Yedlin joins USA squad for friendlies

The Chronicle - - Nufc -

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.

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