With the season officially underway, we’ve gotten to see which Americans will likely see significant playing time this season. As a result, and for simplicity’s sake, we are taking five players off our list for now, with hopes that each makes it back on before the end of the campaign. So, for now, goodbye Stuart Holden, Duane Holmes, Maki Tall, Desevio Payne, and Charlie Horton. We’ll let you know if any of them do anything for their clubs over the coming months.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Once again deployed centrally in the absence of club captain Ryan Shawcross, Cameron managed Tottenham’s attack throughout his 90 on the pitch. Though he wasn’t stellar, and his side conceded two goals, Cameron held his own for the most part and did not make any egregious errors common to those who aren't playing in their natural position as his side came from behind to earn an away draw. It’s only a matter of time before Shawcross returns and Cameron retreats to his favored right back
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Guzan set a precedent for American goalies this week, playing solidly against Manchester United on Friday, only being beaten by a deflection following an Adnan Januzaj shot. Beyond that, Guzan kept the United attackers at bay, and though his team couldn’t get anything from the fixture, it certainly wasn’t the keeper's fault.
Tim Howard (Everton)
On the weekend, Howard stepped up the energy and was spectacular, making multiple solid saves while preserving a clean sheet against Southampton. It was a fine performance from Howard, which reminded us all of how natural of a shot stopper the American is. More importantly though, is for the first time in over a year, Everton put together a seriously noteworthy performance by smashing the Saints 3-0. The Toffees now look to be firing on all cylinders, and if Howard can remain solid in goal, Everton could be looking up the table with wide eyes.
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
Yedlin seems to be caught between the academy side and the fringe of the first team, as the outside back again failed to make the 18-man side BPL side that faced Stoke this weekend. If Yedlin doesn’t confirm a loan spell soon, it could be a season of frustration for the yank.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Spurs’ U-21 captain had a day to forget when his side drew 3-3 with Manchester City’s academy side. Though it shows resilience for the side to hang onto a draw against a tough outfit, it’s never good as a defender when the opposition puts three in your net.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem was on target, scoring Arsenal’s only goal in the 86th minute in a 1-0 win over Fulham’s U-21 team. It’s always a positive when the youngster scores, but it's even better when he is snagging late winners and proving to his teammates that he can be clutch.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Cropper didn’t have the greatest performance, but was solid enough to get his side through the first round of the League Cup with a 2-1 win over Leyton Orient in his first professional start. It was a rough first half as Cropper conceded from an own goal by left back Dean Lewington. Lewington completely whiffed a clearance towards Cropper, but the keeper could have easily bailed his man out had he not slipped in his attempt to parry the mis-hit away. In the second half, however, Cropper kept the visitors at bay and his side was able to force an own goal of their own in the 89th minute and then win the game in stoppage time. Cropper rode the bench on the weekend when the Dons lost to Preston North End 1-0.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
After being an unused substitute in Fulham’s 1-0 win over Wycombe in the League Cup, Hyndman logged 90 minutes for the academy side, which competes in the U-21 Premier League. Unfortunately, he was on the wrong side of Zelalem's winner.
Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
Ream sat out both Bolton fixtures with a leg injury, and he may have played his final game for Bolton. The American defender is rumored to be on his way to London after agreeing to terms on a contract with Fulham following a successful bid by the Cottagers. This one looks to get done soon, so keep an eye out.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
It was a decent week for Lichaj, who played 180 minutes for Forest this week. First, in the League Cup, his side were picked apart by League 1 side Walsall in a 4-3 loss. However, Lichaj performed when it truly mattered as his side claimed
Andrija Novakovic (Reading)
Novakovic was not in the squad for a 1-0 League Cup win against Colchester, but was an undeployed substitute in the Championship in a goalless draw with Leeds. We don’t know how much playing time Novakovic will get this year, but seeing him on the bench for a Championship contest is a positive, so he will stay on the list for now. We will keep you updated.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams played in both of Reading’s aforementioned fixtures, playing 210 minutes for his side, as their League Cup game went into extra time. He might not have had a major impact on either fixture, but it’s always good to see the 26-year-old getting quality playing time.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
As he did last week in the DFB-Pokal, Brooks came on as a late substitute in Hertha’s Bundesliga opener, helping preserve a 1-0 away win over Augsburg. While Brooks was one of Hertha’s most consistent players last season, the two center backs who started ahead of him Saturday impressed, so the American may have a task ahead of him to win the job back.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
A week after his coach said Chandler would have to wait in line following a late return from national team duty at the Gold Cup, Chandler was not in the 18-man squad for a 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg on Sunday. There’s no timetable for the yank to return to the picture, but he figures to get a chance sooner or later.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Finally, it seems Green will get consistent playing time this season. Granted, the vast majority of it will likely come with Bayern II, for whom Green went 86 minutes in a 3-2 win over Wacker Burghausen, but it’s still a major positive after a wasted 2014-15.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson’s debut for Bremen did not go as hoped. Entering with his team trailing 1-0 in the 57th minute, Johannsson was ineffective, though starved for service, as his side conceded twice more to fall 3-0 at home to Schalke. He’ll hope to bounce back next week against Brooks’ Hertha side.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
It was not a good week for Johnson, as the left winger and his side struggled in a high-profile 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Borussia Dortmund. Worse was Monday’s news that Johnson had suffered a torn calf muscle Sunday, presumably during training, and will be out “until further notice,” club sources told ESPN FC.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VFB Stuttgart)
Kiesewetter played 90 minutes for Stuttgart II in a 3-1 win over Sonnenhof Grossaspach in the 3. Bundesliga. The youngster figures to be a mainstay for the reserve side while he tries to break into the first team.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd remains on the sideline as he rehabs from his torn ACL. He should be back in contention for selection within the next month or two.
Bobby Wood (FC Union Berlin)
After coming off the bench last week, Wood started and scored in Union Berlin’s 2-2 draw with Kaiserslautern. With 72 minutes on the clock and the score tied at one, Wood raced onto a header outside the Kaiserslautern box and took two powerful touches between the center backs before slotting home with the outside of his weaker right foot. It was an impressive goal for the Hawaiian as he works to impress his new teammates, which he’ll hope to do against his old ones from 1860 Munich this weekend.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
In a road win over newly relegated Paderborn, Wooten was on fire, scoring two goals as the visitors romped 6-0. Wooten opened the scoring with a tidy touch on a cross in the early stages, then added his side’s fifth with a fantastic 61st minute header. What’s more, according to a report in German newspaper Bild, Wooten’s early season form has opened the eyes of Jurgen Klinsmann, with reports saying the USMNT head coach has invited Wooten to the team for