With the season winding down, things are starting to settle down a bit. Teams are securing European places and safety, and others are heading out of the top flight. Meanwhile, we're also getting some clarity on the future of some players, and this week, that included American legend Brad Friedel. The keeper, who hasn't played for Tottenham this season, announced that he will retire after the season and will move into a broadcasting role with FOX Sports and an ambassadorial role with Spurs. With just one week left, Friedel could see action this
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
In a scoreless draw at Burnley, Cameron was one of the best players on the pitch. Though the man to his left, Ryan Shawcross, was named man of the match on Whoscored.com, Cameron and Shawcross both earned 8.4 ratings as Stoke kept a second straight clean sheet. Cameron had a game-high seven tackles, three more than the next closest player, and also led his side with four clearances.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Once again, Guzan was not selected as Aston Villa traveled to Southampton. However, it was a brutal day at the office for Shay Given, as the Irishman gave up six goals — though most were the result of awful Villa defending — in a 6-1 defeat.
Tim Howard (Everton)
Despite allowing the first goal, Howard watched his teammates storm from behind to win 2-1 at West Ham in the penultimate weekend of Premier League football. The opener wasn’t Howard’s fault, though, as Stewart Downing clinically finished low to the far post from inside the area.
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
Yedlin was again an unused substitute as Tottenham defeated Hull 2-0.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Though he didn’t play for Arsenal’s youth side in their season finale, Zelalem had an important week nonetheless. Last Wednesday, FIFA cleared Zelalem to play for the United States. He was immediately added to the U-20 World Cup roster and will play for the USMNT in the competition, which begins May 30 in New Zealand.
Regular national teamers not in the Premier League
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Bedoya was out with an injury as Nantes drew 1-1 with Lorient.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
A week after leaving with an injury, Brooks was back to his old self for Hertha, playing 90 minutes in a scoreless draw with Timothy Chandler’s Eintracht side. Brooks had one tackle and two shots off target for Hertha, who sit in 13th but still haven’t secured Bundesliga safety.
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
As previously mentioned, Eintracht and Hertha played to a nil-nil draw. Like his counterpart on the other side, Chandler wasn’t fantastic, but he did enough for Frankfurt to earn a road tie. All in all, this one was about as good as Jurgen Klinsmann could have hoped for as two of his defenders helped keep clean sheets.
Julian Green (Hamburg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
As has been the case every week since the winter break, Green was not selected in the Hamburg side.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
The winger was fairly unproductive in a 2-0 win at Werder Bremen. Much more importantly, however, Gladbach locked up at least third place in the Bundesliga, giving them direct qualification to the UCL group stage. We look forward to seeing Johnson on European nights next year.
Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar)
Johannsson saved his best game of the season for last in a 4-1 win over Excelsior. The striker brought his shooting boots and it showed early when he biked home from short range in the fourth minute. He then added an assist a minute later to put his side up 2-0. He wasn’t content with that however, and added his second and Alkmaar’s fourth goal in the 57th minute with a header. The forward is in sizzling form, and his play over the last two weeks has directly
Others on the USMNT fringes (or other notables)
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
The Championship season wrapped up on May 2, with Hyndman’s Fulham team finishing in 17th.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
The Championship season wrapped up on May 2, with Lichaj’s Nottingham Forest team finishing in 14th.
Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
The Championship season wrapped up on May 2, with Ream’s Bolton side finishing in 18th.
Danny Williams (Reading)
The Championship season wrapped up on May 2, with Williams’ Reading side finishing in 19th.
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 (Erzgebirge Aue)
Wood played ninety minutes in a massive fixture for Erzgebirge as they try to fight out of the relegation zone. The game ended in a 0-0 draw and Wood did little of note, but his side need at least a point on the last day to have a chance to avoid being relegated directly. Hopefully, his run of selections continue, as it would be nice to see Wood in a big-game situation.
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht)
The forward played an average game against Vitesse in a 3-3 draw. It’s good to see his side's offense be prolific, but the Yank was unable to get a goal or assist of his own. It was the final game in the Eredivisie, so we will check back into with Rubin next year.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was subbed on in the 39th minute with his side down 1-0 to RB Leipzig. But in the time he was on the field, Ingolstadt were able to regroup and win the game 2-1 to win the 2. Bundesliga and secure promotion to the top flight. Morales was a mainstay for Ingolstadt this year, so he should get some solid playing time following the promotion.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
Kiesewetter received his first action in two months, playing 24 minutes for Stuttgart II in a goalless draw with Osnabruck. He didn’t do much, but it’s good to 22 year-old get a chance to impress before the end of the season.