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DeAndre Yedlin makes Sunderland debut vs. Manchester City, notches assist

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The former Akron Zip picked up a nice assist against the Citizens.

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If DeAndre Yedlin's first start with his new club is a foreshadowing of how the rest of his season will go, big things will happen for the former Akron Zip.

After spending half of last season on the bench at Tottenham Hotspur, Yedlin was loaned to Sunderland over the Summer so that he could get more playing time. The right back spent last weekend's game against Bournemouth on the bench, but got the call from manager Dick Advocaat to be a part of the Starting XI in the Black Cats' League Cup tie with Manchester City.

Sunderland have struggled this season with just two points from six games. Today was no different, as Manchester City jumped all over Sunderland in the first half, racking up four goals. The Black Cats finally got on the board in the 83rd minute, when Yedlin raced up the right side and placed a perfect cross in the box to Ola Toivonen who headed the ball into the back of the net.

It's never good as a defender when your side gives up four goals, but if Yedlin can continue to create goal opportunities he'll be able to earn a starting spot on the team. While Sunderland might be on their way to relegation, that's not all bad news for Yedlin who will get plenty of playing time.

Yedlin's next chance to star comes on Saturday against the other Manchester team, Manchester United.