It’s already been a great year for DeAndre Yedlin. It could be getting better.
The young Sounders FC defender told MLSsoccer.com after Saturday’s game that he has been invited to an upcoming training camp with the U.S. U-20 national team ahead of this summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup. The 19-year-old Seattle native has trained at the U.S. U-20 and U-18 levels before, but he wasn’t a part of the squad that advanced to the finals of the CONCACAF U-20 championships.
“It’ll be a pretty exciting experience, but I haven’t made it yet,” Yedlin said to the league website. “It’s just a camp … and hopefully (I’ll) get picked for the World Cup team. I’m just going to go in and do my best.”
The FIFA U-20 World Cup is in Turkey from June 21 to July 13, and the draw will be held this morning.
Seattle’s first homegrown player was also the subject of this piece on the The New York Times soccer blog. Here’s a quote from Yedlin in that story: “One of the big goals of mine is to be on that U-20 team. The World Cup in Turkey would be a dream come true.”
Let’s get to some links:
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— FIFA confirmed Monday that it has received an official protest from Costa Rica stemming from Friday night’s snowy World Cup qualifier in Colorado. The governing body of world soccer will now analyze all the pertinent information.
— Grant Wahl also noted there has, in fact, been a rule change, and games suspended now officially resume from the point at which they were stopped.
— So where did the blizzard game rank in memorable WC qualifiers? ProSoccerTalk has a list.
— Did you see Jermaine Jones won’t be available for the USMNT in Mexico due to an ankle injury?
— Landon Donovan was last spotted in Wisconsin, by the way.
— The Soccer Insider has broadcast information for another big day of qualifying action worldwide coming up Tuesday. Steven Goff also felt the U.S. women aren’t getting their due with an upcoming centennial celebration for the federation this summer.
— Here’s a roundup of the weekend’s action in MLS, including much attention to Seattle’s slow start. Note, also, that Montreal is now a perfect 4-0 and Chivas USA is 2-1-1. Elsewhere, the Galaxy are saying some movement at the top of the organization won’t affect a DP search.
— What do you make of this controversy in Portland? Big deal? Little deal? No deal?
— A bigger controversy in the women’s game, of course, is the scheduling of the next Women’s World Cup final to be played on artificial turf.
— Lastly, Reign FC has returned to Seattle following its preseason trip to Japan, which was capped by a 4-0 exhibition win over second division Nojima Stella Kanagawa.