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DeAndre Yedlin Quietly Slips Into the EPL

The latest MLS export to the EPL, DeAndre Yedlin, formerly a right-back for the Seattle Sounders and currently still a member of the USMNT, got his first official EPL playing time on Saturday for Tottenham Hotspur after arriving at the club in January and a little less than a year after having been signed to play for the club.

There was no fan fare. There were no horns or whistles. No confetti. Just Yedlin stepping quietly out onto the field in the 79' minute of Spurs' ultimate 0-1 loss to Aston Villa to take a throw-in. And with that, he's broken his first team EPL cherry. We'll see what happens from here, but...U.S.-bred outfield player (non-goalkeepers) do not tend to fare well in the EPL. The only advantage Yedlin might have is that he's still young and moldable.

In his 10+ minutes on the field vs. Aston Villa, Yedlin looked...pretty much like what you'd expect from a guy making his EPL debut. He was a little tentative, got caught out of position a few times, but at the same time he filled his role competent and didn't commit any major boners...though there was almost one that led to a goal.

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