DeAndre Yedlin in action for the Sounders U-23 in 2012 (SoundersPhotos.com)
This call-up is the 20-year-old's first for the senior national team. He started three matches for the United States in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, falling to Spain and Ghana while earning a draw against France.
The 26-player roster will report to the national team camp on January 6 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. DeAndre is one of 26 Americans who will compete in the January camp before the squad is narrowed to 23 players. That smaller group will then train in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from January 13-25, returning to California on January 26.
The right back played every minute of the 2012 PDL Season for the Sounders U-23 earning All-PDL 1st Team before joining the Sounders FC as their first home-grown signing.
Press Release from July, 2012 – Yedlin Named to All-PDL 1st Team
Tacoma, WA - Sounders FC U-23 defender, DeAndre Yedlin, was named First-Team All-PDL on Tuesday. The right back started every match during the 2012 campaign, scoring a goal and an assist. The selection recognizes Yedlin as one of the 11 best PDL players amongst the 73 teams across North America.
Sounders U-23 Head Coach, Darren Sawatzky said, “DeAndre is a dynamic, modern, outside back, with a great engine. He was a warrior this summer logging every minute of every game.”
Yedlin joined the Sounders U-23 after his freshman season at Akron. Following his freshman season at the NCAA powerhouse, Top Drawer Soccer named him as one of the Top 10 Freshman in college soccer.
“DeAndre comes to training and games and works hard without any excuses and he has grown daily over the past two years,” Sawatzky said. “We look forward to watching him grow this fall at Akron”
The future is bright for Yedlin, who is a Sounders FC Academy alum. The 19 year-old is eligible to be a Homegrown Player for the Seattle Sounders FC. This means the Sounders FC first team could acquire Yedlin automatically without using a draft pick if or when they choose.
“DeAndre is poised to play at the next level, and time will tell how well he does,” Sawatzky said. “He has the pieces necessary to play as a professional and it will be fun to watch him in the coming years”
To learn more about DeAndre, CLICK HERE for his in-depth story from youth to 2012.