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U.S. national team staff checks on Stuart Holden today

Stuart Holden

U.S. national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann travels north to Seattle on Saturday, presumably checking in on striker Eddie Johnson and midfielder Brad Evans. That’s according to U.S. Soccer blog, which posted the information Friday afternoon.

Klinsmann surely will also have an eye on young Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin, among the bright spots of Seattle season yet to achieve liftoff in 2013.

Speaking of right back, where the U.S. team will eventually need to replace Steve Cherundolo – although not just yet. The veteran right back will still have something to say about the ongoing qualifying campaign. Which is why U.S. assistant Matthias Hamann was in Freiburg on Friday, checking on the U.S. defender as the home team took down Cherundolo’s Hannover, 3-1. Cherundolo went all 90 minutes.

Hamann will be at Saturday’s Wolfsburg-Hoffenheim contest to monitor U.S. pair Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams.of Hoffenheim.

The really interesting U.S. staff appearance will be in Leeds, where U.S. European-based assistant Andi Herzog has arrived to check on Stuart Holden’s progress.

Holden, on loan to Sheffield Wednesday for another two weeks, will be at famed Elland Road for the Yorkshire derby with Championship rivals Leeds United.