Yedlin joins USA squad for friendlies
DEANDRE Yedlin has been added to the USA squad for the summer friendlies with Ireland and France.
There will be no World Cup for Yedlin this year after the Americans failed to qualify for the showpiece in Russia.
However, Yedlin will still have the chance to add to his 50 caps for his country.
USA head coach Dave Sarachan said: “We are excited about the chance to add some of the veterans from Europe as well as the younger guys in MLS who have been part of our group since November.
“The games against Ireland and France will bring increasingly more difficult challenges, so we felt it was important to bring in some players who offer a bit more experience. “These matches will provide another big development opportunity for these players who are growing in their international careers.” Yedlin was a consistent member of Rafa Benitez’s squad last season but could now face fresh competition when pre-season begins. Benitez is looking to add a right-back to his squad and the Magpies have already been linked with Ryan Fredericks of Fulham. The 25-yearold’s contract is up at the end of next month but the Cottagers want to give him a new deal. West Ham and Crystal Palace are also keen on his signature.