It took three months, 10 days, six hours and 35 minutes (Seattle-time, because we care), but this morning, it finally happened: DeAndre Yedlin made his long-awaited debut for Tottenham Hotspur. The United States international came on late for Romanian Vlad Chiriches as Spurs tried to pull back Aston Villa’s one-goal edge, and while the home side went on to a disappointing 1-0 loss, big picture goals were served. Yedlin, potentially the team’s future right back, has finally logged his first minutes in North London.
For U.S. soccer diehards, it’s a huge moment, particularly since Yedlin came through college and Major League Soccer. But the implications of today’s debut reverberate far beyond one player, team or sport. From Puget Sound to White Hart Lane, the world changed dramatically this morning, with the fabric of modern sport shredded and resewn by the dawn of a new icon.