In the past few years, one of the Seattle Sounders FC’s biggest concerns has been USMNT mid-season call-ups — that trend has continued into 2014 with three players being called into camp for the April 2 friendly against Mexico.
Heading into this summer’s World Cup we knew that Clint Dempsey would miss significant time to be with the national team, and as of the qualifying rounds it was believed that midfielder/defender Brad Evans could get a call as well — but now a new wrinkle has been put into the fabric with right back DeAndre Yedlin receiving his second beckoning from head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Having three players missing from the regular season roster isn’t new for Seattle — last season it was Deuce, Evans and Eddie Johnson. The biggest difference this season is that Evans and Yedlin may actually be facing off for one spot on the plane to Brazil.
Another downfall is that this friendly does’t fall on an international date, which means that all three players will have to fit the match in between this weekend’s home match against Columbus and the following week’s away tilt at Portscum. Although Deuce will still be suspended for this week’s match, both Yedlin and Evans should play — therefore asking them to possibly play three matches in eight days.
The rest of the roster is all North American based with the exception of new US player Julian Green — who was just granted his change of nationality from the German national team on Monday. The 18 year old is a budding star at Bayern Munich and opted two weeks ago to play for the US instead of his home Germany.
It will be interesting to see if and when Yedlin plays against El Tri in one week, and how he fares compared to his teammate at that right back spot. The only other player on the roster with right back experience is Columbus defender Michael Parkhurst.
Here’s a look at the complete roster for the match.
Forwards: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Eddie Johnson (DC United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (DC United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)