The Seattle Sounders claimed a 3-2 victory over Real Salt Lake on Friday night, with Tottenham Hotspur-bound DeAndre Yedlin grabbing two assists to help keep the club on top of the Western Conference.
A Javier Morales goal saw the Sounders go 1-0 down after half an hour, before Lamar Neagle’s long-range strike from Yedlin’s pass beat Nick Rimando in the opposition net eight minutes later to draw the two teams level again.
The home side then took the lead themselves just before half-time, with Yedlin setting up an attack which saw strike-partners Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins link up brilliantly for the former Newcastle United front man to slot home.
That lead was short-lived, though, with the visitors grabbing their second of the game five minutes after the break thanks to diminutive winger Joao Plata, but a red card for centre-back Nat Borchers in the 68th-minute would put Seattle back in the driving seat.
Sigi Schmid’s side couldn’t capitalise on the advantage until the final seconds, however, with Yedlin controlling a delivery in the area to tee up substitute Andy Rose for the dramatic winner in the fourth minute of added time.
Yedlin’s performances so far this season haven’t quite been up to the standard of his debut 2013 season, but the full-back’s impressive World Cup campaign which earned him the £2.5 million move to Spurs showcased just what he’s capable of when on form.
Having returned to MLS on loan for the time being, it remains to be seen whether the promising US international will head over to White Hart Lane in either the winter or next summer, but outings like the one this week are no doubt encouraging for the future.