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The Daily Dirt: DeAndre Yedlin is good

Yedlin picked up an assist for Sunderland on Tuesday.

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Ever since U.S. fullback DeAndre Yedlin broke out in the 2014 World Cup by bombing up and down the right wing, American fans have been infatuated with his game and how it can be more integrated into the USMNT system. After Yedlin jumped from the Seattle Sounders to Tottenham Hotspur, that infatuation grew into dreams of the youngster becoming a dynamic winger in the Barclays Premier League. Alas, Tottenham doesn't have room for Yedlin in the first team, and the club has loaned him to Sunderland.

Forget Spurs; maybe Sunderland will be Yedlin's launching pad. In his first start with the Black Cats, a Capital One Cup contest against Manchester Citythe 22-year-old fared well. Yedlin showed the pace and touch that has excited Americans, and he tallied an assist on a late goal.

With any luck, Yedlin will continue to receive solid minutes at Sunderland, and his time against Premier League competition will take his game to the next level.

New MLS salary numbers: Drogba, Valdez, Veron, other summer signings [SI]

The latest MLS salary numbers are in. In addition to revealing new figures on summer signings, the list further emphasizes Eric Quintana's point on how Atlanta United FC should build its roster: Spending top dollar doesn't guarantee success. The four MLS clubs with multiple million-dollar players — LA Galaxy, Sounders, Toronto FC, New York City FC — currently rank fourth, seventh, 11th, and 17th in the standings.

5 ways Robert Lewandowski's 5-goal game was completely ridiculous [SB Nation]

Yes, you read that correctly. Lewandowski scored five goals against Wolfsburg for Bayern Munich on Tuesday. He did that as a halftime sub. He scored all five goals in nine minutes. Wow.

What's happening in The A?

You're not going to believe this, but the Braves beat the Mets Tuesday night. That victory came in New York, which broke an incredible 58-day streak of the Bravos going winless outside of Atlanta and Philadelphia.

NBA season approaches, and the Hawks will try to build on their phenomenal 2014-15 campaign. Our pals at Peachtree Hoops already have positional previews for the team's point guards and wings, as well as an updated injury report.