Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin of the Seattle Sounders made the 23-man World Cup roster named Thursday by U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann. However, Brad Evans was not included.
Dempsey, a forward, had been considered a lock for the roster that will travel to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next month.
Defenders Evans and Yedlin had been considered less certain, although Evans was generally thought to have had the better chance.
“(Yedlin) can help cover people with his speed, and he can also use that in the attack,” Sounders sporting director Chris Henderson said through a club release. “ … We’re disappointed for Brad, but we’re excited to have him back. He’s one of the 30 best players in the whole country, so we’re glad to have him on our team.”
Evans was scheduled to return to the Seattle area Thursday night. The Sounders said it was unclear if he would be available for the Major League Soccer match Saturday at the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Also left off the U.S. roster were three-time World Cup participant and Los Angeles Galaxy star Landon Donovan; defenders Michael Parkhurst and Clarence Goodson; midfielders Joe Corona and Maurice Edu; and forward Terrence Boyd.
Klinsmann had named his 30-man preliminary roster May 12.
“It’s an exciting moment when you have narrowed the roster down as a coaching staff, and these 23 players that you’ve chosen can focus now purely on Brazil,” Klinsmann said through U.S. Soccer. “We can go into more specific things about technical approaches, and about the opponents. … After almost 10 days of work right now, we thought the point has come to make the decision.”
Dempsey, 31, has 103 caps and ranks second with 36 career goals for the U.S.
Yedlin, 20, earned his first two caps this year in friendlies against Korea and Mexico. The O’Dea High School product played with the Pierce County-based Sounders U-23s in 2012 and in 2013 became Sounders FC’s first homegrown player.
Evans, 29, has 17 caps. He and the six other released players are on the standby list and could be recalled if needed because of injury.
Before leaving for Brazil, the national team will play three friendlies, starting Tuesday against Azerbaijan in San Francisco. Other matches in the Send-Off Series are June 1 against Turkey in Harrison, New Jersey; and June 7 against Nigeria in Jacksonville, Florida.
Starting midfielder Lamar Neagle of Federal Way went through limited training Thursday, and his status for the Vancouver match is expected to be determined Friday. Coach Sigi Schmid also said rookie forward Sean Okoli was scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test on his knee Thursday. … The Sounders will begin U.S. Open Cup play June 18 against the winner of Sunday’s match between PSA Elite (USASA) and LA Galaxy II (USL-Pro). PSA Elite would visit Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila, while the Sounders would travel to play LA Galaxy II at StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium in Carson, California. The date falls in the middle of the three-week World Cup break in the MLS season. … Schmid said the Sounders could look to get younger at center back during the summer transfer window. He said the club would also consider a midfielder and “also a forward who’s come to our attention.”