The European football season is finally here. Thank goodness. With most of the continent's leagues either already underway or about to begin play, we're reverting back to our old format for our weekly American update. Here's the first installment of 2015-16's list (which is subject to change).
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Despite a tough-luck 1-0 loss to Liverpool, Cameron impressed in the center of Stoke’s defense while
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers, an 18-year-old center back who starred for the U.S. U-20 team in the World Cup this summer, captained Tottenham’s U-21 side in a season-opening 4-1 win over Everton. The England-born youngster consistently wore the armband for Spurs’ younger sides last season, and he will likely do so again for much of this year.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
After an up-and-down 2014-15 season, Guzan and Aston Villa started the new campaign on the right foot Saturday, with a 1-0 win over newly-promoted Bournemouth. Guzan only needed to make two saves in the match, but one was superb, as he denied Marc Pugh just before halftime with a reaction save from a hard volley into the ground.
Tim Howard (Everton)
It wasn’t such a good day for Howard, however, as his Everton team was only able to draw at home against a newly-promoted side in Watford. Howard wasn’t at fault for either Watford goal and made three saves, but he will be hoping for a better showing next weekend at Southampton.
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
Yedlin did not make the matchday squad for Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to United, nor did he play in the U-21 win over Everton. With the addition of Kieran Trippier to the right-back ranks at Spurs, Yedlin’s immediate future is up in the air. If he wants significant playing time this season, Yedlin will probably have to get it on loan somewhere.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Arsenal’s youth teams begin their campaigns this coming weekend, and Zelalem will likely start with the U-18s, who face Norwich on Saturday.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Cropper signed with newly-promoted MK Dons this offseason after being released by Southampton, and the 22-year-old watched his new team jump to the top of the Championship with a 4-1 win as an unused substitute. Cropper could be in line for his first professional start Tuesday in the Capital One Cup against Leyton Orient.
Stuart Holden (Unattached)
It’s been a long road toward recovery for Holden, who is still rehabbing back from his latest leg injury, a second ACL tear in his right knee suffered while playing for Bolton in 2014. In July, Holden wrote about his recovery for The Players Tribune (LINK), and stated that he is still working with the mindset of playing competitive football again. Here’s to hoping he gets back on the pitch sooner rather than later.
Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town)
A 20-year-old attacking midfielder from Georgia, Holmes was not in Huddersfield’s season-opening squad for a 2-0 loss to Hull.
Charlie Horton (Leeds United)
Horton, a U-23 National Team keeper, was not in the 18-man squad for Leeds — whom he signed with this summer after a stint at Cardiff City — in a draw with Burnley.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
The U.S. U-20 captain watched Fulham’s draw with Cardiff City from the substitute’s bench, but he may not be doing so for too much longer. According to an article posted on MLSSoccer.com last week (LINK), Hyndman has rejected multiple extension offers from Fulham, and there is reported interest from clubs in Spain and Germany, in addition to England. With his contract set to expire after the season, the Cottagers could look to move Hyndman on for a profit in the next few weeks rather than lose him for nothing in 10 months.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj worked a full shift at right back for Forest in a 1-0 loss to Brighton. The former Aston Villa man made four tackles and picked up a yellow card in the first game of the Championship season on Friday.
Andrija Novakovic (Reading)
The Wisconsin-born 18-year-old striker was not in Reading’s squad for a 2-1 loss to Birmingham City.
Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
Ream sat out Bolton’s scoreless draw with Derby County with an injury, but the bigger news surrounding the 27-year-old is that QPR are after him. Bolton manager Neil Lennon confirmed that the club had turned down two offers from Rangers, and that Wanderers don’t want to sell. This could be one to keep an eye on over the remainder of the transfer window.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams worked 90 minutes in Reading’s loss to Birmingham. The attacking midfielder had four shots, though only one was on target. After a successful summer with the USMNT following a good campaign for Reading, Williams should get significant playing time throughout this season.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks was subbed on with just minutes to play and Hertha holding a 2-0 advantage in their first DFB-Pokal fixture. He spent little time on the field, but the defender helped see the game through and ensure a victory against Arminia Bielefeld.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler was not in the squad as Eintracht bulldozed Bremer SV 3-0 to advance to the round of 32 in the DFB-Pokal. The right-back made 21 appearances for Eintracht last year, but his coach is not keen on his national team involvement and has said that he is not ready to play for the club yet. It was also announced that Chandler will not start the Bundesliga opener against against a very good Wolfsburg side.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green did not play in Bayern’s 3-1 cup win against Noettingen.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
After signing with Bremen last week, Johannsson watched from the stands as his new club defeated Wuerzburger Kickers 4-1 in the opening round of the DFB-Pokal.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Playing left midfield with intention to get forward, Johnson had a hand in one of Monchengladbach’s tallies in a 4-1 win over St. Pauli, providing a solid cut back ball in the box that led to Gladbach’s third. Johnson has become a consistent starter at the German club and he’s in line for good minutes in both the Bundesliga and Champions League this year.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VFB Stuttgart)
Kiesewetter was inactive this week as Stuttgart beat Kieler SV Holstein 2-1 in the DFB-Pokal.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd is expected to be out a couple more weeks as he rehabs his torn ACL. RB Leipzig played in the German cup on Monday, but it wasn’t the worst match for Boyd to miss, as the game was abandoned just after the 70th minute when the referee was struck by a lighter thrown from the stands.
Bobby Wood (FC Union Berlin)
Wood was nifty in 75 minutes on the pitch against
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Matched up against Bahlinger FC in the DFB-Pokal, Wooten played 120 minutes in a scoreless draw. Though he didn’t score in the run of play, Wooten converted Sandhausen’s final penalty kick to send them to the round of 32.
Desevio Payne (Groningen)
Payne, a 19-year-old right back, begins the season on Wednesday when Groningen clash with FC Twente. The South Carolina native will be looking to break into the first team this season after making two appearances in 2014-15.
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht)
Rubin was deployed as a late substitute, playing less than 10 minutes in a 3-2 loss to Feyenoord.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Facing Dinamo Zagreb in the UCL third qualifying round after a 1-1 draw, Horvath was ambushed by the Croatian side, which scored three times in five minutes in the first half. Though Molde were miraculously able to tie the fixture at three with fifteen minutes to go, they couldn’t muster up a fourth and went out on away goals. Then, Horvath was plucked off the bench on the weekend when Andreas Linde was sent off in the 71st minute. Horvath conceded the ensuing penalty but was able to keep Odd Ballklubb off the score sheet the rest of the way to preserve a 2-2 draw.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Bedoya only played a little over a quarter of an hour, but it was his run to the back post in search of a cross that lead to an own goal by Guingamp in the 89th minute. That was the game’s only tally, and now Bedoya’s Nantes side are off to a solid start in Ligue 1.
Maki Tall (FC Sion II)
Tall is a center striker from Washington D.C. who recently was acquired by the Swiss club after two seasons with LOSC Lille’s second squad. He was not on the 18-man roster in Sion’s 1-1 draw with FC Vaduz, and we aren’t sure if the youngster is going to get legitimate playing time with the first team this season, but we will keep you up to date.