Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
As expected, Adams didn’t make the 18-man squad for RB Leipzig’s Bundesliga opener, a 4-0 thrashing of newly promoted Union Berlin, as he works his way back from an adductor injury. Manager Julian Nagelsmann did provide an update on Adams’s status this week, saying the 20-year-old midfielder should return to full training in “two or three weeks.” (LINK) That timeline would have him on track to get back onto the field some time shortly after the end of the September international break, which coincides with a home match against Bayern Munich followed by the first game of the Champions League group stage.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks started Wolgsburg’s opening Bundesliga game, a 2-1 win over Cologne, and was mostly solid in the fixture. Playing on the left side of a back three, the 26-year-old tallied four clearances, one tackle, and completed 80 percent of his passes (slightly below par for the defender, who passed at 86 percent last year). However, he was one of a few Wolfsburg players who will hold his hands up on Cologne’s stoppage-time tally that cut the deficit to one, as Brooks slowed down and let Simon Terrode sneak behind him before the striker shook him off and beat keeper Koen Casteels (though the biggest mistake on the play was the miserable attempted header from one of Brooks’ defensive cohorts). Despite that one less-than-stellar moment, Wolfsburg came away with a win to start their campaign, and Brooks did little to dispel the notion that he remains one of the first names on the team sheet of new manager Oliver Glasner.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie started and went 85 minutes in Schalke’s league opener, a scoreless draw against Borussia Monchengladbach. In former USMNT player David Wagner’s first league match in charge of the Royal Blues, McKennie was deployed in a two-man midfield pivot and impressed without starring. The 20-year-old won seven aerials (in 11 tries), tallied four interceptions, and passed at 76 percent with one key pass. He’ll have plenty of games in which he has a bigger impact, but McKennie’s steady showing helped Schalke to a hard-earned road point against a contender for a Champions League spot.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
With Bremen trailing Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-1 in the 82nd minute, manager Florian Kohfeldt grabbed Sargent off the bench in the hopes of turning the tide. It didn’t work, with Fortuna winning by that same scoreline, but Sargent did make his presence known, putting two shots on target in his short time on the pitch. He should be in line for plenty of minutes this season, and this outing won’t hurt his bid for them, even though he was kept out by...
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
… a superb Bundesliga debut from his USMNT teammate. Steffen was absolutely superb in goal for Dusseldorf, earning Man-of-the-Match honors with nine saves in his first league game for his loan side. It wasn’t a perfect performance by any means from the 24-year-old; he had one bad bobble that would have caused a Bremen goal were it not for a bad miss from a Werder player, and he might have been able to keep out the only one that got past him if he had timed his dive better. Still, he reacted extremely well multiple
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
It was another big week for Pulisic, who made his first two starts in Chelsea blue and nabbed his first assist in a midweek loss to Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup. The 20-year-old helped put Chelsea ahead in the 36th minute when he took a pass from N’golo Kante, drove towards the Reds’ backline by beating two players, and fed Olivier Giroud with a neat through ball for the Frenchman to slot home (LINK). It was part of a good 74 minutes for Pulisic, though Chelsea would ultimately taste defeat on penalties after a 2-2 ties over 120 grueling minutes. That may have been part of the reason why both Pulisic and the Blues struggled so much on the weekend in a 1-1 home draw with Leicester. In his first home start, Pulisic struggled to make much of an impact over 70 minutes of action, ultimately coming off with Chelsea somewhat pinned back in what was a very difficult second half at Stamford Bridge. It wasn’t a great day for the young winger, but he’ll certainly have more chances to impress as the season kicks into gear.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
Yedlin is out with a groin injury and is expected to miss most of the first month of the season. In his stead, debutant Emil Krafth had a fairly dour day as Newcastle lost 3-1 to Norwich.
Timothy Weah (Lille)
Weah was an 84th-minute substitute for Lille, coming on to chase the game with his side down 1-0 to Amiens in a game that finished by that score. Lille’s schedule will get busy very soon, and the 19-year-old will earn plenty of minutes in the coming months.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
Boyd’s Besiktas career didn’t get off to the best start this weekend as the winger went 90 minutes in a 3-0 defeat at Sivasspor. He struggled to make an impact, missing the net with his only two shots, getting a yellow card, and finishing with the joint-fewest touches of any starter. There were a few decent moments for the 24-year-old, but he will have to make much more of a difference if he is to maintain his starting spot for a team that always holds title aspirations.
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
The milestones keep coming for Dest, who made his Champions League debut and his first Eredivisie start in a four-day span this week. The right back entered as a halftime substitute with Ajax tied 1-1 against PAOK in a tight UCL qualifier and helped the Dutch side to a 3-2 win, performing decently well in the second half as Ajax got themselves through to the playoff round. Dest followed that up with his first league start, and he went the distance in Ajax’s 4-1 win over VVV-Venlo. The 18-year-old could have had his first league goal and was a threat down the right side, passing at 91 percent with two key passes. There were some shockwaves throughout the USMNT community afterwards when he said he would consider a callup from the Netherlands senior side if it came. Gregg Berhalter should call him into the USMNT as soon as possible.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
Horvath remains on the bench for Brugge, stuck behind Simon Mignolet. He twice watched from the sidelines this week in a pair of draws, a 3-3 UCL qualifying result that pushed Brugge to the playoff round and a goalless affair that saw the side drop their first Jupiler League points of the season.
Danish Super League
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland)
Amon against missed out on the Nordsjaelland roster due to injury. His side beat OB 2-0.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover)
Soto was an unused sub for Hannover this week in a 3-0 win over Wehen Wiesbaden. There was some worrying news this week for USMNT fans when it was revealed that Chile had contacted the player about switching international allegiances. Soto has made no comments about any potential change, but it’s a situation to monitor.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood was again an unused sub for Hamburg, who beat Bochum 1-0.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Holmes still remains sidelined with injury as Derby won 1-0 in the EFL Cup against Scunthorpe and drew 2-2 with Stoke in the Championship. However, the midfielder is getting closer to a return, as he played 45 minutes for the U-23 side in a big step towards becoming fully fit for senior action.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
After sitting out Reading’s midweek shootout win over Wycombe in the League Cup, Miazga started and went the distance on the weekend in an emphatic 3-0 win over Cardiff. Playing right center back in a three-man backline, Miazga was a force in the air, winning a ridiculous 17 aerials, 12 more than anybody else on his team, while also notching an 80 percent pass completion rate. That all resulted in an 8.7 whoscored.com rating, second-best on the field, that helped Reading to their first points of the season. It was a big performance from 24-year-old, to say the least.
Novakovich, meanwhile, played no role for Reading this week, missing the roster for both of their aforementioned matches.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream logged a full shift at center back for Fulham in a 2-1 win over Huddersfield. The lone concession was not his fault, and Ream was terrific passing on the day, completing 98 percent of his attempts. He did little else to fill up the stat sheet, but it’s another solid result for Fulham, who, with two wins and a loss so far, are just a single point out of first place in a crowded Championship table.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
Robinson sat as Wigan fell to Stoke in the EFL Cup but returned for a full 90 on the weekend in a 2-0 loss to Leeds. Robinson and his side were greatly crippled by a first half red card, but the defender could still have potentially stopped both goals. On the first, Robinson attempted a flicked clearance on a cross but didn’t get the ball behind for a corner. It was collected and crossed back into the area for the opening goal. In the second period, Leeds were able to bundle one over the line right through Robinson, though it is harsh to blame him, as keeping it out would have been tough. Wigan are in the bottom third of the table in the early going.
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
This was a significant week in Chandler’s career as the 29-year-old made his first start in 16 months, going 90 minutes in a Europa League win over FC Vaduz. He was on the bench on the weekend as Frankfurt beat Hoffenheim 1-0.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Johnson was a 63rd-minute substitute in Gladbach’s 0-0 home draw against McKennie’s Schalke.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Bundesliga)
Morales got another start and another win in Dusseldorf’s win over Bremen, making his presence felt with six aerial wins and three shots (all off target). With 90 minutes in each of Fortuna’s first two competitive games, both wins, it’s been a strong start to the campaign for the 29-year-old.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, Bundesliga)
Shelton was an unused substitute as Paderborn played well but lost 3-2 at Bayer Leverkusen on their return to the Bundesliga.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest, Championship)
Ariyibi again was not included in Forest’s matchday squad for either of their games this week.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
After not being involved in QPR’s midweek EFL Cup penalty win over Bristol City, Cameron played 90 minutes in the league game against the same opponents as the Robins got their revenge with a 2-0 win.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Stoke City, Championship, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers played 90 minutes in the center of Stoke’s defense and helped keep a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Wigan in the EFL Cup, but he was absent from the league 18-man squad that drew with Derby.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre did not make the matchday squad for Fulham, who beat Huddersfield 2-1, though he did play 90 minutes for the U-23s.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
After sitting out the EFL Cup match, Lichaj was withdrawn at halftime of Hull’s 1-1 draw with Brentford with a hamstring injury. There’s no word on how long he’ll be out, but he seems very likely to miss this week’s two matches for the Tigers.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George was a halftime substitute, coming on with Regensburg tied 0-0 against Greuther Fuerth in a game they’d lose 1-0 because...
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
… Green scored a fantastic header to get his side the three points, sneaking in between two defenders and directing home a difficult effort to win the match in the 74th minute (LINK). That’s now two very good goals in three league games for the 24-year-old.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford made his first start of the season and went the full 90 minutes as St. Pauli watched a 1-0 lead turn into a 2-1 defeat against Stuttgart.
Stephen Payne (Portimonense, Primeira Liga)
Payne was not in the 18-man squad for Portimonense, who beat Tondela 2-1 on Monday.
Desevio Payne (FC Emmen, Eredivisie)
Payne was brought on as an injury substitute in the 43rd minute after Emmen went ahead 2-0 and played reasonably well as the side held that lead to beat Heerenveen. He finished with five tackles and a yellow card, and the injury may mean he’s in line for some action going forward.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright came on for the final 20 minutes of Venlo’s aforementioned loss to Ajax. He had one nice moment where he beat Dest and set up a chance that a teammate spurned, but he didn’t do anything else of note.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike again logged 90 minutes at center back for Kortrijk, who pulled out a big 4-2 win over a strong Anderlecht side.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief was not chosen for Anderlecht in their loss to Hines-Ike’s Kortrijk.
Phillipe Sandler (Anderlecht, Jupiler League, on loan from Manchester City)
Sandler was at the back though for Anderlecht, logging a full shift. However, it’s rarely a good day for a central defender when the side concedes four goals.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown still hasn’t sniffed the Wien 18-man roster, twice missing out this week as they were knocked out of the Europa League and drew in the league with Flyeralarm Admira.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Moore was an unused sub as Tenerife fell 2-0 to Zaragoza.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Cappis again logged a full 90 as Hobro drew Midtjylland 1-1.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Sabbi started and was pulled with just three minutes remaining, and he watched from the bench as his side gave up a very late equalizer in the aforementioned draw.
Yosef Samuel (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Samuel took the opposite route, subbing on with 13 minutes to play, seven minutes before his team took the lead only to be pegged back in the late stages of the contest.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Polster did not play in the midweek as Rangers finished off Midtjylland in the Europa League, but he did get a rare start and go the distance at right back in a Scottish League Cup win over East Fyfe.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall had a big week for Malmo, appearing twice, with the second producing tangible results. In the midweek, Gall subbed on with three minutes to play in Malmo’s Europa League qualifier, and minutes after he entered, they conceded and lost 1-0; however, Malmo still advanced 3-1 on aggregate over Mostar. The weekend was much more exciting as Gall started and powered Malmo into the lead with a forceful diving header which flew into the upper 90. Malmo would cruise to a 5-0 victory, and Gall produced throughout, adding two assists on top of the tally.
Aron Johannsson (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)
For the second straight week, Johannsson started for Hammarby, and for the second straight week, he was removed on the hour mark. Hammarby also won again, 3-0 over Sundsvall.
Jonathan Klinsmann (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Klinsmann rode the bench in a 2-1 midweek league loss to FC Zurich and it is unclear if he played in a 4-1 Swiss Cup win on the weekend against Monthey.
Gooch is becoming a stalwart in the Sunderland lineup, logging 180 minutes for the Black Cats this week in a pair of wins, first in the Carabao Cup over Accrington Stanley and then in League 1 against Portsmouth.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Kelman was electric for Southend this week, scoring twice in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Stevenage in the League Cup. Down 1-0 at halftime, Kelman ignited the second half when he flew into the box and headed home before smashing a second one past the keeper, all by the 55th minute, turning the game on its head completely. Both tallies can be seen starting at 1:04 in this video. On the weekend, Kelman was handed his first league start of the season but was removed at halftime as Southend fell 4-0 to Lincoln City.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
Olosunde is staking his claim as a mainstay in the Rotherham lineup, playing a combined 180 minutes in a 4-0 EFL Cup win over Shrewsbury and a 1-0 win over Burton in League 1 on the weekend.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Phillips too put in 180 minutes this week, making his first two starts for his loan side. Wycombe were eliminated from the Carabao Cup on penalties following a 1-1 draw with Reading before defeating MK Dons 3-2 on the weekend.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Dundee United were eliminated in the group stage of the Scottish League Cup and as such were off this weekend.
There were quite a few bright individual moments for American youngsters this week. Headlines must be lead with Uly Llanez, who for the second straight week recorded two goals and assist, this time against St. Pauli’s U-19s. It’s been a flying start to the season for the young Wolfsburg attacker. Also getting his name on the scoresheet was Konrad de la Fuente, who netted for Barcelona’s Juvenil A squad. Matthew Hoppe also got his name on the scoresheet for the first time for Schalke’s U-19s. Elsewhere in Germany, Chris Richards debuted for Bayern II and logged 90 mins in a 2-1 win over Hallescher. Better yet, according to one source, he put in a man-of-the-match display. Finally, Alex Mendez also debuted this week, making his Jong Ajax debut, entering in 81st minute of their match. It was less than a year ago that Sergino Dest debuted for Jong Ajax, and he has already made inroads with the first team. That’s not to compare Mendez and Dest, but Jong Ajax could very well be a critical step in Mendez’s development.
Taylor Booth (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Malik Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Quincy Butler (Hoffenheim, Bundesliga)
Maxi Dietz (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Niklas Dossmann (Mainz, Bundesliga)
Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Uly Llanez (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Sidney Friede (Hertha Berlin, 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)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, Bundesliga)
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (Koln, Bundesliga)
Pablo Soares (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Stuart Ritchie (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga)
Roberto Hategan (Nurnberg, 2. Bundesliga)
Tyler Taber (Nurnberg, 2. Bundesliga)
Max Rugova (Nurnberg, 2. Bundesliga)
Ian Hoffmann (Karlsruher, 2. Bundesliga)
Giona Liebold (Wehen Weisbaden, 2. Bundesliga)
Travian Sousa (Hamburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Justin Butler (Ingolstadt, 3. Liga)
Jalen Hawkins (Ingolstadt, 3. Liga)
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, Premier League)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, 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)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Premier League)
Ethan Wady (Chelsea, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Dillon Keane (Stoke City, Championship)
Jordan Adebayo-Smith (Lincoln City, League 1)
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)
Andre Costa (Rayo Vallecano, Segunda Division)
Cade Hagan (Sporting Gijon, Segunda Division)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Raphael Iacovelli (Padova, Serie C)
Niko Gioacchini (Caen, Ligue 1)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, 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)
Cameron Harper (Celtic, Scottish Premiership)
Nebiyou Perry (Ostersund FK, Sweden)
Deedson Vixamar (Hobro, Danish Superliga)
Zico Bailey (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Aydan Bowers (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Jeremy Rafanello (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Isaiah Young (Union St. Gilloise, Belgian First Division B, on loan from Werder Bremen)