The first day of the Premier League is usually one that comes with an abundance of happiness and excitement, but that wasn't the case for Americans DeAndre Yedlin and Brad Guzan. One 20-year-old sure was happy about his start to the season, though.
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DeAndre Yedlin misses Spurs bench
Yedlin entered the preseason hoping to win the backup right back spot at Spurs, which would have come with plenty of playing time thanks to the club's congested schedule and Mauricio Pochettino's penchant for rotating his fullbacks. But when the team sheet for Tottenham's season opener against Everton came out, Yedlin's name wasn't anywhere to be found. Kyle Walker was starting, as expected, but Yedlin didn't even dress and it's looking more and more likely that he'll go out on loan again this season. All hope is not lost, though. Kieran Trippier, also battling to be the backup right back, wasn't on the bench, either. That means there was no clear statement of who has the upper hand on Saturday, but Tripper did appear to get more chances in the preseason.
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Brad Guzan doesn't dress either
Guzan signed with Middlesbrough this offseason knowing that Victor Valdes would probably be the team's starter to begin with, but he probably didn't plan on being third choice. That was the case in Boro's opener as Dimitrios Konstantopoulos was named to the bench as the backup over the American. It's still early and Konstantopoulos has the advantage of being at Boro last season when they got promoted, but Guzan needs to play matches. Even if that comes in cup matches when they spell Valdes, it will do. If he's third string, Guzan won't get many looks, even in cups. The American hasn't been at Middlesbrough long and it's way too early to say he's going to be third string or what his standing is, but it's safe to say this wasn't the ideal beginning.
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Lynden Gooch starts in Premier League debut
Gooch has been part of Sunderland's youth system for years, starting at the U-16 level. On Saturday, he finally made it to the first team, starting for the Black Cats as they opened their season against Manchester City. It was the 20-year-old American's first Premier League action -- he came off the bench once last season in the League Cup -- and he played pretty well. There were times he was over-aggressive, but he made some nice passes, moved the ball quickly and didn't look overwhelmed against the title favorites before being subbed off after 65 minutes. All things considered, it was a nice start to the youngster's career in the top flight.