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Sounders rookie DeAndre Yedlin named All-Star

SKCallstarsSounders 20-year-old rookie defender DeAndre Yedlin was named by commissioner Don Garber to the MLS All-Star team today.

"It's a pretty big honor and I'm excited," he said after training today.

The said he checked on Twitter and then was informed by coach Sigi Schmid.

"It's a great honor for him," Schmid said. "It's been a long time since a rookie made the All-Star team (2005), and I guess he's the second homegrown to have ever made the All-Star team. So from that standpoint it's a tremendous honor for him and for our organization."

Schmid said he doesn't expect All-Star duty won't directly conflict with any Sounders games, but it could affect his availability depending on training schedules and how many minutes he plays against Roma.

Here's the news and full team from Major League Soccer, with more from Yedlin below:

International stars Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill of the New York Red Bulls, Robbie Keane of the LA Galaxy, and Marco Di Vaio of the Montreal Impact are among the 20 MLS All-Stars confirmed on the gameday roster that will compete against AS Roma in the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 31 at Sporting Park (live on ESPN2, UniMas, and in Canada on TSN and RDS starting at 9 p.m. ET). Also in the squad are several players with U.S. National Team experience, including Matt Besler, Brad Davis, Omar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi.

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber selected Seattle Sounder FC’s homegrown defender DeAndre Yedlin and New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill as 2013 AT&T MLS All-Stars.

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.

The roster is below, followed by bios of each player, listed in alphabetical order by last name. Players are listed by the position they are most likely to play in the AT&T MLS All-Star Game, which is not necessarily the position they play for their respective clubs.

2013 MLS All-Star Gameday Roster

Goalkeeper: Raul Fernández (FC Dallas), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Patrice Bernier (Montreal Impact), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Marco Di Vaio (Montreal Impact), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Camilo Sanvezzo (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Here's more of what Yedlin had to say:

On dealing with success: You just have to keep a level head. I know myself there’s still a lot to work on to improve my game. I’ve just got to keep pushing on it every day in training, keep improving myself and obviously take this, use it for my confidence, but keep my highs low and my lows high.

On what he knows about AS Roma: Not much other than playing them in FIFA. … I’m using an X-box.

On dealing with Sounders' losses: Its very different, but the thing that I learned pretty fast here is when you have a bad streak here you’ve got to stay positive and keep pushing through it. In college the season’s only three months, so one or two losses could kill your season, here every team goes through it, so we’re going to have to just keep pushing along. We have a good home streak coming up – three games – and it’s a good ways to get us back on board.

On expectations for this season: I never really expected any of this. Of course I wanted it. But I never really expected it. So to come in and be able to make the strides that I’ve made and obviously eventually achieving a spot on the All-Star team, it’s amazing, and it’s humbling. But like I said before, there’s still things to work on and I’m just going to continute to do that. ... Coming in I expected to just come in here and absorb as much as I could from the talent and experience that they have on this team. And with U-20s, I didn’t expect to be there because I wasn’t in any of the camps. But coming in here and playing (improved) my chances with them, and eventually got on the team and played in the World Cup. It’s been a crazy ride, but it’s not a bad ride to have.

On San Jose's goal Saturday: I know Lenhart was dribbling in and I kind of got caught between him and Martinez. I thought I delayed Lenhart pretty well. He shot it – whiffed it. I didn’t think I was going to be able to get to Martinez if I ran straight to him, so I tried to drop back a little bit to cut off the angle to block his left-footed shot, but he’s a good player and he cut back on me and slotted a nice shot into the inside netting. That’s just something that I’ve got to learn: close guys down a little bit tighter. But it’s all a learning experience and I know now. So, just take it and absorb it, and use it when I play next.

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