Sounders FC defender DeAndre Yedlin is expected back from the FIFA U-20 World Cup on Friday night.
The 19-year-old Seattle native started all three group-stage games for the U.S. U-20s, who went 0-2-1 against Spain, France and Ghana and were eliminated from the tournament. Yedlin got solid reviews for the most part but did have to leave the third game with a shoulder injury.
Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid said the right back suffered a minor shoulder separation and that the team’s trainer, Randy Noteboom, has been in touch with the U.S. U-20’s trainer, who relayed that the strength and range of motion in Yedlin’s shoulder are good.
“It was just that he didn’t feel comfortable at times,” Schmid said. “That’s the kind of injury that sometimes it just takes two or three days just to calm down a little bit and then you’re OK again. But it’s good to know that his strength was good and his range of motion. We’ll have to evaluate him tomorrow and we’ll see.”
I asked if Yedlin is in the mix to be able to play in the team’s next game, Wednesday vs. D.C. United, and Schmid said, “Yeah, definitely.”
Here was how the coach evaluated how the young right back did on the world stage: “I thought he acquitted himself very well. His ability to get forward got shown. He was able to display his speed. You don’t want to say they’re kids, because they’re already 19 and 20 years old, but there are still mistakes sometimes that happen and get made, but I thought DeAndre played well.”