DeAndre Yedlin has not played in an actual soccer match in more than a month and the last time he played in a competitive match against senior opponents was way back in November when he was still playing for the Seattle Sounders.
While that may not have been, exactly, part of the plan, United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann doesn't seem to be having any second thoughts about encouraging Yedlin to make the move to Tottenham Hotspur back in January. Klinsmann also noted that Yedlin is unlikely to spend time with the U23 team as they prepare for Brazil 2016 qualification.
"He's just now starting that learning process. DeAndre gets an introduction into a roster of maybe 28-30 players and only 18 can be considered for the weekend game. So he goes through that learning curve now. With his talent and potential and capabilities he's very important for the [United States] senior team already.
"He's in the right spot because he needs to grow. He will grow eventually even if he's not playing right now. He will grow."
Part of the process or not, Klinsmann acknowledged that Yedlin needs to find a way to get playing time. That's why he was called into the United States' last series of friendlies and why he's a likely candidate to be called in during the next series of games on March 25 [Denmark] and March 31 [Switzerland]. With Tottenham currently just three points out of a Champions League spot and their only remaining matches being 10 Premier League fixtures, international dates probably represent Yedlin's best chance of playing.
But never you mind about any of that.
"It's absolutely the right thing for him to do," Klinsmann said. "These years are learning years. There are up and downs. They are difficult."