Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
For the second straight game, Cameron was used on the left side of a back three, and to even greater effect this week as Stoke defeated Arsenal 1-0. Cameron didn’t have a standout play but, as the scoreline suggests, the center back was solid throughout, and even though there were some worrying moments, that is acceptable given Arsenal's talent. Cameron did win two aerials on the day, and he also started the play that led to Stoke’s goal with an interception in his own half.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers was not in either Spurs’ senior side,
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman has yet to make his return as he continues recovery from a foot injury. We will keep you posted as more details emerge, but he should be back in contention soon.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams was an unused sub for Huddersfield as they defeated Newcastle 1-0.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin’s hamstring injury improved this week as he was back in training for Newcastle, but he still wasn’t fit enough to crack the squad for their aforementioned loss to Huddersfield.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem is recovering from a torn ACL suffered at the U-20 World Cup in May. Initial estimates had him missing up to nine months, which means he likely won’t see the field at any level until 2018. If there are any updates on his progress, we’ll pass them along.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch started out on the bench for both Sunderland fixtures this week and was deployed once, as an 84th minute sub against Sheffield Wednesday in a 1-1 draw. He couldn’t make an impact on that day and was idle as the side fell 2-0 to Leeds on the weekend.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Like Gooch, Lichaj was on the bench for both of Forest’s fixtures and appeared for a short time in just one, when he came on in the 77th minute against Middlesbrough. Forest would go on to win that contest 2-1 (though Lichaj came on when the lead was 1-0), but they did fall earlier in the midweek by the same scoreline to Barnsley. Lichaj did little of note in his 13 minutes on the pitch, but it doesn’t help that Forest conceded during that period.
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
Murphy was absent from both Wednesday lineups this week. Wednesday beat Fulham and played to the aforementioned draw with Sunderland.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream started and played 90 minutes in both Fulham’s contests this week, a goalless draw with Leeds and the aforementioned loss to Sheffield Wednesday. In the midweek draw, Ream was solid, winning four tackles and anchoring a backline that held Leeds to just nine shots. He wasn’t quite as on during the loss, but Ream did complete 95 percent of his passes. Fulham has conceded just three goals in four games (and played 89 minutes of one of their contests with 10 men), so it’s certainly not the defense’s fault that they currently reside in 19th.
Robinson was twice an unused sub for Bolton, who drew Birmingham and lost to Derby this week.
Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi started and went 81 minutes for Dons in a 1-0 win over Gillingham. He didn’t impact the score sheet, but Ariyibi had a couple of dangerous chances and continues to be a major threat for Dons going forward. Expect him to remain prominent in the side’s first XI.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes came on after 67 minutes and helped push Scunthorpe from a goalless stalemate to a 1-0 win over Oxford. Though he was not part of the goal, Holmes was dangerous on a chance just a couple minutes later and almost set up the scorer Josh Morris for a second that would have put the fixture to bed. Still, he helped the Iron hold on for the victory.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
The news was very bad for Brooks this week as the injury that saw him exit in the first half last week was much more serious than first thought. The thigh issue is estimated to keep Brooks on the sideline for three months, meaning he will not only be out for Wolfsburg, but also for critical USMNT qualifiers. If more information comes in, we will pass it along.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler started and played 90 minutes for Frankfurt in a goalless draw with Freiburg. The right winger won four tackles, four aerials, and had two shots en route to a 8.1 whoscored.com rating, which earned him man-of-the-match honors on the website.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
Green was not in the Stuttgart squad which fell to Hertha Berlin 2-0.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was thrown on with three minutes to play to try to salvage a point for Werder, who had just conceded the first goal of the fixture. He did little of note in his short time on the field as Bremen fell 1-0 to Hoffenheim.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was not in the 18-man Gladbach roster which beat Koln 1-0 as he tries to get to full fitness early in the season.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie continues to work his way into the Schalke squad, coming on with 11 minutes to play in a big 2-0 opening-week win over RB Leipzig. During his short time on the pitch, McKennie was fairly active, winning two aerials and one tackle while also completing a dribble. The midfielder also picked up a yellow card in his second ever Bundesliga game.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
In Dortmund’s Bundesliga opener, Pulisic did everything he was asked and more. The 18-year-old scored the first goal of the new campaign for the Black and Yellows, ripping a 22nd-minute shot from just inside the area that settled just inside the post of Wolfsburg’s net. Then, on the hour mark, Pulisic helped put the icing on a 3-0 win with a driven low cross that found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a simple tap-in. It was another standout performance from the dazzling young winger, and while he didn’t do much else of note (and was dispossessed five times, not an
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Once again, Stanko did not make the cut for the Freiburg 18-man squad, which drew Eintracht Frankfurt.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood started and played 87 minutes as Hamburg’s season got off to a positive start with a 1-0 win over Augsburg. The striker found himself fairly isolated in a game that Augsburg dominated possession in, but Wood nonetheless made a positive impact, getting two shots off and winning seven of 11 aerial duels he challenged for. He also made six clearances out of his own box as Hamburg held onto a precious three points. Wood is going to be counted on massively to provide scoring this season for the club, which has narrowly avoided relegation in the past few seasons, and while he didn’t find the net this weekend, the season has started brightly.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd entered in the 69th minute with Darmstadt up 2-0 on St. Pauli and played a part in the side’s final goal as it earned a 3-0 win. The big striker’s only shot of the game came on a close-range header in the 82nd minute which the St. Pauli keeper did extremely well to smother, but the rebound fell right to the foot of Boyd’s teammate Yannick Stark, who had a simple finish into an empty net. Boyd also won a pair of aerial battles in his 21 minutes on the pitch, which was his longest appearance yet this season.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
Jahn Regensburg got their first win of the season on Sunday against Ingolstadt, and George played a huge part in it. The winger found the net twice, first drawing Regensburg level at 2-2 in the 73rd minute with a deft header over the Ingolstadt keeper, then putting the side in front six minutes later with another excellent headed goal into the far post. Jahn Regensburg would go on to add another goal late for a 4-2 win. The 25-year-old George now has three goals in three games, but he’s contributed in other ways as well for the side and was rewarded for this weekend’s showing with a place in kicker’s 2. Bundesliga Team of the Week. The club will likely battle to remain in the second division this season, and George’s goals will go a long ways towards making that happen.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
Gipson saw his first action of the season this weekend, coming on late in a 4-0 Sandhausen win. He didn’t touch the ball during his four-minute spell on the pitch, but it’s nonetheless a positive development for the 21-year-old.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Like last week, Wooten was held out of the Sandhausen lineup as he tries to fight off a thigh injury. It remains to be seen when he’ll return, but there are rumors that indicate he may be looking at a longer layoff than initially hoped.
Haji Wright (Sandhausen, on loan from Schalke)
Wright’s first minutes as a senior player could have hardly gone better. After coming on as a 53rd-minute substitute for Sandhausen, the forward scored his first professional goal while also helping turn a 1-0 lead into a comfortable 4-0 victory. The goal came in the 79th minute, and while it was a simple one to score, as he slotted past the keeper in a one-on-one situation, it was a tally that showed intelligence and positional awareness, as well as an eye for goal. It’s these traits that have led to Wright’s rapid rise in American soccer circles, and while this was just his debut, it provided a tantalizing taste of what could be on the way for the teenager.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter did not make the Fortuna 18-man squad that defeated Kaiserslautern 2-0.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
In Ingolstadt’s aforementioned loss to Jahn Regensburg, Morales was an unused substitute.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath had a solid showing for Brugge in a 2-1 win over Kortrijk on the weekend after keeping a Europa League qualification clean sheet against AEK in the midweek. The young keeper could do nothing about the goal he conceded against Kortrijk, while he was busy and made a number of solid stops. He was less busy against Athens but nonetheless helped his side to a scoreless draw. Club Brugge have won all four league games they’ve played thus far and will head to Greece on Thursday for a massive second leg in their bid for a spot in the Europa League group stage.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Miazga was again a late substitute, entering in the 83rd minute of Vitesse’s 3-1 win over Roda. He won a lone aerial during his short stretch on the field.
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
In the first game of his loan spell, Novakovich played 90 minutes and provided an assist as Telstar drew 2-2 with FC Eindhoven. There isn’t much data or any video available from the contest, but it’s vital for Novakovich to get as much playing time as possible during his loan, and it’s certainly gotten off to a good start.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne was an unused sub once again for Excelsior in their 1-0 defeat against Feyenoord.
Kenny Saief (Gent, Jupiler League)
Saief suffered a setback to his hernia, and it appears that he’ll be out of action for a couple more months. We will keep you informed as more news comes in.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu went 78 minutes this weekend for Reims and came up with their third goal in a five-minute span that led the side to a 3-0 win over Bourg en Bresse Peronnas. It was the young striker’s first goal of the campaign, and he’ll hope to build on it as Reims look to return to the top flight.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Tall again started for Tours, but he couldn’t make an impact on the scoresheet in a 2-1 defeat to Niort. The striker went 58 minutes before being subbed off, and Tours got onto the scoreboard shortly thereafter, although they went on to lose via a late penalty.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren)
Once again, Torres was an unused sub for Lokeren, who defeat Waasland-Beveren 3-2.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale was an unused sub for Villarreal B, who won 1-0 against Atletico Baleares.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre did not appear for either senior side fixture, Fulham’s Checkatrade trophy game, or their PL 2 match.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Fossey also didn’t appear in any of Fulham’s fixtures this week.
Kyle Gruno (Leicester, Premier League)
Gruno was not in Leicester’s PL 2 squad, which beat Everton 1-0.
Klinsmann remains sidelined for the time being with an ankle injury. We will keep you posted as more information rolls in.
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore was not involved in Levante’s season-opening win against Villarreal. The club’s reserve team starts play next weekend.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Olosunde again went 90 minutes for United’s PL 2 squad, which drew Swansea 1-1.
Joshua Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Perez wasn’t in Fiorentina’s first senior squad of the season, and the reserve sides have yet to start their seasons.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Las Palmas, La Liga)
Las Palmas Atletico began play with a 1-1 draw against Melilla in the Segunda Division B (third tier), but Sabbi was not with the team for the contest. He is currently visiting Danish side Hobro over a potential move. It’s not clear whether or not anything will come from the visit, or whether such a move would be permanent or a loan, but we’ll continue to monitor the situation.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Scott started for Koln II in a 3-0 loss to Rot-Weiss Essen. The side currently resides in the relegation zone of the Regionalliga and has yet to nab a point in three games thus far.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
Once again, Scott was on Chelsea’s bench in their 2-1 Premier League win over Spurs. He has yet to appear for the club this season, but he at least is in Antonio Conte’s mind as he continues to be selected for the 18-man squad.
Joel Sonora (Stuttgart, Bundesliga)
Sonora played 90 minutes for Stuttgart’s reserves in a scoreless draw with Elversberg before coming off in stoppage time.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Schalke II drew 1-1 with SV Lippstadt this weekend, although it is once again unclear as to whether Taitague appeared or not. We can, however, again confirm that he did not score.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Tillman played twice for Bayern Munich II this week, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2-2 draw with Garching before going the distance in a 1-0 defeat to Pipinsried.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
Weah didn’t make PSG’s reserve squad for their 4-2 win over Epinal.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Young missed out on Werder’s reserve side’s scoreless draw with Wehen Weisbaden due to a red card picked up in the side’s previous contest.