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DeAndre Yedlin left off pre-U20 World Cup roster, Jordan Morris called in

It's entirely possible Yedlin was left off roster because he's starting for the Sounders and they didn't want to lose him.


There were a couple surprises when the United States' roster for the pre-U20 World Cup tournament were announced on Monday: DeAndre Yedlin wasn't among the 22 players selected, but Jordan Morris was. The Toulon Tournament (May 28-June 1) is a warmup for the U20 World Cup in Turkey (June 21-July 13) and head coach Tab Ramos has said the rosters for both tournaments will be very similar.

No explanation for the roster choices has yet been given, but there's at least a chance that Yedlin could still be selected for the World Cup and that his being left off was merely a product of the Sounders wanting to hold onto him for as long as possible. Especially with the injury to Osvaldo Alonso, the Sounders may be wary of losing someone who has started all nine matches in which he was eligible for selection.

Morris' selection is a bit of a surprise for entirely different reasons. His recent call-up to the U20 camp was the first time he'd trained with a youth national team at any level and he was not even in the Sounders Academy until last year. He burst onto the national scene this year, scoring 24 goals in 24 academy matches and being one of the breakout players at national team training.

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