Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Shifted back into the middle of Stoke’s defense, Cameron put forth another solid display as the Potters beat Watford 2-1. He won’t feel great about the role he played in Watford’s only goal, as Troy Deeney slipped behind the center back to cut Stoke’s lead in half late on with a header, but Cameron was excellent otherwise, recording a game-high 10 clearances and winning four aerial battles. The 30-year-old also had one tackle as Stoke moved into eighth with the win.
After a return to form over the past few weeks, Guzan regressed again this weekend, making a critical mistake for the only goal of a 1-0 loss to Swansea. On a free kick early in the second half, Guzan came for the ball, but couldn’t get there, giving Federico Fernandez a chance at an empty net, which he duly converted. It was a horrible moment for Guzan in a season to forget for both he and his side and it cost Villa dearly as their plummet towards the Championship continues.
Tim Howard (Everton)
Following Everton’s 2-0 loss to Arsenal which he watched from the bench, Howard officially confirmed on Sunday that he will move to the Colorado Rapids this summer. Whether he gets another game for Everton or not, the move signifies the end of a phenomenal European career for the 37-year-old. Here’s to hoping he gets the recognition he deserves in the coming months.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea)
Miazga did not make Chelsea’s squad for the 2-2 draw with West Ham on the weekend, but he was named to the USMNT U-23 squad for its upcoming Olympic qualifier with Colombia.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
He had his moments, but one short stretch late in the second half put a severe damper on Yedlin’s day as Sunderland drew Newcastle 1-1 in a massive game in the relegation race. First, the right back was called for a foul throw-in, and Newcastle proceeded to take possession and go right down the pitch on Sunderland, with Aleksandar Mitrovic rising above Yedlin to head home the equalizer. It was a disappointing lapse for the 22-year-old, who contributed two successful dribbles, two aerial wins, and was involved in a move that could well have ended in a goal for Jermain Defoe. All in all, it was an up-and-down afternoon for the youngster.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
While he was on the bench for Spurs’ second-leg Europa League tie with Borussia Dortmund, Carter-Vickers won’t be anywhere near the team sheet again any time soon. The young center back has reportedly picked up an undisclosed injury that will likely keep him out the rest of the season. As a result, he was withdrawn from the U.S. U-23 squad, which is a big blow for a team desperate to earn a berth in this summer’s Olympic tournament.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Zelalem once again missed Rangers’ game, a 3-2 loss to Falkirk. He is reportedly recovering from a flu bug, and was not named to the U.S. youth squad that will face Colombia.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Playing in place of the injured David Martin, Cropper had a decent display in a 2-1 loss to Brighton, making four saves. The first goal he conceded was on a penalty, but the second he could have done a bit better on, as Cropper lost track of a cross that Tomer Hemed headed home. He did earn a spot on the U.S. U-23 roster, and the 23-year-old will hope to remain in MK Dons’ starting lineup after the international break, though that likely depends on Martin’s health.
The 19-year-old made his sixth start of the season for Fulham and made an impact in a 1-1 draw with Birmingham. Before coming off in the 75th minute, Hyndman had one shot attempt blocked, played a part in the counter attack that led to Rohan Ince’s opener, and nearly set up what would have been a spectacular goal from Scott Parker, playing a nifty one-two before Parker’s effort was cleared off the line. Hyndman made his presence known without question and will have a fighting chance to retain his place after the international break.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream started for the first time since January, going the distance in the aforementioned tie with Birmingham. He completed two dribbles and won a pair of aerials but also could have done better on Birmingham’s goal, as Michael Morrison rose above the Fulham backline to head home an equalizer. Despite the goal, Ream will be in contention to stay in the lineup after the international break.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Once again, Lichaj played 180 minutes for Forest this week, serving as right back in a 1-1 draw with Hull and a 1-0 loss to Derby. He was among the responsible parties on both goals Forest conceded, failing to track Sone Aluko on a deflected shot in the midweek before letting Tom Ince pass past him to Markus Olsson for Derby’s goal on the weekend. Aside from the goals Lichaj had a solid week, recording nine tackles between the two games, but Forest slumped to 15th in the Championship table with just the one point.
Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town)
Holmes was not in Huddersfield’s 18-man roster for a 4-1 win over Leeds.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Reading’s U-21s played to a sensational 4-4 draw with Norwich on Monday, with Novakovich coming on as a 61st minute sub for the Royals.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams shined this week for Reading’s senior side, putting together a superb showing in a 1-0 loss to Brighton before playing decently well in a 1-1 draw with Cardiff. Against Brighton, Williams was one of the best players on the pitch, passing at a 92 percent clip and recording seven successful dribbles, four more than any other player on either team. Then, against Cardiff, Williams had two tackles and two successful dribbles, but he was also dispossessed four times, although the Royals earned a point from the contest after coming up empty in the midweek.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
As usual, Brooks put forth an excellent performance for Hertha in a 2-1 win over Ingolstadt as the capital club’s unlikely push for a Champions League position goes on. The center back had an 86 percent pass completion rate, won five aerial challenges, and made two tackles for Hertha, also recording a game-high eight clearances. He’s been in spectacular form over the past few months, and if Brooks can continue to be a rock at the back, Hertha will remain in the fight for a UCL place until the end of the season
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Surprisingly, Chandler made just his second start of the season for Frankfurt, and seventh appearance overall, in a 1-0 win over Hannover. The right back played solidly as well, recording a 7.2 whoscored.com rating against the league’s worst side. More importantly, the win has pulled Frankfurt into a three-way tie for 15th (though they sit in the relegation zone on goal differential) and they might have enough time to rescue their season. Only time will tell, but at the least, it’s good to see Chandler back on the pitch.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Though they scored first, Munich’s reserve side got hammered 4-1, with Green entering moments after Unterhaching’s fourth tally in the 66th minute. Bayern II sit in fifth place in the Regionalliga.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Still recovering from a hip injury, Johannsson was not in Werder’s 18-man squad, which drew 1-1 with Mainz.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson had a game to forget for Gladbach, playing 70 minutes before injuring himself, forcing a substitution in a 2-1 loss to Schalke. The winger was shut down for most of the game and limped to a 6.5 whoscored.com rating (third worst on the squad). The injury has been labelled a strained groin and Gladbach have yet to give a timetable to his return, but expect him to miss a decent chunk of time with the season winding down. Worse, the loss allowed Schalke to jump Gladbach and take over fourth place and Germany’s final UCL spot. For the moment, Johnson and his team are on the outside looking in, but a lot can change in the final seven fixtures.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
Kiesewetter was again MIA for a Stuttgart II side which sit at the bottom of the 3. Liga.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was subbed on after 75 minutes of Ingolstdt’s aforementioned loss to Hertha Berlin. The midfielder came in right after the final tally of the contest occurred and was not able to turn the tide in his side's favor.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic made his way back into the Dortmund squad this week, coming on after 60 minutes in a Europa League win over Tottenham.Though the game was a formality after Dortmund cruised to a 3-0 win in the first leg, it’s good nonetheless to see such a high-quality squad have high expectations for the 17-year-old.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim)
After making his debut last week, Canouse was left out of Hoffenheim’s 18-man roster for their 3-1 win over Hamburg. It remains to be seen how much he will be used down the stretch, but it looks like the youngster has a bright future ahead of him.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd still has not fully recovered from his knee injury and remains out of the Leipzig squad until further notice.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
Wood is still on fire, scoring again this week for Union Berlin in a 3-1 win over Braunschweig. After a chippy first half in which tempers were flaring, Wood broke the goalless deadlock by beating the keeper to his near post on a first time shot from 10 yards out following a good move from his team off a throw-in. Wood’s current goal scoring tear has planted him firmly in the third spot of the 2. Bundesliga Golden Boot race with 14, and while it would be tough to catch the co-leaders, who have 18 apiece, Wood’s success has certainly turned some heads both in Europe and the United States.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten logged a full 90 minutes for Sandhausen in a 2-0 loss to St. Pauli. His side couldn’t come out with a positive result, but Wooten has been a solid part of the Sandhausen lineup all year. However, he desperately needs to break his goal-scoring slump. After pouring in six goals in his first six games of the season, Wooten hasn't scored since and could really use a tally to kick start the final stretch of his season.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Bedoya was far from his recent form during Nantes’ 2-0 loss to Lyon. The winger completed an average 76 percent of his passes, while winning just two tackles and completing a single dribble. Worse, a win would have boosted Nantes into fifth place, just two points outside of a Europa League position (and three out of the UCL), but now they are stuck in eighth needing a very solid run in to make their European dreams come true.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Horvath continues to be Molde’s number one, and the keeper made a number of decent saves in a 2-1 win over Stabaek. Though he was beaten early, he could do little about the goal, as it was a nicely curled effort into the corner of the net. Horvath kept his team in the game, though, and a pair of second-half tallies was enough to steal the points.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts)
Hearts were smashed 3-0 on the weekend by St. Johnstone, but Kitchen was granted his first European start, and that is a positive sign of things to come. Despite the onslaught, Kitchen logged a full 90 minutes, and he should remain around the Hearts squad in the coming weeks.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen)
Payne did not make the 18-man roster as Groningen got pounded 3-0 by Vitesse.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Rubin again sat on the bench this week during Utrecht’s 2-1 win over Excelsior. While Rubin has been on the comeback trail for a while, his Utrecht side are playing very well of late, with two wins and a draw in their last three games putting the club in fifth place.