Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
There was good news this week for Adams, as he was healthy enough to make the bench for Leipzig’s goalless draw with Wolfsburg. The central midfielder appears to be healthy enough for a potential return to action against Tottenham in a critical Champions League second-leg fixture.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks started and went the distance in Wolfsburg’s aforementioned draw with Leipzig. The backline did well to hold one of the league’s most potent offenses at bay. After a tough start to the second half, Wolfsburg haven’t lost in eight straight matches and are trending up at the right time. Brooks has been a big part of that run after he was benched for some time earlier in 2020. Wolfsburg face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League Round of 16, and based on their form, they probably have high ambitions for the competition.
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Chandler put in a full shift in the midweek against Werder Bremen as Eintracht punched their ticket to the DfB-Pokal semifinal. The winger was quiet in the 2-0 win but was involved in an aerial challenge that put off a Werder defender, leading to a handball and subsequent penalty that gave Frankfurt the lead. Eintracht face favorites Bayern Munich in the final four. Chandler watched from the bench on the weekend as his side was smacked 4-0 by Bayer Leverkusen.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie went 180 minutes this week for Schalke, with a standout performance in the latter –– a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim –– after his side was beaten 1-0 by Bayern and knocked out of the DfB-Pokal. In the cup match, McKennie created a couple of big chances for Schalke, with one coming by way of a nice run and cross that was acrobatically met but hit the crossbar and bounced over. The midfielder was nutmegged on Bayern’s only goal, though, with Joshua Kimmich’s shot whistling between McKennie’s legs as Schalke couldn’t clear their lines after a corner. On the
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
On Tuesday, Morales logged 120 minutes as Fortuna were stunned on penalties by fourth-tier Saarbrucken in the DfB-Pokal. Morales was quiet in the contest, and Fortuna were lucky to even force extra time, scoring very late to equalize at one. Morales converted his penalty in the sixth round of the shootout, but Mathias Jorgensen, who scored the tying goal, couldn’t slot home in the seventh, and Fortuna were eliminated. Morales did not play on the weekend against Mainz in a 1-1 draw, watching that match from the bench.
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
Steffen remains sidelined with a knee injury. His status is still very unclear, as is his projected return date. He missed both of Fortuna’s games last week.
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund)
Reyna came on in the 83rd minute and helped Dormtund see out an important 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. The 17-year-old did little of note or to fill the stat sheet during his short cameo. Dortmund are still in the title fight, sitting four points behind Bayern Munich, but they more pressingly face PSG in the second leg of the Champions League this week.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
After coming on as a late sub in their aforementioned DfB-Pokal loss, Sargent started on the weekend and scored a fantastic goal for Bremen. In the opening exchanges, Sargent drove at the Hertha defense before unleashing a powerful left-footed blast across the keeper that flew into the back of the net. It was a desperately needed goal for Sargent, the attacker’s first since October 19. Interestingly, Sargent was deployed as an attacking midfielder, his first time being put in that position all season. He won three tackles on the day, picked up a yellow card, and was removed with less than five minutes to play, and he was then criticized by manager Florian Kohfeldt for failing to stick to his role after Werder took an early lead in a game they’d draw 2-2.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Pulisic wasn’t fit enough to make the Chelsea team this week, but manager Frank Lampard reported more positive news that the winger played a match behind closed doors. Chelsea had a massive week, beating Liverpool in the FA Cup and running out 4-0 winners against Everton in the league.
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa)
Vassilev wasn’t in the Villa 18-man squad that lost 4-0 to Leicester on Monday.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
Twice this week, Yedlin was an unused substitute for Newcastle. He missed out on a 3-2 FA Cup win over West Brom that pushes the Magpies into the last eight (where they’ll host Manchester City) and a 1-0 league win over Southampton that moves them up to 13th place, eight points above the bottom three. Yedlin’s last game minutes came on February 4 in an FA Cup win over Oxford.
Timothy Weah (Lille)
Weah is out for the season with a hamstring injury. He made just three Ligue 1 appearances in his debut season for Lille. Fourth-place LOSC beat Lyon 1-0 this weekend and now have an eight-point gap between themselves and fifth-place Reims.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
Boyd received another start this week and at the very least made a positive influence in a Besiktas win, even if he didn’t get involved in either of their goals in a 2-1 victory over Ankaragucu. The winger did fill out the stat sheet, racking up three dribbles, a key pass, a shot, and two tackles, and he passed at 89 percent. He wasn’t on the ball too much, but Boyd was threatening when he did have it. More importantly, his side picked up a huge win that closes the gap on a Champions League place to six points.
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
Ajax got back to winning ways this week with a badly needed 3-1 triumph at Heerenveen, in which Dest went 90 minutes. Making his eighth straight start at right back, Dest didn’t make his usual impact, finishing with just two tackles and one successful dribble. He was also caught well up field on Heerenveen’s goal and couldn’t quite recover to block the goal-bound shot from Mitchell van Bergen. There was one other moment of note for the 19-year-old in the match in which he found himself on the wrong end of a blow-up from his captain, Dusan Tadic, who lost his cool with the teenager late in the first half over an unknown issue. It should be in the past, and Dest will want to move forward quickly.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood was an unused substitute as Hamburg beat Jahn Regensburg 2-1. Hamburg are third in the table, one point behind Stuttgart and the 2. Bundesliga’s second automatic promotion spot.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Holmes remains sidelined with an ankle injury. Derby beat Blackburn 3-0 without him this week. The Rams are in 12th place but are only five points back of sixth and a playoff place.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga was at the heart of the Reading defense twice this week, and he was at the center of the action as they lost 2-1 to Sheffield United in an FA Cup heartbreaker before beating Birmingham City 3-1 in the Championship. Against the Blades, Miazga was phenomenal, tallying a whopping 10 clearances, as well as three tackles, a dribble, and an 81 percent pass completion rate, but the Royals fell short after extra time. That was a precursor to an awfully busy Saturday that started miserably as Miazga’s attempted header back to his keeper was left short, allowing Birmingham striker Scott Hogan to nip in
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream played 82 minutes for Fulham this week, coming off with the Cottagers chasing a goal they found shortly after he left the pitch in an eventual 1-1 draw with Bristol City. The center back was at least partially at fault for Bristol’s opener, leaving his own man to attempt to clear away a ball bouncing in the area after a corner, but failing to completely clear and watching the player he had stopped marking head home untroubled after the ball found its way back to him. Ream did have five clearances in the match but wasn’t his usual sharp defensive self, though Fulham snatched a point to remain in third in the Championship table.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
Robinson again sat this week due to the groin injury he’s been nursing since the end of the January transfer window. The left back still does not have a timeline to return. Wigan drew Luton 0-0 and are now unbeaten in six.
Johnson was an unused sub for Gladbach, who fell 2-1 to Dortmund.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
Cameron had a bad week, being sent off for two yellow-card offenses in a 12-minute stretch early in the second half of QPR’s match against Preston. The second foul was a late tackle, and given he was already on a card, the central midfielder needed to show a bit more tack in the situation. His teammates bailed him out, though, scoring twice after the sending off to boost QPR to a 3-1 win. Cameron will miss QPR’s next outing against Barnsley.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Luton Town, Championship, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers helped Luton to another clean sheet this weekend, but the side couldn’t find a goal in their draw with Wigan. CCV won five aerials in the contest and was second best on Whoscored.com match rating to only his keeper.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre remains out of the Fulham first team setup.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj is likely out for the rest of the season with torn ankle ligaments.
Jann-Christopher George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George went 90 minutes at right mid for Regensburg, who fell 2-1 to Hamburg.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Green reamines sidelined with an ankle injury. There is no news on how long the injury will keep the central midfielder out.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford was an unused sub for St. Pauli. His side played to a 2-2 draw with Sandhausen.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga)
Soto was not in the Hannover roster this week.
Andrija Novakovich (Frosinone, Serie B)
Novakovich started twice for Frosinone this week, going 84 minutes in a 2-2 draw with Livorno and the full 90 in a 2-0 loss to Cremonese.
Niko Gioacchini (Caen, Ligue 2)
Gioacchini went 67 minutes this week for Caen. However, his side conceded in extra time to fall 2-1.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright continues his in-and-out movement through the lineup, getting a start this week as Venlo were beat 3-0 by FC Emmen. The winger was pulled with a little over 10 minutes to play in the contest.
Chris Durkin (Sint-Truidense V.V., Jupiler League, on loan from D.C. United)
Durkin was subbed on deep into stoppage time as the last gamble for Sint-Truidense, who played to a goalless draw with Standard Liege despite playing a man up for almost an hour.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike again did not make the Kortrijk set up this week.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath rode the bench for Brugge, who won their local derby 2-1 over Cercle Brugge.
Phillippe Sandler (Anderlecht, Jupiler League, on loan from Manchester City)
Sandler remains sidelined after undergoing knee surgery in mid-December, but good news did come out this week when it was reported that he is in the final stages of his rehabilitation.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown went 90 minutes and pitched a shutout in a goalless draw with St. Polten. He was also named to the USMNT U-23 team that has the goal of qualifying for the Olympics at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament later this month.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Moore wasn’t in the 18-man Tenerife squad due to a yellow card suspension. Tenerife beat Ponferradina at home 1-0.
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Danish Super League)
Nordsjaelland played to a 2-2 draw against Brondby. Amon was not in the squad as he continues to recover from a long-term injury.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Cappis scored his first professional goal this weekend for Hobro, slotting home after a neat give-and-go to give his side the lead on Esbjerg just shy of the hour mark. The 20-year-old would then come off on 80 minutes, and Esbjerg went on to snatch a late equalizer for a 1-1 draw.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Sabbi started and came off in the 77th minute of that match against Esbjerg.
Samuel did not make the Hobro roster.
Niko Hamalainen (Kilmarnock, Scottish Premiership, on loan from QPR)
Hamalainen played twice for Killie this week, starting and going 90 minutes in a disappointing 2-2 draw against Aberdeen (in which they led 2-0) before coming on as a 73rd-minute substitute in an even more disappointing loss, a 1-0 defeat to 10-man Hamilton.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Polster didn’t make the squad for Rangers’ midweek 1-0 loss to Hamilton, but he made a rare showing in the starting XI on the weekend and went the 90 minutes at right back as Rangers beat Ross County 1-0. Starter James Tavernier is reportedly in a battle for fitness against the clock ahead of Thursday’s Europa League match against Bayer Leverkusen, so Polster could find himself under the spotlight even further this week.
Gboly Ariyibi (Panetolikos, Greek Super League)
There were no games in Greece this week as the league switches formats to Championship and Relegation tables.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall again didn’t make Malmo’s Svenska Cup squad this week.
Aron Johannsson (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)
Johannsson scored Hammarby’s opener shortly after halftime in what became a 4-0 win over GIF Sundsvall.
Jonathan Klinsmann (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
All Swiss league games have been postponed due to the coronavirus.
Kenny Saief (Lechia Gdansk, Ekstraklasa, on loan from Anderlecht)
Saief was a 63rd-minute substitute in Lechia’s 2-0 midweek loss to Legia Warsaw and a 77th-minute substitute in their 4-4 weekend draw against Zaglebie.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch played the full 90 minutes but wasn’t involved in either of Sunderland’s goals in a 2-2 draw with Gillingham.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Kelman went the full match and scored Southend’s opener on 18 minutes in a 3-1 win over Bristol Rovers. The 18-year-old had a fantastic first touch before burying a right-footed effort into the bottom corner from the edge of the 18-yard-box. It was Kelman’s fifth league goal of the season, and while Southend remain deep in the relegation zone, the striker continues to impress ahead of a likely summer move.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
Olosunde came on in the 78th minute with Rotherham down 3-0 to Rochdale. The Millers would grab a late consolation goal to bring the final score to 3-1.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Wycombe were inactive this week, as they were scheduled to face Bury, who folded at the very beginning of the Football League season.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes twice went the distance this week for Dundee United, playing in the center of the midfield in a scoreless draw with Ayr and a 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle.
Dillon Powers (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Powers also went the distance in both matches, and he scored Dundee’s only goal of the week with a fantastic curling effort from just outside the box against Partick Thistle. It’s the 29-year-old’s first goal in European football.
In other news, FC Dallas’ U-19 netminder Seth Wilson is currently on trial with Austria Wien. There are rumors that Zyen Jones may be back with Schalke after spending a season in USL, but it’s unclear. Highly touted left back Jonathan Gomez, younger brother of Porto’s Johan (on our list below), has joined Louisville City of USL as he reportedly tried to get a Spanish passport, which would allow him to move to Europe before his 18th birthday. Lastly, in roster news, four members of our Others or Youth Lists were called in the US U-23 team for Olympic Qualifying. Erik Palmer-Brown, mentioned earlier, will be joined by Chris Gloster, Richie Ledezma, and Uly Llanez. There’s also a U-20 camp coming late this month, and while roster news for that hasn’t been released yet, Torino’s Luca Lewis will reportedly take part (as announced by his club).
Taylor Booth (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Malik Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Quincy Butler (Hoffenheim, Bundesliga)
Maxi Dietz (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Niklas Dossmann (Mainz, Bundesliga)
Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Uly Llanez (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Mike Grimm (Augsburg, Bundesliga)
Maurice Malone (Augsburg, Bundesliga)
Matthew Hoppe (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Noah Jones (RB Leipzig, Bundesliga)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Tom Kanowski (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (Koln, Bundesliga)
Pablo Soares (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Michael Wentzel (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Leon Flach (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Sidney Friede (Wehen Wiesbaden, 2. Bundesliga)
Giona Leibold (Wehen Wiesbaden, 2. Bundesliga)
Roberto Hategan (Nurnberg, 2. Bundesliga)
Tyler Taber (Nurnberg, 2. Bundesliga)
Ian Hoffmann (Karlsruher, 2. Bundesliga)
Stuart Ritchie (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga)
Travian Sousa (Hamburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Joel Bustamante (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Timothy Tillman (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Justin Butler (Ingolstadt, 3. Liga)
Jalen Hawkins (Ingolstadt, 3. Liga)
Oliver Larraz (Duisburg, 3. Liga)
Tommy Robinson (Energie Cottbus, 3. Liga)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, Premier League)
Ivan Jara (Crystal Palace, Premier League)
Chituru Odunze (Leicester City, Premier League)
Owen Otasowie (Wolves, Premier League)
Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool, Premier League)
Kyle Scott (Newcastle, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham, Premier League)
Jonathan Tomkinson (Norwich, Premier League)
Iffy Udanoh (Aston Villa, Premier League)
Ethan Wady (Chelsea, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Damian Las (Fulham, Championship)
Augustus McGiff (Reading, Championship)
Vaughn Covil (Forest Green Rovers, League 2)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Jack Imperato (Villarreal, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Kosuke Ide (Leganes, La Liga)
Rayshaun McGann (Getafe, La Liga)
Federico Oliva (Atletico Madrid, La Liga)
Andre Costa (Rayo Vallecano, Segunda Division)
Cade Hagan (Sporting Gijon, Segunda Division)
Sam Shashoua (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Devan Tanton (UE Cornella, Segunda Division B)
Leo Sepulveda (Salamanca, Segunda Division B)
Kevin Bright (AC Milan, Serie A)
Matteo Carbone (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Luca Lewis (Torino, Serie A)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Kaile Auvray (Lille, Ligue 1)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Johan Gomez (Porto, Primeira Liga)
Patrick Leal (Sporting, Primeira Liga)
Jamie Dunning (Sparta Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Chris Gloster (PSV, Eredivisie)
Richie Ledezma (PSV, Eredivisie)
Alex Mendez (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Joshua Pynadath (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Coby Sultan (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Aethan Yohannes (AZ Alkmaar, Eredivisie)
Julian Anderson (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Cameron Harper (Celtic, Scottish Premiership)
Brian Schwake (Livingston, Scottish Premiership)
Kevin Silva (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Nebiyou Perry (Ostersund FK, Sweden)
Jacob Samnik (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Aydan Bowers (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Chris Durkin (Sint-Truidense V.V., Jupiler League, on loan from D.C. United)
Isaiah Young (Union St. Gilloise, Belgian First Division B, on loan from Werder Bremen)
Raphael Iacovelli (FC Lugano, Swiss Super League)