Before we get started, let's acknowledge something shall we?
All the former Zips currently in MLS sucked this week. If I'm not mistaken, almost every single team that contains a former Akronite (is that a word?) -- think Columbus Crew SC, D.C. United, New England Revolution, Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps -- either lost or drew their games. The only teams to escape that fate were D.C. with a 2-1 midweek win over Orlando City before being shocked in stoppage time by the Philadelphia Union, the Houston Dynamo, who's former Zip, Kofi Sarkodie, didn't even get off the bench and goalkeeper Evan Bush of the Montreal Impact, who didn't have much to do in his team's 4-1 win over Real Salt Lake.
So it's time to give some credit where credit is due: to Deandre Yedlin in the English Premier League. He's only made one appearance for Spurs almost a month ago but the kid is pushing on the fringes of the first team.
Bleacher Report did an amazing story on him, which you can find here. The story details how hard Yedlin has been working, his adjustment to stardom in the past 18 months and how moving to Spurs has changed his life.
DeAndre Yedlin (@yedlinny) Exclusive! I’m happy to wait for my chance at @SpursOfficial #THFC http://t.co/ACw1PyNWnE pic.twitter.com/0DwMJOFueT— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) May 12, 2015
Despite the players in direct competition with him being in blistering form, as Danny Rose proved by scoring over the weekend, Yedlin seems to be improving and should Kyle Walker's injury problems continue into next season it could be the Year of the Yedlin.
Until then we can just look at the stats of his only appearance for Spurs: 100 percent pass completion (three passes), one of his team's 19 tackles and 11 minutes played. This is certainly a modest stat line but by next year, who knows how good @Yedlinny might be.
I expect we'll see him during the Capitol One Cup and the FA Cup next season and if he can leave his imprint there, it might lead to greater things in the future.