Go on, admit it. You're excited about DeAndre Yedlin coming to Tottenham Hotspur. And it's okay, because today the US Soccer Federation announced finalists for the U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year award.
Guess who made the list? First guess doesn't count. Here's what the U.S. Soccer had to say about our own dear Yedders:
Yedlin's star has risen for the past two years, but it was his performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup that took his game and career to another level. Yedlin earned three caps and provided 115 effective minutes off the bench in both an outside back and midfield role as the U.S. Men's National Team advanced out of the "Group of Death" in Brazil. Yedlin was one of seven players to make at least 10 appearances for the MNT this year, earning his first start during the USA's 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Oct. 10. Additionally, the Seattle Sounders FC Academy product earned a transfer to English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur through his play for club and country this year.
The only thing they forgot to add was that Yedlin "stole the hearts, hopes and dreams of all Tottenham supporters and is holding them in his perfect, gorgeous, part-Latvian hands."
The other nominees are Mukwele Akale, Emerson Hyndman, Christian Pulisic, and Haji Wright. And while all of them are fine young players, only one of them is a full USA international and also a member of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
If Yedlin loses, I'm blaming Chuck Blazer.