit of a surprise, sources tell me that DeAndre Yedlin will leave Spurs & be called in by @ussoccer for upcoming intl friendlies.— Sam Borden (@SamBorden) January 24, 2015
If Yedlin remains with the United States through the rest of this training camp, he won't be back with Tottenham for at least a couple weeks. The United States has matches scheduled against Chile on Wednesday and Panama on Feb. 8.
There have been rumors that U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann has been tinkering with a three-man backline and it's entirely possible that he'd like to see how Yedlin fits as a wingback. The bigger mystery is why Tottenham would grant Yedlin's release during such a busy part of their schedule, especially after selling full back Kyle Naughton to Swansea City. The only reasonable explanation is that Spurs weren't planning to use Yedlin anytime soon and this is a way to keep him match fit.