The last time I wrote about DeAndre Yedlin, it was to bring you good news. He had just started back training with the rest of his Newcastle United teammates. Well, now I have to deliver some bad news: Bruce Arena has said that because of his injury and I would assume lack of fitness, Yedlin will not be called into camp for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers for the United States against Costa Rica and Honduras.
There was hope that Yedlin would feature for Newcastle midweek in their League Cup match and then get called up. Apparently, that was not an option for Arena so the USMNT will be down a right back.
Someone is going to have to step up here, because it’s likely down to Graham Zusi and Eric Lichaj. If I was a betting man it’ll be Zusi at right back because Arena loves him some MLS guys and it’s not like Lichaj tore it up during the Gold Cup.
The 23-man roster is expected to be released on Sunday. The USMNT is set to take on Los Ticos September 1st at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, then it’s off to the exotic locale of Honduras on September 5th.