Seattle Sounders FC right back DeAndre Yedlin was among 21 players called in Monday for the United States national team’s friendly against Ecuador on Friday.
That’s the same night the Sounders will face Vancouver at CenturyLink Field. That MLS match will determine the 2014 Cascadia Cup and could be crucial in the Supporters Shield hopes of the Sounders, and the playoff push of the Whitecaps.
Seattle’s back line has been thinned recently by injuries to Leo Gonzalez (hamstring) and Zach Scott (ankle). Coach Sigi Schmid said last week that both players were healing, but neither were available Sunday for the Sounders’ 4-1 win at Colorado. In their absence, Schmid started Brad Evans at left back and Jalil Anibaba at center back.
Yedlin, 21, has made seven appearances with the national team, including three in the World Cup in Brazil.
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Forward Clint Dempsey, Seattle’s other World Cup veteran, was not called.
The roster is highlighted by forwards Landon Donvan and Jozy Altidore. It will be Donovan’s final appearance for the national team. The players will report to Boston for training before traveling Thursday to East Hartford, Connecticut, for the match.
The Sounders played to a 1-1 draw at Colorado on Monday in their final MLS Reserve League match. Andy Rose scored the lone goal for Seattle. Newly acquired defender Onyekachi Apam saw his first action, playing the first 45 minutes.