The United States men’s soccer team’s sweep of Netherlands and Germany in back-to-back friendlies continues to be celebrated by the nation’s soccer fans — the Seattle Sounders very much included.
“Great for the boys,” said Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey, who usually serves as captain of the national team. “I thought they showed a lot of character after going down to get back into the (Germany) game. And that’s good for the U.S. to be getting wins like that away from home on European soil. Hopefully, it helps with the world rankings.”
Dempsey skipped the transatlantic travel due to the recent birth of his fourth child. However, Sounders FC still viewed the results with special interest — and special pride — because of the contributions of three other national team members with ties to the club: defender Brad Evans, Seattle native and former Sounder DeAndre Yedlin, and Seattle native and Sounders FC Academy alum Jordan Morris.
“It’s awesome,” general manager Garth Lagerwey said. “There are three Sounders on the field for arguably the biggest friendly win in American (soccer) history: You’ve got Evans and Yedlin and Morris. The problem is only one of those players plays on our team right now. But that’s not really a problem … it’s a product of our development. If we’re able to participate in the world marketplace, and we produce a player of the quality of DeAndre Yedlin, who’s then bought by a bigger club, that’s great. That’s part of the process. That’s part of our development curve.”
Yedlin assisted one goal and Morris assisted the winning goal in the USA’s 4-3 victory over Netherlands last Friday. Then on Wednesday, Evans assisted Bobby Wood’s goal, which produced the 2-1 win over Germany.
“Great result for the U.S.,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “I thought the second half was good. Certainly, I thought Michael Bradley had a big influence on the game. I thought it certainly helped because (coach Jurgen Klinsmann) allowed him to … run from deep and has given him cover. And I think that’s where Michael is most dangerous at. If he’s pushed too high, he loses some of his effectiveness. But you saw him make four or five very decisive runs through midfield. I thought that was very good, and I thought the guys with Sounders connections — Evans, Yedlin and Jordan Morris — all had a good impact on the game.”
Evans is expected back at Sounders training Friday. He played the final 45 minutes of the game against Germany, and Schmid said the two would talk before deciding Evans’ possible role in Seattle’s home match with FC Dallas on Saturday.
Yedlin transferred from Seattle to Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League over the offseason. Meanwhile, Lagerwey reaffirmed the club’s hope that Morris will sign with the Sounders once he concludes his ongoing college career at Stanford.
All-star midfielder Osvaldo Alonso watched Thursday training with an ice pack wrapped around his left hamstring. Schmid said his availability is day to day.
Meanwhile, forward Obafemi Martins trained with a face mask protecting his nose, which was operated on last week. Schmid indicated he expects Martins to be available Saturday, although probably not for the full 90 minutes.
Forward Chad Barrett also remains limited with a hamstring injury, and he is not expected to be ready for the weekend.