Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Stoke’s miserable season came to an end on a positive note as the Potters beat host Swansea 2-1 on Sunday, dragging the Swans down into the Championship alongside them. Cameron was in the 18-man squad but did not appear.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
A nice surprise was waiting to greet Hyndman at the
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams fractured his fibula in training in mid-March. Huddersfield clinched their spot in next year’s Premier League with a memorable 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Wednesday before capping their 16th-place season with a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin was handed a pair of difficult tasks in the final week of Newcastle’s season, starting at right back against both his former club Tottenham and Chelsea and going 90 minutes in each. All things considered, the 24-year-old acquitted himself quite well as the Magpies lost 1-0 to Spurs at Wembley before drubbing Chelsea 3-0 to end the campaign. Against Spurs, his performance was somewhat subdued. Yedlin could maybe have prevented Tottenham’s only goal if he’d been a split-second quicker to close down Harry Kane early in the second half (although he didn’t do anything wrong defensively) and he didn’t make too much of an impact going forward while picking up a yellow card. On Sunday, however, the right back was much better, helping shut down Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and putting in a steady display that included three interceptions and two clearances as Newcastle finished the season with a clean sheet and a 10th-place finish to boot.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem is recovering from a torn ACL suffered at the U-20 World Cup in May. Initial estimates had him missing up to nine months. He looks to be on the road to recovery, and he has returned to training for Arsenal. However, Zelalem recently confirmed via social media that he won’t play in any official matches until next season begins.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Ipswich Town, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Ipswich Town’s season ended last week. The Tractor Boys finished in 12th place. Carter-Vickers played in 34 Championship games this season — 17 during his first-half loan to Sheffield United and 17 at Ipswich — and tallied a goal and two assists, all with Sheffield. With his Tottenham future up in the air, the 20-year-old will be one of the more interesting USMNT players to follow in the upcoming transfer window.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre did not appear in either leg of Fulham’s Championship playoff tie with Derby.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream, however, did appear in both games, and he’s a big part of the reason why Fulham will play in the promotion playoff final on May 26. The center back doesn’t usually generate headlines, and he didn’t in either fixture, but he went about his business effectively as Fulham overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit with a 2-0 second-leg win to book their trip to Wembley. In the first game, a 1-0 defeat at Pride Park, Ream could have done nothing about Derby’s goal, and he collected four interceptions, three clearances, one successful dribble, and a cool 93 percent pass accuracy (with one key pass). In Monday’s second leg at Craven Cottage, Ream was again excellent, helping Fulham to the 2-0 win they needed to go through while tallying five clearances, two interceptions, and an 81 percent pass completion rate. He might not get the recognition that comes to his center-back partner, Denis Odoi, who headed home the winner, but Ream was no less instrumental in the win that puts Fulham on the doorstep of the Premier League.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Sunderland’s season ended last week. The Black Cats finished the season at the bottom of the Championship table and will spend next year in League 1. Gooch played in 24 Championship games — 12 as a starter, 12 as a substitute — and recorded one goal and three assists. There are questions about whether or not he’ll remain with Sunderland as they drop to the third tier next season, but Gooch did indicate in an interview this week that he could stay at the club and look to build on what was a decent individual campaign despite Sunderland’s struggles.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Nottingham Forest’s season ended last week. Forest finished in 17th place. Lichaj made 23 league appearances (22 starts) and scored one goal (in addition to the two he notched in a memorable FA Cup win over Arsenal).
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi didn’t play in the Forest U-23 side that lost 2-1 in the Professional Development League playoff final to Crystal Palace. It was a difficult season for the winger — who scored just three times in 34 League 1 games between two loans, with MK Dons and Northampton Town — and there might be more challenges in his future as Forest boss Aitor Karanka said this week that another loan could be a boon for Ariyibi. His status will also be a storyline to watch in the summer.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
Bolton’s season ended last week. The Trotters finished in 21st place, surviving the drop thanks to two goals in the final 10 minutes of their season finale. Robinson had a breakout loan spell, playing 30 games (starting 26) and tallying four assists from his left-back position. Another temporary move away from Everton could be on the cards next season for the 20-year-old, but he’ll hope he can catch the eye of whoever is in charge at Goodison Park this summer and earn a first-team spot.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes didn’t get himself onto the scoresheet in Scunthorpe’s 2-2 promotion playoff first-leg draw with Rotherham, but he was instrumental in the match. The winger forced an own goal that tied the game at one in the first half with a chip (that may have been going wide before a defender’s attempted clearance put it into the net --video starts at 22 seconds here) before nearly equalizing again in the second with a tackle and shot that forced a good save. Then, with a possibly season-ending 2-1 defeat staring them in the face, the Iron did draw level after Holmes’ long throw pinballed around in the area long enough for Cameron McGeehan to force it home. He wasn’t directly responsible for either goal, but neither would have happened without Holmes. Scunthorpe will need to win or play a high-scoring draw in Wednesday’s second leg to advance to the playoff final.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks had a relatively quiet game for Wolfsburg in a massive 4-1 win over Cologne. Brooks had no part in his team’s goals and was hardly responsible for the one conceded, which came from a filthy spin and chip finish from Jonas Hector. While the other 17 Bundesliga teams have all concluded their seasons, Wolfsburg still has one huge game to play. The win allowed them to edge Hamburg and finish their miserable season in 16th place, earning a spot in the relegation playoff, where they have two legs against Holstein Kiel to save their skins. Now more than ever is when Brooks needs to step up. After all, he left Hertha Berlin in the summer in search of more money in a move that has completely backfired. His spot in the Bundesliga is now on the line.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler was not in the 18-man squad at the Veltins arena as Frankfurt fell 1-0 to Schalke to finish the Bundesliga campaign in eighth place. However, their season isn’t over either with a DfB-Pokal final coming up next weekend against Bayern Munich.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was ruled out for the season a couple of weeks ago, so he sat for their final match, a 2-1 win over Mainz. Bremen finished 11th on the season. The future is surely murky for Johannsson, who got little run until a mid-season coaching change. Who knows what 2018-19 has in store for the forward?
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson finished the season outside the 18-man roster again in a 2-1 loss to Hamburg. Gladbach finished the season ninth. At 30, Johnson could be getting to the downslope of his career. Next year is certainly critical to the high-energy winger.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie had a solid performance to close out the year, playing 90 minutes for Schalke in their aforementioned win over Chandler’s Frankfurt. He passed at an 85 percent clip and won three tackles on the day. Schalke wrapped up the season in second place; McKennie will have a shot at playing Champions League football next season.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
The other young American Bundesliga starlet also finished his season, on a solid note although Dortmund lost 3-1 to Hoffenheim. Pulisic completed four dribbles on the day and equalled McKennie’s 85 percent passing clip. Pulisic too will be competing for spots in midweek UCL games next year as Dortmund finished fourth on goal differential, nicking Bayer Leverkusen by three goals.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
To little surprise, Stanko did not make his return from injury in the final game of the season. Freiburg finished 15th, barely surviving the drop.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood had a hugely disappointing end to the season on both a personal and team level. With his side up 2-1 and needing a win to have any shot of staying in the Bundesliga, Wood was sent off for an obvious second yellow-card offense with a late challenge. His teammates shut the door for him and saw out their 2-1 victory, but results in Wolfsburg confirmed Hamburg’s worst fears as they ended up taking the drop for the first time in history. They are the last Bundesliga side who started in the inaugural season to be relegated.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd played the final 10 minutes for Darmstadt, during which they found a winner to beat Erzgebirge Aue 1-0. He wasn’t involved in the goal as Darmstadt finished the season in 10th.
McKinze Gaines (Darmstadt)
Gaines was unsurprisingly not involved for Darmstadt this week.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
George went the distance in Regensburg’s final game of the season, a 1-1 draw with Bochum. There were 35 shots in the wild contest, of which George had three, and he also took six corners. Regensburg finished up in fifth.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
Gipson suffered a broken leg in training over Sandhausen’s winter break during a collision with a teammate. He missed the entire second half of the season as Sandhausen finished 11th.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten, however, was on the bench for Sandhausen’s finale, a goalless draw with Arminia Bielefeld.
Haji Wright (Sandhausen, on loan from Schalke)
Wright was not in the 18-man roster for Sandhausen.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, on loan from Stuttgart)
Green started and played an absolutely massive role in keeping Greuther Fuerth from getting relegated. Starting at forward, Green made good on a chance early in the second half with a beautifully curled long-range effort that put Fuerth up 1-0. It was a masterful strike, to say the least, and of the most important of the team’s season. The game with Heidenheim would end in a 1-1 draw, but one fewer point would have seen Fuerth finish two spots lower and be relegated. Instead, Greuther are safe as Green heads back to Stuttgart, at least for now. He could realistically be in either of the top two divisions in Germany next year.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter missed the 18 again this week as Dusseldorf won the league on one of the last kicks of the season. Their winner over would-be champions Nuremberg came in the 91st minute. Both teams had already secured promotion, but it's surely a big morale boost as Fortuna embarks on something much larger than this year.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt -> Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Someone who will be a part of that Fortuna future is Morales, who signed with Dusseldorf on Tuesday after he and Ingolstadt parted ways this week. It’s unclear where his next stop will be, but a return to the Bundesliga would certainly be a positive step for the midfielder. Ingolstadt lost 3-1 to Eintracht Braunschweig and finished ninth.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
At the end of what had quickly become a lost season for Horvath was a week to savor. The keeper returned to the Brugge starting lineup after Vladimir Gabulov was benched and played 180 minutes in a 3-1 win over Sporting Charleroi and a 1-1 draw with Standard Liege, the latter of which clinched the league title for Brugge. The goals he allowed weren’t egregious; the first was a penalty, and the second a difficult header after Horvath had punched away an initial header from a corner. He perhaps could have pushed the rebound further from the pack, but that would have been a tough ask. Regardless, it was an excellent ending to a disappointing campaign overall for Horvath; what comes next for the 22-year-old keeper is anyone’s guess.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Miazga played in both legs of Vitesse’s Europa League playoff triumph over ADO Den Haag. The center back had a game to forget in the opening match, but his teammates made up for two blunders that might have otherwise cost Vitesse in what was ultimately a 5-2 road win. Early in the second half with his side up 4-0, Miazga clumsily tangled with a Den Haag attacker on a corner kick, and although it might be considered harsh, the referee gave a penalty nonetheless. There were no such excuses on his other mistake, a weak failed clearance that instead teed up Den Haag’s second goal in the 82nd minute, but the damage had been done by Vitesse’s front men long before. Miazga did tally 12 clearances in the match. The second leg was far less exciting, and that was a good thing for Miazga, but for the second game in a row, one poor clearance marred the nine that he did record. Den Haag’s only goal came from a poor header that Miazga failed to get out of his team’s penalty area. Still, Vitesse won 2-1 and eased into the final round of the
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore started and played 90 minutes again as Levante’s reserves beat CF Orihuela 1-0 in a pivotal contest. What’s more, he recorded the assist on the game’s only goal, charging forward and putting a low cross right onto the foot of teammate Alex Cortell (play starts at 2:45 of this video — beware the awful music in the background). Levante’s B squad will now play for promotion to the Segunda Division B (the third level of the Spanish football system). Considering that Levante’s senior side also ended Barcelona’s bid for an invincible season with a thrilling 5-4 victory, it was a good week all around for Moore and his entire club.
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Novakovich scored once in each of Telstar’s promotion playoff legs against De Graafschap, but the season ended in heartbreak as the side fell 6-5 on aggregate. In the first leg on Thursday, Novakovich put Telstar two goals ahead when he sprung forward from his own box following a corner kick and sprinted almost the entire length of the field before beating one defender and slotting past the keeper from a tough angle. It was a very impressive goal, one that looked like it had put Telstar on solid footing, but by the time he found the net again, the situation was very different. De Graafschap battled back to eventually lose 3-2 in the first game and led 3-1 in the second when Novakovich calmly converted a penalty to even the score in the 75th minute. However, Telstar conceded again a few minutes later as their unexpectedly good season came to an end. It’s a disappointing finish to an excellent first senior season for Novakovich; he’ll look to build on it again next season no matter where he plays, be it Reading, Telstar, or somewhere else entirely.
Erik Palmer-Brown (KV Kortrijk, on loan from Manchester City, Jupiler League)
Palmer-Brown again featured for Kortrijk, twice playing as a center back in a 1-1 draw with Royal Excel Mouscron and a 2-0 win over Oud-Heverlee. Highlights are proving difficult to find, but the defender will be satisfied with the results as Kortrijk secured a second-place finish in their Europa League playoff group (although that doesn’t mean anything). It’ll be interesting to see where Palmer-Brown is next season; another loan away from Manchester City seems like a safe bet.
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Parks was a stoppage-time substitute for Benfica’s senior side in a season-ending 1-0 win over Moreirense that secured second place and Champions League football next season. After appearing four times for the senior team this season, the 20-year-old Parks will try to impress in the summer in the hopes of winning a more permanent squad place next year.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne is still recovering from an abdominal injury that kept him out for the end of 2017. He still hasn’t returned to the Excelsior side.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, on loan from Gent, Jupiler League)
Both Saief individually and Anderlecht as a team had a miserable week. The team lost 3-1 to Standard Liege and 1-0 to Gent, and Saief was barely involved despite starting both games. In the first, he picked up a knock and was subbed at halftime with the game still scoreless. He was deemed fit enough to start the second, but he left after just 15 minutes against his parent club due to another injury. The bad results mean that Anderlecht needs to beat Genk in their season finale this weekend if they’re to play in the Europa League next year. Whether Saief is able to help in that quest remains to be seen.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu scored the final goal of Reims’ season, putting them ahead 2-1 in a game that finished in a 2-2 draw with fellow promoted side Nimes. In the 62nd minute, the striker took a centering pass, swiveled, and arrowed home his 17th goal of the season. Reims would concede late to fall to a draw, but it doesn’t matter; they’re heading up to Ligue 1 as second division champions.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Tall was a 57th-minute substitute in a 2-0 loss to Le Havre. Like Reims, Tours had their fate decided long ago; they’re heading down to the Championnat National. What’s next for Tall remains unclear.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Jupiler League)
Torres didn’t feature as Lokeren won twice, beating Beerschot-Wilrijk 4-2 and Oostende 3-1. Lokeren will face Zulte-Waregem in a Europa League playoff semifinal.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
Weah did not make the 18-man squad that beat third-tier side Les Herbiers 2-0 in the Coupe de France final, and he was an unused substitute as PSG lost 2-0 to Rennes in Ligue 1. With one more game left, it’s still possible that Weah could make another cameo appearance for the French champions before the season is out.
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Klinsmann did not play for Hertha this week.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Sargent also did not play for Bremen’s reserve side.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Meanwhile, Young made his typical substitute appearance for Bremen II, again coming on at halftime for Bremen II.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Scott was an unused sub for Koln II.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Taitague made the bench but did not appear for Schalke’s U-19s.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
After seeing red last week, Tillman was suspended for Bayern II’s match on the weekend.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Fulham’s youth teams have concluded their seasons.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
United’s youth teams have concluded their seasons.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
Scott didn’t appear for any of Chelsea’s squads this week.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
It’s unclear if Villarreal appeared for Villarreal’s C team, but he did not play for their reserve or senior sides.
Joshua Perez (Livorno Calcio, Lega Pro, on loan from Fiorentina)
Perez came on with his side down 3-1 in the 54th minute of Livorno’s match with Padova, which ended in a 5-1 defeat. Despite the loss, Livorno is heading to the second division next season.