"The commissioner made what I think is a great selection: He decided to go with a homegrown player in Seattle’s DeAndre Yedlin to represent them in this game," Vermes said. "All of our teams in the league at the moment have done a tremendous job to this point since we’re in the infancy stages of our academies. And for Seattle to produce a player like Yedlin is just fantastic. He is somebody that I actually considered just picking without even speaking to the commissioner, but when he talked about him I thought he was a great choice as well."
Here's the new release from the Sounders:
Seattle Sounders FC defender DeAndre Yedlin has been selected to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star roster, MLS announced today. The MLS All-Stars will compete against AS Roma on July 31 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. PT on ESPN2, UniMas, TSN and RDS. Yedlin, 20, was selected to the team as one of two additions by MLS Commissioner Don Garber. Yedlin is the first Homegrown Player selected since Juan Agudelo in 2011, and the last rookie selected was Michael Parkhurst in 2005.
Yedlin became the first Homegrown Player signed by the club after attending Seattle's O'Dea High School and the University of Akron while also participating in the Sounders FC Academy and U-23 programs. He became the youngest player in club history to play a complete game and record an assist. He has logged 1,180 minutes (fifth on Sounders FC) and he has started 13 of the club's 17 regular-season matches.
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Yedlin is Seattle's lone representative on the 2013 MLS All-Star team. Osvaldo Alonso earned All-Star honors the past two seasons, and Eddie Johnson was also named to last year's team. Kasey Keller earned the honors from 2009-2011, Fredy Montero was named to the team three times (2009, 2010 and 2012) and Freddie Ljungberg was honored in 2009 and 2010.
Because of the competitive format -- MLS vs. the World -- of the AT&T All-Star Game, MLS asked All-Star head coach Peter Vermes to select from among all available players, and he constructed a dynamic, balanced roster loaded with the League's top talent.
Vermes selected all 11 of the original fan-voted All-Stars. Nine roster selections are MLS All-Stars for the first time, with 12 of the 19 MLS teams represented.