Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
For the second week in a row, Cameron was deployed in Stoke’s midfield against a top-six side and performed well, although the Potters fell 2-1 to league-leading Chelsea. Despite the defeat, Cameron impressed for Stoke, filling out the stat sheet and earning a 7.2 whoscored.com match rating, second-best in his team. The 31-year-old — who will play a major role for Bruce Arena over the next week as the United States Men’s National Team plays two critical World Cup qualifiers — won a remarkable eight tackles
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers was not involved in the Spurs side that beat Southampton 2-1 on Sunday, and the U-23s did not play last week.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch wasn’t involved for any of Sunderland’s teams this week as the senior side drew 0-0 with Burnley and the U-23s lost 1-0 to Colchester in the Premier League Cup.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
After playing in last week’s FA Cup loss to Manchester City, Guzan was back on the Boro bench for the 3-1 loss to Manchester United. Starting keeper Victor Valdes had a solid contest before a costly slip allowed Antonio Valencia to seal the game in stoppage time, but while his mistake was an embarrassing one (and although his indecisiveness also played a role in United’s opener), Valdes probably did enough to retain his starting place for struggling Middlesbrough, who face huge tests in their battle for survival at Swansea and Hull after the international break. Guzan will not join the USMNT during the upcoming break, however, as he will instead stay with his wife as they await the birth of their second child in the coming days.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
Olosunde wasn’t involved for United’s senior side this week in their wins over Boro or Rostov in the Europa League, and the reserves were inactive.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi wasn’t included in Forest’s senior or U-23 sides this week as the senior squad drew with Derby and the youngsters beat Bristol City. The winger is still settling into his new surroundings, but with a new coach in Mark Warburton entering the managerial job this week, his time could be coming soon.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj missed out on Forest’s 2-2 draw with Derby due to an injury suffered in the second half of last week’s game with Burton. The injury will keep the fullback out of the USMNT squad this week despite rumors that he was among those being considered for a call up, but it doesn’t appear to be a serious issue that will have him sidelined for long.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream played 180 minutes for Fulham this week in a 2-2 draw with Blackburn and a 3-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers. In the first, he struggled and probably should have done better on both of Blackburn’s goals, first failing to get in the way of a through ball that he tried to step in front of which led to a penalty, then letting Rovers striker Lucas Joao get behind him for a close-range header in stoppage time that cost Fulham two points. Ream was better on the weekend, finishing with a 7.1 whoscored.com rating thanks to eight aerial wins, eight clearances, and three interceptions, but he was nonetheless a part of a defense that conceded three goals to a bottom-half side. Fulham remain just a point behind sixth-place Sheffield Wednesday in the hunt for a promotion playoff spot, but the disappointing week was a big missed opportunity for the Cottagers.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre didn’t play for any of Fulham’s squads this week.
Danny Williams (Reading)
In a huge 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday, Williams went 90 minutes in Reading’s midfield but struggled to stamp his name on the contest. He did tally two shots and three dribbles, though he was also dispossessed four times. Williams also could have had a goal in the final seconds of the game had teammate Adrian Popa decided to pass him the ball as the two ran in on goal with Wednesday’s keeper stuck upfield, but Popa decided to take the chance himself and finished off a big win that gives Reading a five-point gap on Wednesday in fifth place.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich went 90 minutes in Reading’s U-23 side’s 4-1 PL Cup win over Middlesbrough. He wasn’t involved in any of the goals, but the striker did cause some problems for Boro’s back line and help the Royals to the win.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
After Yedlin suffered a thigh injury last week, news broke that the fullback will likely miss about five weeks, and he’ll likely remain sidelined until the end of April. His absence probably won’t hurt Championship leading Newcastle too much, but it will be costly for the USMNT, who will be without one of their key players for the games this week against Honduras and Panama.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes was twice an unused substitute this week as Scunthorpe beat Rochdale 2-1 and lost by that same score to Oxford. Scunthorpe currently sit in fifth place, five points clear of seventh place and five off second place.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd did not make the 18-man squad for Darmstadt in a 1-0 loss to Wolfsburg this week. It’s a disappointing fact for the struggling striker, who has scored just once since arriving at his new club in January, and his manager this week said that while Boyd’s dip in form isn’t too concerning, he did acknowledge that the 26-year-old is in a rut at the moment.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Despite scoring his first goal for Hertha in over a year, Brooks had a day to forget as Cologne defeat Berlin 4-2 with striker Anthony Modeste recording a hat trick. Brooks was actually one of Hertha’s better players on the day, winning five aerials, recording two dribbles, and passing at a 90 percent clip before heading home from a corner for the final goal of the contest. However, he was beaten badly by Modeste on Cologne’s fourth tally, and the center back will be disappointed that his side conceded four for the first time all season. He also picked up a late knock, but it’s reportedly not likely to keep him out of the USMNT’s game Friday.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler was whoscored.com’s man of the match, recording a 7.6 rating against Hamburg, but Eintracht couldn’t find a way through in a scoreless draw. The right wingback won eight aerials, tallied five interceptions and two clearances, and put three crosses into the box, although none resulted in what would have been a massive goal for Frankfurt. It was an important result as Eintracht snapped a five-game skid in league play, although it could have been even more
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson entered in the 73rd minute with Bremen up 2-0 in a game they would ultimately win 3-0 over RB Leipzig. He recorded one tackle and two shots during his time on the pitch, one of which led to Bremen’s third as his chance was saved, but couldn’t be cleared out of the path of Florian Kainz, who tapped it home in stoppage time to make it 3-0. The goal would have been huge for the scuffling forward whose future has come under speculation this week, but it was nonetheless a positive to see him in the game and at least making some sort of an impact for Bremen, who now sit two points clear of the relegation playoff place after their fourth win in five games.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
It was a bad week for Johnson, who picked up a thigh injury 15 minutes into Monchengladbach’s second-leg Europa League tie with Schalke. There’s no timeframe yet for how long the winger will be out, but he has already been replaced on the USMNT roster for the upcoming qualifiers. With Gladbach now out of the Europa League and needing a big late-season run to qualify for Europe next year, Johnson most likely won’t return to the pitch until he is fully fit, as risking a re-injury at this point in the season would be naive.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales started and played 90 minutes for Ingolstadt in a 1-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund. The central midfielder couldn’t get much going on the day, winning just two aerials and two tackles while passing at 67 percent. Even though Ingolstadt gave up only a single goal, now is not the time for consolation prizes, as they sit in 17th place and are eight points from safety.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic’s extended run in the team has been paying off for both the youngster and Dortmund as he continued to impress this week in a pair of wins. First, in a midweek rescheduled DfB-Pokal match with Sportfreunde Lotte, Pulisic opened the scoring for Dortmund in the 57th minute when he was found by Ousmane Dembele and neatly slotted his effort under the third-tier side’s keeper from a tough angle. Dortmund would go on to win 3-0, but the tally was critical for the side, which couldn’t find the net in the first half and was starting to feel the pressure on the road against lower-league opposition. In the Black and Yellows’ aforementioned win on the weekend, Pulisic played 77 minutes but could not make an impact on the scoresheet.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood logged 91 minutes for Hamburg before making way as a late substitute in a goalless draw with Eintracht Frankfurt. However, the substitution — although it looked innocuous — was actually the result of a back injury which will keep the striker out of the upcoming qualifiers. As he tends to do, Wood won an impressive six aerials on the day, but he only recorded one shot against Frankfurt’s stout defense. Hamburg sit in the relegation playoff as it stands, two points from safety.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse was an unused sub in a 1-1 draw with Erzgebirge Aue.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
Green watched from the bench as Stuttgart lost 1-0 to Greuther Furth.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter did not make the Dusseldorf squad as Fortuna smacked Karlsruher 3-0.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten was also not included in his side’s 18-man roster, which lost 2-0 to Dynamo Dresden.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Bruges was not in action this week. The club will return to Jupiler League play on April 2 against Gent.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, on loan to Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman’s quality run of form continued this week as he netted in a 4-0 win over Hamilton Academy. The midfielder opened the scoring before the half-hour mark when he bolted into the box to get on the end of a low cross, tucking it away from close range. Hyndman now has four goals in his last 10 matches, and while that’s no record, it is certainly noteworthy for a young midfielder in a defensively minded league as Hyndman continues to make Rangers look good for picking him up in January.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Johnsen was subbed on with 25 minutes to play in Hearts’ 2-0 loss to second-place Aberdeen. When he entered, Hearts were already down two, and the forward could not help his side claw its way back into the fixture.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen was also sent on as a sub in the later stages for
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse, Eredivisie)
Miazga logged a full shift this week, and even though Vitesse lost 1-0 to PSV Eindhoven, the defense did relatively well against the league’s third-best attack. Despite Vitesse being outshot 17-7, Miazga won six aerials and two tackles while passing at 84 percent during his solid outing. The result was sour, especially given Vitesse are in the last Europa League playoff spot, but it was a solid showing for the backline nonetheless.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne did not make the Groningen roster which drew Willem II 1-1.
Josh Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Perez did not make the Fiorentina roster this week.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Châteauroux, Championnat National, on loan from Reims)
Siebatcheu played 90 minutes for Chateauroux in a 5-0 shellacking at the hands of Paris FC. Clearly, neither Siebatcheu’s forward line nor the defense behind it did their jobs, and worse, Chateauroux dropped into fourth place (only on goal differential, though), which is out of the promotion playoff.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
Stanko was subbed on with 20 minutes to play in a goalless game, but it was FC Lausanne-Sport who were able to break the deadlock after he came on, and they would go on to win 1-0.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, on loan to VVV Venlo, Eerste Divisie)
Eerily similarly, Zelalem was also subbed on with 20 minutes to play in a tie game (though it was 2-2), and VVV Venlo’s hosts Dordrecht exploded for three goals in seven minutes to close the game and win 5-2. It certainly wasn’t Zelalem’s fault his team conceded three in the last 10 minutes, but he also failed to make an impact in the contest.