Tim Ream (Fulham)
After logging 180 minutes for the national side in a 1-0 win over Ecuador and 1-1 draw with Chile, Ream was left out of the Fulham 18-man roster for a 2-0 loss to Manchester City. Fatigue is most likely the reason for the absence, but the loss is another twist of the knife for the Cottagers. Fulham need to win their last six league games and get some help to avoid the drop; in short, they will be headed to the Championship as soon as Tuesday, when they visit Watford. Though he’s getting a lot of minutes for the USMNT and even captained the side over the break, Ream’s involvement is more related to his veteran presence than his on-field contribution, as he wasn’t great in either international contest.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams returned from injury this week, coming on in with 10 minutes to play and his side down 1-0 in an eventual 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace. Williams’ short time on the pitch was highlighted by a bad moment, when he was muscled off the ball by Wilfried Zaha, allowing Zaha to slip Patrick van Aanholt through for Palace’s second goal. The loss confirmed that Huddersfield have taken the drop and will spend next season in the Championship.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
It was a poor ending for the Swansea defense in a 2-1 loss to Nottingham Forest this week. After taking a 1-0 lead in the 76th minute, the Swans conceded on two headers from corner kicks in the 80th and 87th minutes to completely lose the points. Carter-Vickers was partially involved in the second, being out-jumped, but so were a number of Swansea defenders in a large cluster in the area. It’s timid set-piece marking overall, however, from the Swans. One good piece of news for the center back is he completed 96 percent of his 71 passes, which is stellar. He also captained the USMNT U-23s twice, going the first half in a 2-0 loss to Egypt before playing the whole 90 minutes in a scoreless draw with the Netherlands.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga and his backline did a good job fending off Preston North End attacks in a 2-1 win. The center back won a game-high seven aerials and a co-game-high three tackles. The Royals only conceded very late and held off a final charge to see the points out. It wasn’t an exciting performance necessarily, but that can often be a good sign for a center back, and it was in this case. Miazga also played 90 minutes in the center of the USMNT defense against Chile.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
Robinson and defensive teammates did their jobs against Brentford, but the attack couldn’t find a goal in a 0-0 draw. The left back had a very quiet game, and despite being dominated in possession and outshot 13-10, Wigan undoubtedly had the more dangerous chances in the contest. Robinson also played the second half of the U-23 side’s loss to Egypt and the first 65 minutes of the draw with the Netherlands.
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
After playing 90 minutes at right back against Ecuador, Adams was not in the USMNT squad for their second match, and that allowed him to start fresh for RB Leipzig, who took apart Hertha Berlin 5-0. Adams came up critical in the match, too, providing an assist on his side’s fourth goal with an insightful through ball from deep in his own half. It’s these kind of moments that get USMNT fans so excited about the young generation, and Adams in particular. On top of that, the defensive midfielder passed at a cool 89 percent clip, which is a great mark for that position. Oh, and he also won three aerials and tackles each, producing an engine-like performance in the engine room. Best of all for Leipzig, they are now five points clear of fifth place with seven games remaining and are honing in on a spot in next season’s Champions League.
Brooks went 90 for the USMNT against Ecuador before riding the bench against Chile. The weekend was terribly disappointing for the defender, however, as his backline held Dortmund goalless until a Paco Alcacer free kick in extra time; Alcacer would add a second, which Brooks was partially culpable for –– though the game was very stretched by that moment –– for a final scoreline of 2-0. Brooks also picked up a yellow card on the day, but he really shouldn’t hang his head. His side severely limited good opportunities for Dortmund, who had a mild 11 shots. Brooks also passed at a 91 percent clip.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler is back in training, but it remains uncertain when he’ll return to the field for Frankfurt. Great news for his side this week as Eintracht won 3-0 and vaulted into fourth place in a tight race for the final UCL spot.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
It was good news for Johannsson this week as well, who was an unused sub for Bremen for the first time all season. The attacker is working his way back from injury, and an inclusion on the bench is better than expected. His side beat Mainz 3-1.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent, meanwhile, made his way onto the field for Bremen, coming on with six minutes to go to help his team see out the two-goal lead. He did little of note in his limited time on the field.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson lasted 70 minutes for Gladbach before being removed for an attacker with his side down 3-0; the game would end as a 3-1 win for Fortuna Dusseldorf. It was a performance to forget for Johnson, who maybe could have prevented all three goals with a little more effort. The first was the toughest to blame on the right back, as the ball squirted through the keeper, but his back-tracking run could have showed more effort. On the second, Johnson could have sprinted back harder to put Kevin Stoger off, but he beat Johnson to the spot on a low cross and turned home, with the defender’s slide tackle just missing a critical intervention. Then, Johnson was completely outmuscled and turned the ball over in the final third, which led to the third on 16 minutes and the game being done and dusted. It was a really bad performance from Johnson overall, who at the very least needs to show more effort on the pitch.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie started the USMNT’s first game of the international break and looked to be on his way to playing the full 90 minutes before suffering an ankle injury that forced him out on 68 minutes. He wasn’t at his sharpest in the contest, playing centrally in a midfield trio, but the more worrying aspect of the game was the injury that sidelined the 20-year-old. McKennie is now expected to miss several weeks with a moderately sprained ankle and is back in Germany rehabbing with Schalke, though it’s a bit uncertain as to whether or not he’ll be able to play at all for the rest of the season. Schalke got a massive win this weekend, beating Hannover 1-0 to move six points clear of the bottom three.
Haji Wright (Schalke)
Wright played with the U-23 side last week, starting and playing the first half of the loss to Egypt before coming on as a 75th-minute substitute in the draw with the Netherlands. The USMNT did not score during his time on the pitch, nor was Wright involved in any major chances. He did not make the Schalke squad that beat Hannover but did serve as a substitute in the U-23 team’s 2-0 win over Brunninghausen.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales picked up an injury in training over the international break and did not make the Dusseldorf 18-man squad that defeated Monchengladbach by a 3-1 margin.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Chelsea)
Unsurprisingly, Pulisic was involved in both of the senior USMNT’s fixtures, playing 90 minutes in the win over Ecuador before scoring early in the draw with Chile when he broke in behind the defense and lifted an effort over opposing keeper Gabriel Arias for the opening tally. It was a very smart run and finish from the winger, but a sting was waiting when the 20-year-old came off injured 30 minutes later. After the game, Pulisic was diagnosed with a quadriceps strain, an ailment that’s expected to keep him out for much of April, though his timeline to return is murky. He didn’t feature in Dortmund’s 2-0 win over Wolfsburg and is extremely unlikely to play when they visit Bayern Munich this coming weekend.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman was an unused substitute in Nurnberg’s 3-0 win over Augsburg after appearing in the two matches prior. The win is a massive one, as it brings Nurnberg out of the Bundesliga basement and to within four points of 16th-place Stuttgart and a possible relegation playoff place.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Once again, Wood wasn’t included in Hannover’s 18-man squad that lost to Schalke. He also didn’t play for the USMNT over the international break. Wood’s status is slipping, and there were more rumors recently that he could be on his way out from Hamburg come the summer if his parent club can find a suitor.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green returned to the Fuerth squad and made an impact, forcing the opener 10 minutes in to put the side ahead on Arminia Bielefeld. He won’t get credit for what is technically an own goal off Bielefeld keeper Stefan Moreno, but Green was the catalyst, lashing a phenomenal strike from range that hit the post, bounced off the stranded Moreno, and nestled in the back of the net. He wasn’t involved in much else, though, and Fuerth watched a 2-0 lead turn into a 2-2 draw in a disheartening second half.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu is expected to miss about two months after suffering an injury on February 10. He missed out on Rennes’ 1-0 loss at Lyon.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovich went 90 minutes in Sittard’s 3-2 loss to Willem II, scoring the opening goal in the defeat. It wasn’t the striker’s best goal, as he was the first to react and prodded home a dropped free kick from the Willem keeper, but it’s nonetheless a big goal that gets Novakovich to nine on the season in all competitions. He also won four aerial duels. Still, his team let the lead slip away, conceding three penalties
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
For the sixth straight league match, Palmer-Brown started and went the distance for Breda, who earned a 1-1 draw with VVV-Venlo. The center back — who did not, as expected, join the USMNT U-23 side over the break — wasn’t involved in either of the goals scored in the game, and he put together an outstanding defensive performance with 10 clearances and five aerial wins. He also passed the ball at a cool 92 percent rate.
Timothy Weah (Celtic, on loan from PSG)
After starting two games for the U.S. U-23s, Weah was back on the bench as an unused substitute for Celtic on the weekend, who beat Rangers 2-1 in the Old Firm Derby. The 19-year-old played the first half of the loss to Egypt before going 87 minutes in the draw with the Dutch.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, English Premier League)
Hyndman remains squarely outside the Bournemouth setup.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, English Premier League)
Scott did not appear for Chelsea’s senior or U-23 sides this week.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron wasn’t involved for QPR in their 2-1 loss to Bolton. He’ll have a new boss for the remainder of his loan spell after the sacking of manager Steve McClaren on Monday.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj was superb for Hull, playing 90 minutes as a left back in a 2-0 win over Ipswich. He recorded four tackles and three clearances, one of which was a list-ditch, off-the-line effort with the Tigers up one. That showing earned the 30-year-old a spot in the whoscored.com Championship team of the week (LINK) alongside...
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
...the brilliant Holmes, who played 90 minutes for Derby in a 6-1 thrashing of Rotherham. The 24-year-old was instrumental in it, clearing two shots off the line in a row with the score still at 1-0, assisting on the Rams’ third with a fantastic cross for Martyn Waghorn, and poking home their fifth on the volley in the 62nd minute. Highlights of the match and his performance (number 23 in white) can be seen here (LINK).
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Sunderland suffered a devastating defeat to Portsmouth in the EFL Trophy final at Wembley, losing on penalties after finishing 1-1 following 90 minutes and 2-2 following 120. Gooch was brought on in the 73rd minute and didn’t have much of an impact, but he did score a penalty in the shootout before the Black Cats fell in heartbreaking fashion.
Gboly Ariyibi (Motherwell, Scottish Premiership, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi was brought off in the 63rd minute with Motherwell locked in a scoreless tie with St. Johnstone. HIs replacement scored the opener seven minutes later, and Motherwell went on to win 3-0.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George went the distance for Regensburg in their 1-1 draw with Darmstadt, recording four tackles and helping his side earn a point in a game it spent on the back foot.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson again did not feature for Sandhausen, who beat Ingolstadt 2-1.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten, however, made the difference for Sandhausen, going the full distance and contributing a 91st-minute winner, chipping over the keeper (LINK) to seal three points with his 11th league goal of the campaign.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau was a stoppage-time entrant into Duisburg’s scoreless draw with St. Pauli and did not touch the ball after coming on.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Meanwhile, Lankford also did not touch the ball in that draw between Duisburg and St. Pauli, but he was an unused substitute.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, 2. Bundesliga)
Shelton entered Paderborn’s fixture with his side ahead 1-0 on Union Berlin in the 74th minute. He wasn’t involved in any of the three goals scored after he came on, but the forward tallied two tackles and one key pass as Paderborn pulled out a 3-1 win, which moved them to within three points of third-place Union and a possible berth in a promotion playoff.
Shaq Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore went 90 minutes twice for Atletico Levante over the past two weeks, going the distance in a 3-1 win over Sabadell (during which he was cautioned) and a scoreless draw with Peralada (in which Levante finished with 10 men).
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
After playing one of the USMNT’s games, Horvath was back in net for Brugge in a 3-0 win over Gent on Sunday, which was the first match of the 10-game Championship playoff portion of the Belgian league season. The keeper also manned the sticks for the U.S. against Chile, during which he was beaten by a good strike that he had no chance on. Horvath was also involved in the USMNT’s goal scored in that game with a long kick forward that found Gyasi Zardes, who in turn fed Pulisic for the U.S. tally.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike again went 90 for Kortrijk and picked up a yellow card in a 3-1 win over Royal Excel Mouscron.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne was an unused sub for Rotterdam this week. Excelsior lost 1-0 to Heerenveen.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall was an unused substitute as Malmo began its Allsvenskan campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Haecken.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes played in three of Dundee’s four Scottish Championship matches over the past week and a half, starting and going the distance in one while coming off the bench in the 67th minute of two. United won three and lost one of those four fixtures and sit two points behind league leaders Ross County.
The most noteworthy bits this week all concern the U-23 and U-20 teams that played a pair of friendlies each over the international break. In their final tuneup before May’s World Cup, the U-20s came from two goals down to drawn France before beating Japan 2-0. Christian Cappis was perhaps the biggest riser of the camp as he scored in both games, while Barcelona’s Konrad de la Fuente also scored against France. Also on that team were CJ Dos Santos, Sergino Dest, Chris Gloster, Chris Richards, Alex Mendez, Jonathan Amon, and Sebastian Soto. The U-23s had less success at their camp in Spain, losing 2-0 to Egypt and playing to a scoreless draw with the Netherlands. In addition to the many mentioned on the main list above, Jonathan Klinsmann, Matthew Olosunde, Eryk Williamson, and Emmanuel Sabbi all were in that team. One other European-based player, fullback Lucas Pos of FC Lausanne-Sport, was also a member of that team. There were a handful of other notes over the past two weeks as well. Cappis made his first senior start for his club in addition to his international success, while Charlie Kelman made his second first-team appearance. Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun indicated that he is considering playing for the U.S. in addition to his other options, England and Nigeria. Elsewhere, U-15 American Evan Rotundo was recently training with French side Caen, and a U-17 center back, Michael Wentzel, recently turned up at Monchengladbach, where he is captaining their U-17 squad. Lastly, Uly Llanez looks extremely likely to sign with Wolfsburg when he turns 18 on Tuesday or shortly thereafter as he makes his long-awaited move to Europe.
Jonathan Amon (FC Nordsjaelland, Danish Superliga)
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, Premier League)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, Premier League)
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Premier League)
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League)
Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Championship)
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Maxi Dietz (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Alex Mendez (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Chris Gloster (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Zyen Jones (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Haji Wright (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Pablo Soares (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, 2. Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Andre Costa (Rayo Vallecano, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Kosuke Ide (Leganes, La Liga)
Jack Imperato (Villarreal, La Liga)
Rayshaun McGann (Getafe, La Liga)
Cade Hagan (Sporting Gijon, Segunda Division)
Akil Watts (Mallorca, Segunda Division)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Sergino Dest (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Jamie Dunning (Feyenoord, Eredivisie)
Richie Ledezma (PSV, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
Rickson van Hees (NEC Nijmegen, Eerste Divisie)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Eryk Williamson (Santa Clara, Primeira Liga, on loan from Portland Timbers)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Superliga)
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Superliga)