The former Seattle Sounders defender came on in the 79th-minute of his side's 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa.
There’s nothing that unites the American soccer sphere quite like seeing one of their own make their mark in Europe.
That much would have been clear to whoever was following the closing stages of Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Twitter, when two-time MLS All-Star DeAndre Yedlin entered in the 79th-minute for his long-awaited Spurs debut.
The US international completed his pre-arranged move from the Seattle Sounders at the start of the winter transfer window but had failed to even make the first-team bench during his first three months at the club until the weekend’s visit of Villa.
With fellow right-back Kyle Walker injuring his foot in last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Burnley, however, Saturday’s match provided him with what could be the first of a handful of senior appearances between now and the end of the season.
His well-received introduction couldn’t prevent Spurs from falling to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to former manager Tim Sherwood’s side after Christian Benteke's first-half header but the former Sounders product was still in a jubilant mood at the final whistle following his first Premier League run-out.
"Obviously, it's unbelievable to make my debut here," Yedlin told SpursTV after the game. "It's something I've looked forward to for a while now. But the circumstances weren't the best. It's disappointing, lost the three points. We're going to have to come back and get those points back.
"That's the only thing going through my head right now, is the loss. The debut's great but the loss is kind of overshadowing that right now. It's disappointing but we can't hang our heads."
As expect, Yedlin's Tottenham bow sparked a sizeable reaction back home across the Atlantic, where the MLS community was more than delighted to see a former homegrown player get the chance to make his mark on the big stage.
That included the likes of former teammates, oppositions rivals and league legends such as Taylor Twellman and Mike Petke, who all took to Twitter to congratulate the Seattle-native on a landmark appearance.
Congrats to DeAndre Yedlin. Great moment for American Soccer, MLS, Seattle and the Yedlin Family.— @petkemike (@petkemike) April 11, 2015