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With a new list of USMNT call-ups this week for the upcoming friendlies, we adjusted our list of players we’re following just a bit. It’s been awhile since we had some new names to added, but Jurgen Klinsmann gave us a reason, and we have three new entries on our American Update for this week who have been tabbed by Klinsmann as potentially important pieces in the future.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Restored to Stoke’s Premier League starting lineup for the first time since Feb. 11, Cameron played a full 90 minutes at right back in the Potters’ 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. Cameron put in a decent showing with three tackles, but his side allowed two goals just before halftime to fall to their visitors.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Villa’s reborn offense struggled Saturday, and Guzan and his defense were the victims of a late goal from Bafetimbi Gomis in a 1-0 loss to Swansea. Guzan was stellar for most of the match, but he couldn’t get a touch on Gomis’s final attempt, from close range after a cross.
Tim Howard (Everton)
Howard was beaten once in a goal-mouth scrum following a corner, but Everton scored twice to get a 2-1 victory at QPR. While there were a few slight issues for Howard in the Everton net, he got the victory despite not having to make a save in the contest.
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
After being called up to the USMNT senior squad, Yedlin did not feature for Tottenham’s academy side in a loss to Leicester on Monday after watching Spurs’ senior team’s 4-3 win over the Foxes from the stands.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem did not play for Arsenal’s youth or senior team this week after a call-up to the German U-18 side. He’s still undecided as to whether to continue with the American or German national set-ups, so keep an eye on Zelalem in the future.
Regular national teamers not in the Premier League
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
In a derby matchup with Rennes, Bedoya came off the bench to play 14 minutes for Nantes in a scoreless tie. He had three pass interceptions in his time on the field, but couldn’t help Nantes going forward as they searched for an equalizer.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Hertha have been hot, and they continued their good run of form with a 1-0 win at Hamburg which saw Brooks play 90 minutes in the center of defense. The German-born American had four tackles and seven clearances as his side moved six points clear of the relegation places with the win.
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Eintracht’s defense struggled throughout a 3-1 loss to lowly Stuttgart, conceding
Julian Green (Hamburg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Green was again left in the reserves for Hamburg’s 1-0 win against Hertha Berlin as his struggle to break into the first team continues. However, he was called up to the USMNT, so that is a positive in what’s been a trying season for Green.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson played 90 minutes against German giants Bayern Munich in his squad’s 2-0 surprise victory. Johnson did little of note, but playing against the top competition is why many Americans leave for Europe in the first place, so it’s good to see Johnson playing against Bayern. If Monchengladbach can stay in form, there might be Champions League in the American’s future.
Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar)
Johannsson played poorly, amassing just one shot before being subbed off in the 70th minute against Cambuur. Alkmaar won the game 2-1, but Johannsson had little to do with the victory.
Others on the USMNT fringes (or other notables)
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman remains sidelined with a broken collarbone suffered at the end of January.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj played poorly in his sides 3-1 defeat to Championship powerhouse Norwich. The left back however, will not be too disappointed as Norwich dominated the entire game, out possessing Forest 62-38 and out shooting them 20-10, and it would have taken a lot more than an improved performance from the American to turn the tie around.
Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
The left back played a full 90 minutes in Bolton’s 1-1 tie at Wigan. Ream played very well as just one of three defenders, earning a 8.1 rating on whoscored.com, and also had a clearance off the line, but he will be disappointed that Bolton lost their 1-0 lead in the 93rd minute.
Danny Williams (Reading)
The first of our new players on the list, Williams has been a key member of Reading’s midfield throughout the season, and he was again last week. First, he helped his side reach the FA Cup semifinals with a 3-0 win over Bradford. Then, over the weekend, he was sent off after receiving two yellows in a 3-2 loss to Charlton. He was also called up to the national team. How’s that for a busy week?
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd suffered an ACL tear in a game against Ingolstadt in December which will likely keep him out for the rest of the season.
Bobby Wood (Erzegebirge Aue)
Wood is also currently sidelined with a partial ligament tear in his right knee.
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht)
Rubin was utilized as a sub for 26 minutes and scored his team’s third goal in the 87th minute by redirecting a cross from three yards out following some scrappy play in box. Unfortunately for Rubin, Utrecht fell 4-3 to NAC Breda, but it’s always good to see the youngster score.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Another addition to our list, Morales played an uneventful 90 minutes for Ingolstadt in their nil-nil draw with Braunschweig. With just 12 games to play in the 2. Bundesliga season, Ingolstadt is sitting atop the table, so Morales, who is a frequent starter, could be seeing top-flight football next year.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
Stuttgart are languishing at the bottom of the Bundesliga, but Kiesewetter is one of a few young players impressing in recent weeks. He wasn’t in the squad in this weekend’s win over Eintracht Frankfurt, but Kiesewetter made substitute appearances in his side’s previous two Bundesliga fixtures. He’s only 22, so there’s still a lot of time for Kiesewetter to develop, and a USMNT U-23 call-up will hopefully prove to continue his improvement.