With the release of Gregg Berhalter’s 40-man preliminary Gold Cup roster came a welcome shock for USMNT fans. US Soccer announced that winger Tyler Boyd had seen his request to switch FIFA affiliations approved, with the New Zealand-born winger officially becoming a USMNT player in FIFA’s eyes. It’s fantastic news as the player pool gains a shifty, talented winger who has been playing extremely well this season while on loan for Turkish side Ankaragucu from Portuguese club Vitoria de Guimaraes. The 24-year-old celebrated the USMNT call up that followed his switch of allegiance with a
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Fulham didn’t play after completing their season last week. The Cottagers finished the season in 19th place and were relegated. Ream played in 27 games (26 starts) for Fulham, and despite being a defender, he only picked up one yellow card on the year. There were some highlights in Ream’s season, but it was a down year in truth, with Fulham conceding a league-high 81 goals. It’s back to the Championship for Ream. Still, he was named to Gregg Berhalther’s 40-man provisional squad for the Gold Cup. He has been a veteran presence for a young team in recent USMNT camps and should provide the same leadership once again this summer.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Huddersfield didn’t play after completing their season last week. The Terriers finished the season in dead last, 20th place, and were relegated. Williams played in six games (two starts) for Huddersfield, with injuries wrecking his season. His future is far from clear, as the midfielder is set to become a free agent in July.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Newcastle didn’t play after completing their season last week. The Magpies finished the season in 13th place. Yedlin played in 29 games (28 starts) for Newcastle, but the attacking outside back only produced a single goal and two assists. The season didn’t end great, either, as Yedlin was in and out of Rafa Benitez’s’ lineup before injuring his groin in early May, an injury which required surgery and will cause him to miss the Gold Cup.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
The Swans finished the season in 10th place. Carter-Vickers played in 30 games (23 starts) for Swansea and finished the campaign with a 91.6 percent pass completion rate, best in the Championship. Carter-Vickers was named to the provisional Gold Cup squad.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
The Royals finished the year in 20th place. Miazga made 18 starts after joining Reading on loan in the winter transfer window, during which time the Royals made significant improvements to ultimately move away from danger. Miazga is headed to USMNT camp for the Gold Cup.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
The Latics finished in 18th place. Robinson was excellent over the course of the season, starting 26 games (he missed a chink of the campaign due to injury), providing one assist, and helping Wigan maintain their spot in the Championship. Robinson makes it three-for-three on Championship players on the early Gold Cup roster.
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
It was good news for Adams this week as he came back from injury, starting and playing 68 minutes. He did little of note as heavily rotated Leipzig looked mostly disinterested in a 2-1 loss to Werder Bremen. It makes sense that they were off from their best with third place locked in and the DfB-Pokal final coming on May 25 against Bayern Munich. Adams is also unsurprisingly on the 40-man USMNT roster.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks missed Wolfsburg’s final game of the season with an injury to a knee ligament. Wolfsburg’s last-day victory boosted them into sixth and secured Europa League play for next year, so Brooks will return to continental action. However, his recent injury will cost the center back his spot in the USMNT squad for the Gold Cup, as he was passed over due to the problem.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler finished the season as an unused sub for Frankfurt. It was a terribly disappointing end to the season as Eintracht didn’t win in their final six games and moved from a near-UCL lock to the second qualifying round of the Europa League, the latter stages of which they were also knocked out of this week, losing on penalties in a semifinal against Chelsea. Chandler missed almost the entire year with an injury, making just one recent substitute appearance.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson also made just one appearance this year, and that came on the last day with just three minutes to play in Werder’s aforementioned win over Leipzig. Prior to the contest, Johannsson was honored in front of the fans as he prepares to leave the club this summer. His future is uncertain.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent did not make it off the bench for Werder this week. He did make one start and nine substitute appearances in his debut year, however, scoring twice. Johannsson’s departure, along with that of Bremen captain Max Kruse, should provide a straightforward route to the starting XI next season for the 19-year-old Sargent, though he’ll have to go out and earn the role. He’ll have his next chance to impress on USMNT duty ahead of the Gold Cup.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson did not make the Gladbach squad this week as their season came to a disappointing end with a 2-0 loss to Dortmund. Gladbach were in the Champions League race until the final day, but they will have to settle for Europa League football next season.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie finished the season with his third straight start at right center back for Schalke, and the backline did its job in a goalless draw with Stuttgart. McKennie won five aerials on the day. It was a solid second full Bundesliga season for the youngster despite his side wilting to a 14th-place finish. McKennie, too, has made the 40-man USMNT roster.
Haji Wright (Schalke)
Wright played 90 minutes for Schalke’s U-23 side in a 3-0 win over Westfalia Rhynern.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales made another late cameo for Dusseldorf, entering in the 89th minute with all the goals already scored in a 2-1 over Hannover. The 29-year-old midfielder was in and out of the squad all season, playing in 23 Bundesliga games (16 starts) and tallying a goal and an assist. More importantly, promoted Dusseldorf finished the season well, moving up to a comfortable 10th place in the league table.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Chelsea)
After scoring a goal in his final home game for Dortmund, Pulisic added an assist to close out his Black and Yellows ledger in a 2-0 win over Monchengladbach. With Dortmund already up 1-0 early in the second half, Pulisic ran into space in the penalty area following a lovely team move, and he squared for Marco Reus to tap home. The goal sealed the three points for Dortmund, though it ultimately was a disappointing day anyway as Bayern’s win means the Bavarians retain the Bundesliga title, with Borussia two points behind. The end of
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Nurnberg had already been relegated, which made the 5-1 final-day drubbing taken at the hands of Freiburg less painful, but it was still a bad week for the club, and Tillman is included in that. The youngster came on at halftime and was less than stellar, playing a part in the fourth goal his side conceded when he failed to help back on defense, creating a two-on-one that a teammate could do nothing about when a cross came into the box. It’s the end of a tough campaign overall in which Tillman made six appearances on loan, just one start, though all six have come since March. He’s progressing somewhat, but he’s not breaking into the Bayern first team any time soon, and next season is an important one for the 20-year-old.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Wood again did not feature for Hannover, whose top-flight stay came to an end in the aforementioned loss to Dusseldorf. The forward's future remains unclear, as he appears unlikely to return to either Hannover or Hamburg as both prepare for second division football next season.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green played 90 minutes in Fuerth’s season finale, a 2-1 win over St. Pauli. He was vital in getting the points as well with both Fuerth goals coming from set pieces that Green played into the box, although neither counted as an assist for the midfielder, who also hit the woodwork in the contest. The 23-year-old finishes a solid campaign with a total of four goals and two assists in 29 league games, all of which are career-high marks. Fuerth finished 13th in the 2. Bundesliga table.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu is still out from the injury he suffered on February 10. No new news about the issue has come out, meaning he may not see the pitch before the end of the season. Rennes beat Strasbourg 2-0 in their penultimate game of the season and will finish comfortably in the middle of the table.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovich played 74 minutes as Sittard’s season ended with a 4-1 loss to Feyenoord. The striker wasn’t involved in the scoring and won two aerials, though he was dispossessed four times and did not record a shot. He finished the season with nine goals and two assists in 29 appearances, though it wasn’t enough to earn a USMNT call up.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown had a solid 90 minutes in Breda’s season finale, recording four clearances and two tackles while helping the side to a clean sheet in a scoreless draw with PEC Zwolle. The center back had a decent second half for the Eredivisie strugglers, making 18 starts, but he couldn’t do enough to prevent them from finishing in the basement, six points off the bottom of the table.
Timothy Weah (Celtic, on loan from PSG)
Weah has joined with the USMNT U-20s as they prepare for the World Cup in Poland, which begins Friday. He scored four goals in 16 appearances (though only four of those were starts) for Celtic but looks unlikely to return to Celtic next year. The 19-year-old this week discussed his desire to fight into the PSG first team in 2019-20, while there are lingering rumors of a move to another European side. Just what will happen for the young forward next season is unclear, but he has a bright future wherever he winds up.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, English Premier League)
After spending the first half of the season on loan in Scotland with Hibernian, Hyndman played just one time for Bournemouth's senior squad this year, a 37-minute substitute appearance. Though manager Eddie Howe has stated he needs a shot at the first team, the 23-year-old midfielder has yet to really get his chance. It appears he will be with the Premier League side for another season, but not much else is known besides that.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, English Premier League)
Scott did not feature at any level for Chelsea this week.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
QPR didn’t play this week as their season ended the week prior. They finished in 19th place. Cameron made 19 appearances (17 starts) in his loan spell and tallied a goal and an assist.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Hull finished in 13th place. Lichaj made 39 appearances (35 starts) over the course of his first campaign for the Tigers, and the 30-year-old seems likely to return to the club next year.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
With his side down 1-0 in the game and 2-0 on aggregate, Holmes was replaced by forward Jack Marriott in the 44th minute of Derby’s playoff semifinal with Leeds. Marriott would score with his first touch of the game, and Derby would roar back to win 4-2 and advance to the final against Aston Villa at Wembley. After the substitution sparked such a comeback, it will be interesting to see if Frank Lampard chooses Holmes to start in the final. Regardless, it’s been a breakout year for Holmes, who now has a shot at the USMNT Gold Cup as his name made the first cut list. It’s his first appearance in any USMNT squad.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch came on with 20 minutes to play in Sunderland’s goalless draw with Portsmouth, which saw them squeak into the final on a 1-0 aggregate scoreline. He didn’t move the needle, but his side did enough. Sunderland face Charlton on Sunday with a chance to return to the Championship.
Gboly Ariyibi (Motherwell, Scottish Premiership, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George was an unused sub in Regensburg’s final game of the year, a 2-2 draw with Sandhausen. They finished in eighth.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson did not feature this week for Sandhuasen.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten went the distance in Sandhausen’s 2-2 draw with Jahn Regensburg. The forward scored 17 goals this season, tied for fourth-most in the division, and Sandhausen finished in 15th place to secure another season of second-tier football.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau played the full 90 minutes as Duisburg’s season ended with a 3-0 loss to Hamburg. The 26-year-old finished with two goals and an assist in 20 games this season for Duisburg, who ended the season at the bottom of the table. Gyau will get an opportunity to impress Berhalter at the USMNT training camp, his first since just after the 2014 World Cup.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford also logged a full shift for St. Pauli in their loss to Fuerth. He finished the season with five appearances after arriving at the club in the winter.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, 2. Bundesliga)
Shelton did not make the Paderborn squad this week. Despite losing on the final day, Paderborn held off a charge from Union Berlin to finish in second place and earn promotion to the Bundesliga.
Shaq Moore (Levante, La Liga)
In a nice change, Moore made the Levante 18-man La Liga squad, although he didn’t see the pitch in a 2-2 season-ending draw with Atletico Madrid. He’ll hope to break his way into the first team next season.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath finished his club season with a 2-0 defeat to Standard Liege and a 3-2 win over Royal Antwerp. He had a strong second half for Brugge, playing in 20 league games, and he’ll hope to carry that form over to the USMNT camp as he heads to the Gold Cup.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike was subbed out in the dying seconds of a 2-0 loss to Union St. Gilloise before going as an unused substitute in a 4-0 win over Cercle Brugge.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne was not in the Rotterdam setup this week. Excelsior are in the relegation playoffs and will have to fight for their Eredivisie safety.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall came on at halftime of Malmo’s scoreless draw against Goteborg before going as an unused substitute in a 1-0 win over Kalmar.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes again played the entirety of Dundee United’s 3-0 second-leg promotion-playoff win over Inverness CT. Dundee United face St. Mirren this week in the two-legged final.
The biggest and most surprising news from the youth ranks this week comes via the inclusion of two players who have appeared on our list on the preliminary Gold Cup roster. Left back Andrew Gutman, of Celtic but on loan to USL side Charlotte Independence, and right back Marlon Fossey of Fulham were surprise names to make the early edition of the squad. Both seem like longshots to make the final squad, but it’s nonetheless positive for both to make the initial team, especially Fossey, who impressed in preseason for the Cottagers before suffering a knee injury that sidelined him for most of the campaign. Elsewhere, the U-17 side and Gio Reyna lost to Mexico 2-1 in the final of the CONCACAF Championships, though they did enough earlier in the tournament to earn a spot in the U-17 World Cup in Brazil later this year. Lastly, two youngsters in Denmark made goalscoring impacts for their clubs’ senior sides, with Jonathan Amon scoring for Nordsjaelland against OB and Emmanuel Sabbi assisting Hobro’s opener against Vejle BK before scoring the goal (video of both here) that prevented them from being automatically relegated from the top flight, though they still have work to do in the playoffs to stay up. Amon is also the subject of speculation regarding a move to a slightly more prominent European league, with Belgian second-place side Club Brugge reportedly interested in spending up to €3 million for the 20-year-old winger.
Jonathan Amon (FC Nordsjaelland, Danish Superliga)
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, Premier League)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, Premier League)
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Premier League)
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League)
Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Championship)
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Maxi Dietz (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Alex Mendez (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Uly Llanez (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Chris Gloster (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Zyen Jones (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Haji Wright (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Pablo Soares (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, 2. Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Andre Costa (Rayo Vallecano, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Kosuke Ide (Leganes, La Liga)
Jack Imperato (Villarreal, La Liga)
Rayshaun McGann (Getafe, La Liga)
Cade Hagan (Sporting Gijon, Segunda Division)
Akil Watts (Mallorca, Segunda Division)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Sergino Dest (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Jamie Dunning (Feyenoord, Eredivisie)
Richie Ledezma (PSV, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
Rickson van Hees (NEC Nijmegen, Eerste Divisie)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Eryk Williamson (Santa Clara, Primeira Liga, on loan from Portland Timbers)
Cameron Harper (Celtic, Scottish Premiership)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Superliga)
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Superliga)