Seattle Sounders midfielder Brad Evans and defender DeAndre Yedlin were called in to the United States national soccer team’s first camp of the new year Friday.
It was the first such call for Yedlin, the Sounders’ homegrown player who grew up in Seattle, attended O’Dea High School, and played for Pierce County-based Sounders U-23 before moving to MLS in 2013.
Yedlin, 20, started three matches for the USA in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Evans, 28, has 16 caps with the senior team, including a career-high 10 with nine starts in 2013.
They will join 24 other call-ins Monday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. A 23-player group then will train in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from Jan. 13-25 and return to Carson in time for a friendly against the Korea Republic at 2 p.m. Feb. 1 (ESPN2).
“We are all very excited for this camp because, as a team, it will give us our first taste of Brazil,” national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a U.S. Soccer press release. “This is a very important camp in our preparations for the World Cup.”
Also called to the camp were Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall, a SeaTac native and graduate of Gig Harbor High School, and former two-time Sounders scoring leader Eddie Johnson, now with D.C. United.firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer