Yedlin plays 24 minutes in MLS loss to AS Roma
Sounders FC’s DeAndre Yedlin is expected to be back and ready for this weekend’s home game against FC Dallas after playing 24 minutes for the MLS All-Stars in Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to Italy’s AS Roma.
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TUKWILA — No rest for the young.
Sounders FC’s DeAndre Yedlin is on pace to play three games in seven days as he returns to Seattle after playing 24 minutes for the MLS All-Stars in Wednesday’s 3-1 loss against Italy’s AS Roma.
The 20-year-old defender came on in the second half at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., as the last All-Star to enter. He is the third-youngest player to play in the All-Star Game, the first rookie since 2005, and even had a couple of dangerous chances to score in his limited time.
AS Roma scored in the opening minutes, then added two second-half goals.
Kevin Strootman and Alessandro Florenzi each had a goal and an assist, and Junior Tallo also scored for Roma, the three-time Serie A champions. Omar Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Galaxy scored the only goal for the MLS side in second-half stoppage time.
The MLS was 7-2-1 against international opponents since the league adopted the current All-Star game format, the only losses coming to English Premier League club Manchester United.
Coach Sigi Schmid had said after Wednesday’s practice that “depending on how many minutes (Yedlin) plays, there’s a good possibility he could play Saturday” in a 7:30 p.m. home game against FC Dallas, and the substitute role appears to play favorably into the Sounders’ plans.
Yedlin, who is scheduled to return home Thursday, also played all 90 minutes in Sunday’s 2-1 home win against Chivas USA.
Alonso named inactive All-Star
Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was one of 10 players designated as inactive MLS All-Stars by a player vote.
Additional All-Stars were named Wednesday because there must be a total of 32 in accordance with the league’s collective-bargaining agreement with the players’ union.
Alonso, 27, has been named an All-Star three times in his five years in MLS. He started last year’s 3-2 win against England’s Chelsea FC.
Two other locals also earned the honor: Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall (Gig Harbor native) and FC Dallas defender George John (Shoreline native, University of Washington product).
• MLS intends to expand to 24 teams by 2020, as commissioner Don Garber first revealed on the halftime broadcast of Wednesday’s game.
Joshua Mayers: 206-464-3184 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Associated Press contributed to this report.