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Three Sounders named to U.S. national team

Seattle Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris.
Ted S. Warren
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Three soccer stars from the Seattle Sounders and a fourth who was born and raised in Seattle are going to the biggest sporting event in the world. The U.S. men's national team yesterday announced that Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan and DeAndre Yedlin made the squad for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.

Also, Cameroon announced that Sounders defender Nouhou will play for that country. Roldan calls his selection "a dream come true." His Sounders teammate Morris echoed the thought.

"It feels amazing," said Morris. "This is something that you dream about since you’re a little kid, that you work for your whole career. In the back of our heads this whole year, it was kind of on our minds. To be able to know you’re part of the group is amazing. It’s an incredibly special group. So, we're just excited to get to Qatar."

The fourth selected player with Northwest roots, DeAndre Yedlin, now plays professionally for Miami's MLS team. This will be Yedlin’s second time playing in the World Cup.

The Americans take the pitch in less than two weeks for their first match against Wales and then they face a really tough test against England.

Tom Banse covers national news, business, science, public policy, Olympic sports and human interest stories from across the Northwest. He reports from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events are unfolding. Tom's stories can be found online and heard on-air during "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.