The U.S. national team face Chile in a friendly on Wednesday in Rancagua (full preview, here) and one player was unexpectedly named in Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man roster.
After signing for Tottoenham Hotspur last summer but seeing out the 2014 MLS season his hometown club the Seattle Sounders, Yedlin has arrived in England and spent time with Tottenham since early January.
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However with the 21-year-old only getting a few U-21 games under his belt and focusing more on settling into his new surroundings, Spurs allowed Klinsmann to call on Yedlin for the friendly against Chile this week and against Panama in early February. Speaking to the U.S. Soccer website, Yedlin shed some light into why he was allowed to join up with the USMNT.
“I think at the time with Spurs I’m obviously just training and not getting a ton of games because I still need to get my fitness up,” Yedlin said. “But I think it allowed me to get time with the national team, which is always good, and hopefully get some games in. Game fitness is obviously the most important thing, so I think they saw a positive in it, I saw positive in it, and this will work out for everyone.”
The former Seattle Sounders right back, who can also play right wing, will work on his fitness while on USMNT duty as Klinsmann said he has been monitoring his situation at Spurs and wanted to help him get some games under his belt. So, how has it been going in north London for Yedlin?
“It’s been great. I have just been introduced to the club, to the fans and had a chance to experience the incredible atmosphere at home games,” Yedlin said “It’s really just right now working on getting that preseason rust off, then hopefully getting into form to where I can play. In the meantime, I’m thrilled to back in with the national team. We have a huge year coming up, and I want to be a part of it as much as possible.”