Big news came out of the USMNT setup both on and off the field this week. It’s not exactly a transfer, but the USMNT’s coaching “search” has finally concluded with the appointment of Columbus Crew manager Gregg Berhalter. The 45-year-old New Jersey native’s name has been thrown around for quite some time, and his hiring was referred to as one of the worst kept secrets in USMNT history. Now officially in the post, Berhalter will need to get down to work quickly after a disappointing international break. He will be given some room to fiddle, tinker, and even fail early on, but there will be a lot of pressure on the manager –– and the upper management –– when Gold Cups and qualifications roll around. After all, it took 13 months to find the local candidate, so the USMNT management has had quite some time to scour for the right fit. Elsewhere, Tyler Adams officially announced that he’ll make his long-rumoured move from the Red Bulls of New York to the Red Bulls of Leipzig when the January transfer window opens, getting a big step up in quality while staying essentially in the same family, something that Adams has specifically pointed
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream continues to ride the bench under new manager Claudio Ranieri. He was an unused sub as Fulham lost to Chelsea 2-0.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
For the second straight week, Williams entered late in Huddersfield’s contest, a 2-1 loss to Brighton. He did little to move the needle during his 13 minutes on the pitch, but he did complete all six of his passes, for what it’s worth.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin had few noteworthy moments in a 3-0 loss to West Ham. The right back played all 90 minutes and was not responsible for any of the goals, though he was caught too far up the field a few times, leaving his defense exposed, including on the third tally in stoppage time. He also picked up his second yellow card of the season late in the contest.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers returned to the Swansea XI twice this week, starting in a pair of 2-1 losses, to West Brom and Derby. The center back wasn’t responsible for any of the four goals which Swansea conceded, with both against the Baggies coming off headed corners on men he was not assigned to. Derby would go on to score a longe-range belter and capitalize off a horrible pass out of the back by a different defender. Still, CCV was the first man removed against the Rams on Saturday, exiting after just 54 minutes in a double sub meant to add attacking power to the contest. At the very least, it’s good to see the 20-year-old return to the lineup for just his third and fourth starts and fifth and sixth overall appearances of the season.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
Robinson’s injury news got worse this week as the left back was ruled out for a few months after having surgery on his ankle. It’s an unfortunate blow for both Robinson’s development and Wigan, who have used Robinson week in and out this season. The report has the 21-year-old set to miss around 10 weeks and the Latics likely to seek a replacement during the upcoming window.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks logged a full 90 in Wolfsburg’s 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt; it wasn’t his best performance, however. First, Brooks picked up an early 10th-minute yellow card (more on that in a moment), forcing him to tread lightly. That cost him, too. With his side up 2-0 in the closing moments, Brooks allowed his mark, Sebastian Haller, to get in front of him on a free kick, and after giving a slight tug back, he had to let Haller go. Haller would head across goal for an easy tap in. Still, it was a much-needed three points in the bag for Brooks and the eighth-place Wolves, who just need a win or two to get back into the thick of the UCL race. The aforementioned yellow card is Brooks’ fifth of the season, meaning he will miss Wolfsburg’s next match next Saturday against Hoffenheim.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler is expected to miss around six months after undergoing knee surgery. He isn’t slated to return until at least the new year.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson will be out around three months after having ankle surgery in mid-November.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was an unused sub this week as Gladbach lost 2-0 to RB Leipzig.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie returned to the Schalke side this week and was a 70th-minute substitute in their 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim. He recorded one shot on goal in the match but more importantly was able to help his side get back on level terms and earn a solid away point. Schalke also lost 3-1 to Porto in the Champions League (with McKennie not quite ready to return) but secure passage to the round of 16 thanks to results elsewhere.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Once again, Morales was an unused substitute as Dusseldorf lost 1-0 at home to Mainz. Since starting his team’s first 10 Bundesliga games, Morales has been relegated to bench duty for the past month, last playing on November 4, and recent rumors indicate that the midfielder could be on the move, perhaps to MLS, during the winter transfer window should Fortuna receive an offer of around $1 million for him. Watch this space for any updates over the next two months.
Pulisic played 90 minutes for Dortmund in a scoreless Champions League draw with Club Brugge before missing out on the squad that beat Freiburg 2-0 in Bundesliga play Saturday. In the former, the winger was one of Dortmund’s better players, completing six of eight attempted dribbles, making two tackles, and collecting two shots. However, one of those shots came in a one-on-one scenario in which Pulisic shot straight at compatriot Ethan Horvath from close range, giving the Brugge keeper an easy save on what should have been a goal (and was one of Dortmund’s best chances on the day). The 20-year-old was then absent from the weekend squad after picking up a slight calf injury, which Dortmund manager Lucien Favre said could also keep him out of this weekend’s derby against Schalke. In one final piece of Pulisic-related news this week, it was reported Monday that Chelsea had lodged the first official bid for the young winger, although Liverpool remain a stiff challenger to the Blues and will likely (along with Manchester United and Bayern Munich, possibly among others) compete with Chelsea for Pulisic’s signature.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Following a red card last week, Tillman wasn’t involved for Nurnberg’s reserves this week, nor did he make the 18-man squad that drew 1-1 with Bayer Leverkusen on Monday.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Wood earned another start and played another 90 minutes, but he was kept quiet by the Hertha backline as the capital club defeated Hannover 2-0 Saturday. The USMNT forward was held without a shot, won just one tackle and completed one dribble, and lost possession five times in the contest. Hannover sit in 17th place and a relegation spot.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green entered in the 81st minute of Saturday’s game with Fuerth already trailing Koln 4-0, which would be the final score of the match. The 23-year-old had one shot blocked and connected on all five of his pass attempts in his short spell on the pitch.
Matt Miazga (Nantes, on loan from Chelsea)
Again, Miazga was excluded from the Nantes 18-man squad that lost 3-0 to Saint-Etienne. No new reports have come out regarding a possible early end to the center back’s loan spell in France, but it remains a distinct possibility that he’ll be sent back to Chelsea when the transfer window officially opens in January.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
After going as an unused substitute in Rennes’ 1-0 Europa League victory over Jablonec, Siebatcheu played just over half an hour as a sub on the weekend, though Rennes lost 4-1 to visiting Strasbourg. Just one of the five goals happened after his introduction, and it came from Strasbourg, while Siebatcheu was held without a shot in his time on the pitch. Rennes are struggling in Ligue 1, sitting in 14th, but they do have a chance to overcome their poor Europa League start and advance to the last 32 by beating Astana at home on the final day of group action.
Timothy Weah (PSG)
Even with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar overcoming knocks picked up a week ago, Weah wasn’t able to crack either of PSG’s 18-man squads this week as they beat Liverpool 2-1 in the Champions League and drew Bordeaux 2-2 in Ligue 1. A January loan move looks more likely by the day, with reports this week indicating that Strasbourg has inquired about the 18-year-old. It remains to be seen just where he’ll play his football during the spring, but it looks like Weah will be moved (at least temporarily) this winter.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovich returned Saturday after nearly a month and a half out injured, coming on with Sittard down 2-1 to Heerenveen in the 75th minute of a game they’d go on to lose 3-1. The striker won three aerials and forced a save with his only attempt at goal. Now back and healthy, the 22-year-old will help Fortuna try to three-point gap that currently separates them from the Europa League playoffs.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown and his teammates had another miserable defensive afternoon in a 5-2 defeat to Groningen. He wasn’t guilty on the first goal, but Groningen’s second came after the center back had been sucked out of position, their third after Palmer-Brown had let a runner (who would provide the assist) cruise by him unobstructed, their fourth after he had failed to clear a long ball then let the shot slip through his legs following a poor block attempt, and their fifth after he lost his mark on a corner kick. Needless to say, it was a day to forget for Breda and Palmer-Brown. The team remains rooted to the bottom of the league table, two points from a place in a relegation playoff and six off clear safety.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron started twice for QPR this week, playing a full 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw with Rotherham and lasting an hour on the weekend in a 3-2 loss to Hull. Both QPR and his parent club Stoke are middling, in 11th and 12th places, respectively.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj followed an almost identical path to Cameron this week, as he went the distance in a midweek draw against Norwich and was subbed out on the weekend, exiting at halftime in their aforementioned win over Cameron’s QPR. However, Lichaj was brought off due to a calf injury. There isn’t a whole lot of news about the new knock, so it doesn’t necessarily appear to be too serious, but manager Nigel Adkins has stated it might keep him off the field this week.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest, Championship)
Despite the two-match week, Ariyibi was unsurprisingly left out of the Forest side. He did not appear for the U-23s in the Premier League Cup, either.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
After missing the squad for a 2-1 loss to Stoke, Holmes was subbed on in stoppage time in their aforementioned win over Swansea. After starting three games in November, it looked like Holmes was gaining traction with the Derby team, but that was brought to a (hopefully) temporary halt this week.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Another week, another goal for Gooch, who scored Sunderland’s third and ultimately the game-winner in a 4-2 victory over Barnsley with a nice quick cut and curler around the goalie from the top of the 18. On the weekend, he went 75 minutes in a 1-1 FA Cup draw with Walsall, who Sunderland will face in a replay on December 11.
Emerson Hyndman (Hibernian, on loan from Bournemouth, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman was confirmed as injured this week and missed Hibs’ contest against Kilmarnock, a 3-0 loss.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg, Bundesliga)
After returning to training last week, Stanko was not part of the 18-man Freiburg squad which fell 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Boyd was subbed on with 10 minutes to play in a 3-1 loss to Union Berlin.
McKinze Gaines (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Gaines didn’t make the Darmstadt 18-man squad.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George went the distance in a draw with Erzgebirge Aue.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson was not in the 18-man roster this week for Sandhausen.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten was a 53rd-minute substitute, coming on with all the goals scored in Sandhausen’s 2-1 loss to Heidenheim. His only shot attempt forced a save.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau was not in the Duisburg squad that lost 4-0 at home to Holstein Kiel.
Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford has yet to return from injury. Heidenheim beat Sandhausen 2-1.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath kept two clean sheets this week, shutting down Dortmund in the aforementioned scoreless UCL draw before manning the sticks in a 3-0 win over Standard Liege. He needed to make just two stops in each, including the one mentioned earlier against Pulisic, though his best stop of the week was an impressive diving one that preserved his shutout against Liege in the second half.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike did not make the Kortrijk squad that defeated Royal Excel Mouscron 1-0.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief returned to action this week, going 90 minutes in Anderlecht’s scoreless Europa League draw with Spartak Trnava before entering as a substitute with two minutes to play in their 1-0 home loss to Genk.
Kekuta Manneh (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Manneh was an unused substitute in St. Gallen’s 2-0 loss to Thun.
Shaq Moore (CF Reus, on loan from Levante, Segunda Liga)
Moore started and went 90 minutes, but couldn’t help Reus end their six-game winless run as they lost 2-0 to Mallorca.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne remains sidelined with a long-term injury.
Kyle Scott (SC Telstar, on loan from Chelsea, Eerste Divisie)
Scott was a 71st-minute substitute (and picked up a yellow card a minute later) as Telstar drew Almere City 1-1.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall was an 82nd minute substitute in Malmo’s 2-2 Europa League draw with Genk.
Once again, there were more than a few bits of news this week revolving young American players on our list below. After making his first-team debut last week, Schalke’s Haji Wright earned a first Bundesliga start and played 70 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim. He wasn’t too active in the contest, but it’s nonetheless another major moment for the 20-year-old. It’s unclear how much time he’ll see moving forward, but this has still been a massive week in the young striker’s career development. Elsewhere, Konrad de la Fuente also made a jump, playing with Barcelona B for the first time (although he conceded a penalty as a substitute in an eventual draw), while Bayern’s Chris Richards made his first appearance on the reserve side’s bench. Sergino Dest, who recently debuted for Jong Ajax in the Dutch second division, scored his first professional goal this week in a 5-2 win over Twente. Sebastian Soto, Zyen Jones, and Nick Taitague also all scored this week in Germany, with Taitague tallying for Schalke’s reserve side as he works his way back from a long-term injury. The U.S. U-17 side finished second at the Nike Friendlies, drawing Portugal and Brazil while beating Turkey 1-0 with a handful of European-based players (including Andre Costa, Peter Stroud, and Mason Judge, who joins our list below for the first time). Lastly, a few bits of transfer-related news: Fulham’s Luca de la Torre is reportedly a January loan target for a number of Championship clubs, as well as other teams in France, Holland, Germany, Portugal, and Belgium, so some first-team minutes could be coming his way soon. Jordan Adebayo-Smith, a 17-year-old winger at English fourth-tier side Lincoln City who is eligible for Nigeria, England, and the U.S., is a target of a handful of Premier League clubs, including Huddersfield and Wolves, and could move in January. Finally this week, news came out that another youngster, 18-year-old Rayshaun McGann, has decamped from an MLS academy for Europe. The midfielder/defender left Atlanta United to join up with La Liga club Getafe, where he has already begun playing with their Juvenil A side, and he’ll be added below going forward.
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)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United, Premier League)
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Championship)
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)
Alex Mendez (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga, on loan from FC Dallas)
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
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)
Rayshaun McGann (Getafe, La Liga)
Akil Watts (Mallorca, Segunda Division)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Sergino Dest (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Jamie Dunning (Feyenoord, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Eryk Williamson (Santa Clara, Primeira Liga, on loan from Portland Timbers)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Juan Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Jupiler League)
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Superliga)