SEATTLE – The U.S. men’s national team, once again, has called upon Sounders FC in the buildup to this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Seattle’s Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin were named in coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s 22-man roster for an April 2 exhibition against Mexico, but the Sounders hope this time there won’t be much impact on the MLS season.
The trio is set to leave for Phoenix after Saturday’s home game against Columbus and return in time for an April 5 road game at rival Portland.
“To have three guys representing your club with the national team in a game against Mexico is a nice honor,” said coach Sigi Schmid, whose team was in constant flux last season due to call-ups.
“They’ll be available for the game against Portland, but again, it’s always a function of how many minutes they play (against Mexico). At least the travel is not a major issue, so that makes it easier.”
Dempsey, who will be completing his two-game MLS suspension Saturday, is considered a lock for the World Cup roster.