Losers of two shutouts in a row, the Sounders received some good news Monday when defender DeAndre Yedlin was named to the MLS All-Star team.
Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin was named to the AT&T MLS All-Star roster, the league announced Monday. The MLS All-Stars will compete against AS Roma July 31 at Sporting Park in Kansas City. A rookie, Yedlin, 20, Seattle’s first “homegrown player,” was one of two additions to the All-Star team by MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
Yedlin signed after attending Seattle’s O’Dea High School and the University of Akron while also participating in the Sounders FC Academy and U-23 programs.
He is the youngest player in club history to play a complete game and record an assist. This season he has logged 1,180 minutes (fifth on the club) and he has started 13 of the club’s 17 regular-season matches.
Yedlin is Seattle’s lone representative on the All-Star team. Osvaldo Alonso earned All-Star honors the past two seasons, and Eddie Johnson was named to last year’s team. Kasey Keller earned the honors from 2009-2011, Fredy Montero was named to the team three times (2009, 2010 and 2012) and Freddie Ljungberg was honored in 2009 and 2010.
Because of the competitive format — MLS vs. the World — of the All-Star Game, MLS asked All-Star head coach Peter Vermes to select from among all available players. Vermes selected all 11 of the original fan-voted All-Stars. Nine roster selections are MLS All-Stars for the first time, with 12 of the 19 MLS teams represented.
2013 MLS All-Star Roster
Goalkeepers: Raul Fernández (FC Dallas), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
Defenders: Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders).
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Patrice Bernier (Montreal Impact), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).
Forwards: Marco Di Vaio (Montreal Impact), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Camilo Sanvezzo (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).
The Sounders, blanked in consecutive matches by Vancouver (2-0) and San Jose (1-0), will host the Colorado Rapids Saturday at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.