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DeAndre Yedlin got his Spurs debut against Aston Villa, Jermaine Jones tabbed Scott Caldwell to be his replacement in the national team setup and more awesome MAC-related things that happened this weekend.

Yedlin made his long-awaited debut for Spurs on Sunday against Villa.
Yedlin made his long-awaited debut for Spurs on Sunday against Villa.
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DeAndre Yedlin gets his debut

After transferring from his hometown Seattle Sounders in December to Tottenham Hotspur, Yedlin finally got on the pitch in Spurs' game against Aston Villa on Saturday.

After being named to the 18-man squad for the first time all year, U.S. men's national team fans were clamoring for Yedlin to get a taste of first team action, and they got their wish in the 79th minute. Yedlin came on to replace Vlad Chiriches and played a reasonably solid 11 minutes in Spurs' loss.

Michel Vorm saved Yedlin from making the headlines for all wrong reasons, as Tottenham's second-choice goalkeeper stopped a Fabian Delph shot after Yedlin slipped in the box in the 85th minute.

As Ives Galarcep pointed out, it was a limited amount of time to make an impact, but Yedlin played well.

As Paul Carr from ESPN mentioned, Yedlin is the fourth American to play for Spurs in the Premier League, joining the likes of Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller.

With Chiriches and Kyle Walker still seemingly above him in the team, Yedlin will probably find first-team minutes hard to come by. But if he continues to improve, Yedlin will evolve into a solid full-back under Mauricio Pochettino.

Jermaine Jones calls for Caldwell to be national team replacement

Our friends over at thebentmusket -- who write about the New England Revolution -- wrote a great story about this that you can find here.

The story pretty much says it all, so give it a read and look for Scott Caldwell to be deputized by Jurgen Klinsmann any day now.

U.S. v Mexico rosters released

Speaking of Klinsmann. More good news came for Yedlin later on Sunday, as he was included as one of the 22 names on the roster for the USA-Mexico game. Perry Kitchen was also a recent add to the lineup.

Great news for Yedlin and Kitchen, but it was a tad disappointing not to see Wil Trapp make the list. Klinsmann has been bringing more youth players into the international scene as of late and Trapp could do with another cap against an in-form Mexico side.

Perry Kitchen for Hustler of the week?

Kitchen has been a staple in the D.C. United lineup for quite awhile, but he truly showed his worth on Saturday, scoring both of United's goals in their 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls.

Scoring goals and being a solid defender in D.C.'s setup? Sounds like a recipe to be "Hustler of the week" to me.

Goal of the week?

Colorado hadn't scored a goal in 600 minutes coming into its game against FC Dallas. But no one told the Rapids that, as it only took them two minutes to put one past FC Dallas in Toyota Stadium.

While the story of the game was certainly the 4-0 scoreline and the end of the goal drought, a moment of pure magic was created by former Akron man Dillon Serna in the 85th minute.

After being released through the middle and facing two defenders, Serna unleashed a left-footed rocket from a ways outside the box to score the fourth and final goal of the match.

You can take a look at it here: