With the window sealed shut, there’s little to report on the incoming side of things this week, but there are two pieces of outgoing news. The first is regarding Terrence Boyd, who will be leaving Europe and heading to Toronto FC as the new MLS season gets underway. Boyd was a stalwart on our list from day one. The attacker has never played professionally outside of Europe, tallying 75 goals in 193 games at a variety of levels at the pyramid in both Germany and Austria, but he’s struggled to score in recent seasons. He’ll hope to get back to his best in MLS. Elsewhere, Andrew Gutman has found a temporary home in USL after his move to Nashville was turned down, as he’ll be joining the Charlotte Independence for the season before joining Celtic next winter. Now that the window is closed, we’ll be ending this update for the remainder of the season, but we’ll bring you any other transfer news or rumors that come up over the next few months.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream played 90 minutes for Fulham in a 3-0 loss to Manchester United. Despite the lopsided scoreline, Ream was not responsible in any way for the goals and completed 93 percent of his passes. Still, the defense was opened up often, so it wasn’t a particularly good day either. Fulham are buried in the relegation zone as it stands.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams is back in training for Huddersfield, but he still hasn’t returned to game action, not making the 18-man roster this week.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin was far from his best in a 1-1 draw with Wolves. The right wingback was roasted more than a few times down his side and overall struggled to deal with the pace of Wolverhampton, though he wasn’t involved in conceding the stoppage-time equalizer that earned the hosts a point. He did tally three tackles but completed just 10 passes in the match.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers was solidly silent against Millwall in a 1-0 victory. CCV put his head down and did his job, winning five aerials and passing at a 90 percent clip. It seems that his loan at Swansea is heading in the right direction after a rocky first half of the season that saw him nearly recalled to Spurs. More clean sheets will help the cause.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga had a very similar day to CCV, keeping a clean
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
Robinson is back in training but has yet to return from injury for Wigan. He played in a behind-closed-doors friendly this week, though, so his return appears imminent.
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams started against Wolfsburg in the midweek DfB-Pokal match, his third start for RB Leipzig, and the defensive midfielder has helped pitched three shutouts as RB advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-0 triumph. Adams protected the stellar backline well, and Wolfsburg hardly got a sniff of the goal all day. On the weekend, he came on in stoppage time of a goalless draw with Eintracht Frankfurt.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks was on the other side of that Pokal result as his side went out to Adams’ Leipzig. Brooks was culpable, too, as on the lone goal, he allowed Mateus Cunha to sneak past him while receiving a pass, leading to a nifty finish. Brooks flailed at the effort, but just couldn’t get a boot on the ball. It got worse on the weekend, too, as Brooks made a couple of costly errors in Wolfsburg’s 3-3 draw with Freiburg. He was inexcusably picked off at the back, leading to Freiburg’s first goal, and then he slightly lost his mark after picking up a knock midplay, and moments later the ball squirted to what would have been his man, Gian-Luca Waldschmidt, who wheeled around and finished from close range. It was not a good week for the normally consistent center back.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler is back in training, but it remains uncertain when he’ll return to the field for fifth-place Frankfurt.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson did not feature for Werder this week as he remains sidelined due to injury.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent did not make the 18-man roster in a wild 3-3 penalty-kick shootout win over Dortmund and then was used as a very late sub with his side up 4-0 Augsburg in a game that finished with that score.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was not in the 18-man squad for Gladbach, who fell 3-0 to Hertha Berlin.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie was heavily involved for Schalke this week, playing a part in two goals in a 4-1 cup win over Augsburg and providing an assist in a 3-1 league loss to Bayern Munich. In the midweek, McKennie cushioned down a throw in with his head, allowing his teammate to one-touch a pass to Ahmed Kutucu, who fired home brilliantly despite moving away from goal. Then, McKennie rose highest to head a corner goalwards. His effort was saved, but Salif Sane was on hand to tap in for 2-0. Then, against Bayern, McKennie threaded a ball in behind the defense, which Kutucu
Haji Wright (Schalke)
Wright didn’t make either of the matchday squads this week for Schalke, instead going 90 minutes for the reserves in a 4-0 win over Eintracht Rheine. The development of 18-year-old Kutucu could serve as a big impediment to Wright’s game time in the second half.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales played a mediocre 90 minutes in the aforementioned defeat to Dusseldorf before entering as a 65th-minute substitute in a 3-0 win over Stuttgart. Aside from picking up a yellow, he wasn’t too involved in either, but he was partially responsible for Schalke’s second in the midweek as he completely missed an attempted headed clearance, allowing McKennie to power the ball goalwards for Sane to finish off. It’s been far from Morales’ best campaign, but Dusseldorf are playing well and currently sit in 12th place.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Chelsea)
In his first start since his summer move to Chelsea was announced, Pulisic played all 120 minutes and came up with what looked at the time like a critical goal in Dortmund’s cup defeat to Bremen. The winger was a threat all day, and with the game level in the 105th minute, he started and finished a quick attack, using his quickness to evade a trio of Bremen defenders, playing a one-two with Paco Alcacer, andfinishing neatly with his left foot. The goal put Dortmund ahead 2-1, but they’d ultimately fall via a penalty shootout. Despite his strong showing and first goal since October, Pulisic was back on the bench at the weekend and didn’t get off it, instead watching from afar as his side let a 3-0 lead slip in a draw with Hoffenheim.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman remains outside of the Nurnberg 18-man squad, sitting for their 1-0 cup loss to Hamburg and their 2-0 league defeat to Hannover.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
In Hannover’s aforementioned 2-0 win over Nurnberg, Wood was a 63rd-minute substitute. He wasn’t involved in the goal that was scored after he came on, and he missed the target with his only shot after entering.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green was a central figure in Fuerth’s 1-0 win over Duisburg. The midfielder had a penalty claim waved away when a shot of his was handled in the area, but he did draw the spot kick later that led to the winning goal when he was bundled over in the 85th minute. Daniel Keita-Ruel missed the penalty but tucked home the rebound for the only goal of the game. Green was undeniably Fuerth’s most active player, racking up a whopping eight shots, four tackles, two dribbles, and a key pass as he helped his side to a first win of 2019.
Ligue 1 (1)
It was a big week for Siebatcheu that ended up being a mixed bag. First, he came off the bench with Rennes losing 1-0 to Lille in a Coupe de France game and promptly turned the tie on its head. Two minutes after entering, the striker stuck his head into a crowd to nod home an equalizer, which he followed up in stoppage time with another headed goal as he rose highest in a crowd to score the winner and send Rennes through to the quarterfinals. His performance earned him a start on the weekend, but Siebatcheu left after just a half hour with an injury in Rennes’ 3-0 win over Saint-Etienne. He reportedly went down following an aerial challenge and went off a few minutes later grabbing his thigh. There’s no other word yet on the injury, but he’ll be hoping to get back on the pitch quickly after opening some eyes in the midweek.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Sittard and Novakovich both bounced back from last weekend’s drubbing by PSV in a 4-1 win over Excelsior. The striker was involved in his team’s second goal, hassling a defender into a misplaced pass that was in the net less than five seconds later, but his bigger moment came by scoring the clincher in the 90th minute. Novakovich picked up the ball in the opposition half and ran at a defender before opening his body up, faking the shot to buy an extra yard of space, and lashing a vicious left-footed effort that
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown was again an unused substitute as last-place Breda were again beaten 3-0, this time by AZ Alkmaar.
Timothy Weah (Celtic, on loan from PSG)
Weah was by all accounts a menace in Celtic’s 2-0 league win over Hibernian before coming on as a second-half substitute in a 5-0 cup victory over St. Johnstone’s. In the former, Weah started on the wing and threatened the Hibs goal time and again, forcing a few good saves and generally causing problems for opposing defenders and setting up a few chances that could have been buried. He was also very involved in the buildup to the opener, playing a neat one-two that ended with Jeremy Toljan crossing for Ryan Christie to open the scoring. His performance, despite not scoring a goal or grabbing an assist, was enough to earn Weah a spot in at least one Scottish Premiership Team of the Week. He was less involved on the weekend, entering with Celtic up 4-0, but it was nonetheless another good week for a young forward who is starting to make a real name for himself in the football world (and has already become a fan favorite at Celtic Park).
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, English Premier League)
Hyndman remains on the outside of the Bournemouth squad.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, English Premier League)
Scott too is firmly outside of the Chelsea rotation.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron is very close to game ready and apparently should be available for an upcoming clash with Middlesbrough in a couple of weeks.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj went the distance as Hull fell 2-0 to Derby.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Holmes, meanwhile, logged 80 minutes in Derby’s win over Hull. He contributed a brilliant pass in the buildup to the opening goal, but won’t get credit for an assist after the initial shot was saved. The Rams are in seventh and chasing a spot in the promotion playoffs.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch subbed on with just over 20 minutes to go but couldn’t help Sunderland see out a 1-0 win as Oxford United pipped a goal late for a 1-1 draw.
Gboly Ariyibi (Motherwell, Scottish Premiership, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi started and played just over an hour before being replaced. Motherwell beat St. Mirren 2-1. The youngster is apparently confident in his loan side’s ability to finish in the top half.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga -> Toronto FC, MLS)
Boyd’s move to Toronto FC has been confirmed, and as such he will be moved off the list. Boyd has spent his entire career in Europe, starting with Hertha Berlin II back in 2009.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George started and lasted 56 minutes as Regensburg were pounded 3-0 by Arminia Bielefeld.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson was again not part of the Sandhausen set up this week.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten logged a full 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Union Berlin.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau was twice an unused sub for Duisburg, staying on the bench in their 3-1 cup loss to Paderborn and their 1-0 league loss to Fuerth.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford has yet to appear in a matchday squad for his new club, which lost 4-1 to Cologne on Friday.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, 2. Bundesliga)
The severity of Shelton’s knee injury is unclear, but he’s likely going to miss another month or two.
Shaq Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore again played for Atletico Levante, picking up a yellow card and going 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Badalona.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath started in a 2-2 derby draw against Cercle Brugge. While neither goal conceded was directly his fault, he perhaps could have gotten down quicker to stop either of the two. Club Brugge are in second place but sit 11 points back of leaders Genk.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike started and helped Kortrijk to three points and a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Eupen.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief was an unused substitute as Anderlecht were held to a scoreless draw by Zulte-Waregem.
Kekuta Manneh (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Manneh wasn’t involved for St. Gallen in a 1-1 draw with Basel. There’s a rumor making the rounds that he’s about to sign for FC Cincinnati. We’ll let you know if it comes to fruition.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne remains sidelined with a long-term injury, although he has returned to training. He did not appear for the senior side but did play for the reserves this week.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Malmo drew Chelsea in the Europa League Round of 32. The February 14th first leg will be the first match of the season for the Swedish side, with the Allsvenskan running on a May to November schedule.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes started again and played 90 minutes for Dundee United in a 2-1 Scottish Cup win over St. Mirren. He didn’t score or assist but was reportedly one of Dundee’s best players on the afternoon.
Among those players already on our list, the biggest news of the week regards Christian Cappis, who made his league debut for Danish side Hobro. There’s far more about youngsters not on the list being tracked below. Uly Llanez is in Germany as rumors continue to swirl about where he’ll sign, with Wolfsburg still regarded as the most likely destination. USMNT U-17 national teamer Cade Hagan has signed with Spanish second-division club Sporting Gijon. He’s a highly rated prospect, although a first-team debut may not come for a few years yet. Elsewhere in Spain, Japanese-American dual national Kosuke Ide has signed a professional contract with Leganes. Not much is known about the 20-year-old left back, but he will start with the reserves and look for a debut from there. Ide and Hagan will both join the list below. There was also another young American training this week with Schalke as Kentucky-born defender Lucas Stauffer was pictured with the U-23 side for a practice session, though it’s unclear whether a contract offer will come from it. Lastly, there was one slightly worrying rumor this week, as someone with knowledge of the youth prospects in American soccer tweeted that the USMNT may lose out on some dual-national players this year who get provisionally cap tied in the coming months, which is certainly something to watch over the course of the spring.
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)
Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United, Premier League)
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Championship)
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Maxi Dietz (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Alex Mendez (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
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)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Pablo Soares (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, 2. Bundesliga)
Nebiyou Perry (FC Koln, 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)
Kosuke Ide (Leganes, La Liga)
Jack Imperato (Villarreal, La Liga)
Rayshaun McGann (Getafe, La Liga)
Cade Hagan (Sporting Gijon, Segunda Division)
Akil Watts (Mallorca, Segunda Division)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Sergino Dest (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Jamie Dunning (Feyenoord, Eredivisie)
Richie Ledezma (PSV, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
Rickson van Hees (NEC Nijmegen, Eerste Divisie)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Eryk Williamson (Santa Clara, Primeira Liga, on loan from Portland Timbers)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Superliga)