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Schmid: Yedlin's U-20 selection could be just the start; club has options in his absence

Here's some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say today about right back DeAndre Yedlin's selection to the U.S. U-20 World Cup team.

"It’s great for DeAndre," he said. "I think that the success that he’s had with us this season is what propelled him into the under-20 pool, and then eventually onto the team. It’s good for him. It’s a great experience being part of youth world championships. You play against some quality teams, and there are some players that you’re going to play against who are going to have good careers – some guys that you’ll never hear of again, but some guys who are going to have good careers. And so for him, it’s just another stage in that development. Being the under-20 selection right now, does he have the potential to be considered for an Olympic team, does he have the potential to be considered for the World Cup? Maybe 2014 is too soon, maybe 2018. Those are all stepping stones in that direction."

On the 2-4 games he could miss with the Sounders: It depends how far they go. Obviously that’s something that we’ve got to take into the process. When you have players who have success, they are going to leave. Luckily by that stage we’ll have Evans back, and obviously he’s played a little bit right back, so maybe he can fill in there. Zach Scott has played right back as well. We’ll have to make do; we’ve done that this season as well. But at the end of the day, we’re going to be a better team for it.

Here's part of a Sounders press release on the news:

Sounders FC defender DeAndre Yedlin has been named to the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey from June 21-July 13.

Yedlin, 19, was previously called into the U-20 national team camp in January of 2012 and also joined the team for training camp last April. Seattle's first Homegrown Player, Yedlin has started 11 of 12 MLS matches and has logged the second-most minutes (989) of any field player on Sounders FC. Yedlin will miss four Sounders FC matches, including at Real Salt Lake on June 22, versus D.C. United on July 3, at Vancouver on July 6 and at San Jose on July 13.

The group is a familiar one during the World Cup qualifying process with 17 of the 21 helping lead the U-20 MNT to a runner-up finish at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship earlier this year.

"We're very happy about the group we selected," said Ramos. "Obviously it's always difficult. Wednesday night we were up till late selecting the final couple players. It's always hard to let a player go who's worked so hard to get here, and we know that we have 35 players who are deserving of going to the World Cup." The U.S. is coming off a four-game stretch at the Under-21 Toulon Tournament in France, where Ramos and his staff utilized the event to evaluate and finalize the U-20 World Cup roster. Sixteen of the players on the USA's 22-player Toulon Tournament roster are part of the World Cup. The five who were not with the team in France include Philadelphia Union Academy goalkeeper Zach Steffen, Seattle Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin, midfielder Luis Gil of Real Salt Lake, and forwards Mario Rodriguez of 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Jose Villarreal of the LA Galaxy.

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