Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron and Stoke finished off the season strongly as the defender played very well in the Potters’ 1-0 win over Southampton. Cameron was sent out as the right center back in a 3-4-3 and did his job to a tee, winning three aerials and three tackles. His biggest contribution, though, was the perfect cross that he provided for Peter Crouch, who nodded home the only tally of the game in the second half. It was Cameron’s first assist of the season, and though the game was far from critical, it was still a great way for the veteran to finish off an up-and-down season. Stoke finished in 13th place.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers was an unused sub for the U-20 USMNT in the opening game of the U-20 World Cup in South Korea against Ecuador as he continues his return from a knee injury. Given the game ended in a 3-3 draw, Carter-Vickers might move up the pecking for the other two group stage fixtures if he can get fit as the USA looks for solidity at the back.
Gooch was twice used as a second-half substitute this week as Sunderland fell to both Arsenal and Chelsea. He didn’t do much of note in either fixture and barely filled the stat sheet, but he did pass well in both. Gooch will have a new focus in the offseason as Sunderland prepare for a Championship campaign to try and bounce straight back to the top flight, and the 21-year-old should be in line for more appearances next season in the second tier.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Guzan finished out his European career with another battering, this one a 3-0 loss to Liverpool. The first and third goals he conceded were unsaveable, but the keeper probably should have done better on the second, which was a free kick that beat him to the back post. Still, though, Guzan did make some good saves on the day and was, as per usual, left out to dry by his defense far too often. Guzan will now begin a new challenge with Atlanta United as he moves to the MLS this summer.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
Olosunde did not make the squad for either of Manchester United’s final two Premier League fixtures of the season. He also did not make the trip to the U-20 World Cup, so for now, the 19-year-old is on break.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi’s season was completed on May 7 when the Championship campaign ended. Forest finished 21st.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj’s season was completed on May 7 when the Championship campaign ended. Forest finished 21st.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream played a full 90 minutes in Fulham’s 1-0 loss to Reading, which has knocked them out of the promotion playoffs 2-1 on aggregate. Ream did his part on the day, as the only goal came from a penalty which was off a handball that the centerback did not commit. He also passed at 90 percent on the day. The loss is a disheartening one, though, as Fulham will have to try again next year to get promoted to the Premier League.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre came up massive for the U.S. U-20 side in their aforementioned draw with Ecuador, scoring a 94th-minute equalizer that saved a point for the squad and providing an earlier assist. After a first-half assist to Josh Sargent, de la Torre lashed home his effort from inside the box calmly in a pressure-packed scenario to save his side from a disappointing start to the tournament. The goal and all-around performance should cement his place in the starting lineup for the next two fixtures as well.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Ream’s loss was Williams’ huge gain, as his Royals side advanced to the promotion playoff final next Monday at Wembley. The central midfielder did his job to control the game but didn’t do much of note on the stat or scoring sheet. Williams will now need to put all his focus on the matchup with Huddersfield, which could allow the 28-year-old to take the next step forward with a trip to the Premier League.
With the U-23 season concluded, Novakovich has ended play until the fall. It would be a shock, to say the least, to see him included in the promotion playoff final squad.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin’s season was completed on May 7 when the Championship campaign ended. Newcastle won the league and will be returning to the top flight next season.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes’ season was completed on May 7, when Scunthorpe were eliminated from the promotion playoff by Millwall. Scunthorpe finished third.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd sat out Darmstadt’s final game with injury. Darmstadt finished last in the Bundesliga and were relegated.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks lasted just one half in Hertha’s finale, as the side was hit for three in the first 45 minutes and would go on to lose 6-2 to Bayer Leverkusen. Brooks was at least partially responsible for all three tallies in the first half, and twice was his worst enemy as lazy plays caught up with him and led to opposition tallies. Thankfully for Hertha fans, Freiburg lost as well on the final day, and that kept the capital side in sixth place, meaning they will be in Europa League qualification next fall.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler and Frankfurt had a nice come-from-behind draw with RB Leipzig on the last day as Eintracht scored twice in the last 10 minutes to earn a 2-2 draw. The right back had a couple of shots and won four aerials on the day. Frankfurt finished their campaign in 11th.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson again missed the Bremen squad and appears to be on his way out of the club. Bremen finished in eighth.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
In his first start since March, Johnson started and played 74 minutes as Monchengladbach finished their season with a 2-2 draw against Darmstadt. Playing as a right back, Johnson had one shot on target and recorded two tackles and two aerial wins, also passing at an 86 percent clip, although he had the fewest touches of any Gladbach starter. Gladbach finished in ninth place in the Bundesliga after drawing three straight games to end their campaign.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales came on in the 89th minute of Ingolstadt’s 1-1 draw with Schalke. He touched the ball four times in his time on the pitch. Ingolstadt finished in 17th place and will drop into the 2. Bundesliga next season, which should offer Morales plenty of chances to earn a solid spot after two seasons as a solid top-flight contributor.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
It’s been a recurring theme all season, and Pulisic proving a menace off the bench is a fitting way for the campaign to end. The winger came on at halftime with
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood went the full 90 minutes, and while he didn’t score, he had a big role in Hamburg earning a memorable comeback 2-1 win that saw them jump out of danger at the tail end of the season. Wood one seven aerials and made one successful tackle, and he was involved in helping set up Filip Kostic’s equalizer in the first half. Wood’s first Bundesliga season threatened to peter out multiple times, but despite finishing with just five goals in 28 games, he helped his team earn a spot in next season’s Bundesliga, and he’ll have a
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse was an unused substitute in Bochum’s last game of the season, a 3-1 loss to St. Pauli. Canouse finished the first year of his two-season loan with one goal in 20 appearances, eight of which were starts, for ninth-place Bochum.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
Likewise, Green was in the Stuttgart 18-man squad but did not play in their 4-1 win over Wurzburger Kickers. The winger scored once in 10 2. Bundesliga appearances after arriving at Stuttgart in the winter window, and he’ll return to the top flight next year with the second-division champions.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
A week after scoring his second goal of the season, Kiesewetter started his fifth league game for Dusseldorf and went the distance in a 1-0 win over Erzgebirge Aue. Kiesewetter put together a solid showing playing a striker in a two-man front line, seeing one shot saved and tallying one tackle and one completed dribble. The 24-year-old has experienced a bit of a late-season surge for Dusseldorf, who finished in 11th place, and he’ll hope to continue his momentum next season.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten did not make the Sandhausen squad which drew 1-1 with Hannover. The forward has reportedly extended his contract with Sandhausen (according to reports from German sources, the deal was announced at halftime of the season-ending contest) and should continue to be a key piece next season for Sandhausen, which finished the season in 10th place in the second division.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath started the final two games of Brugge’s season, a 2-1 loss to Oostende and a win over Gent by that same scoreline. He could have done little to prevent either of Oostende’s goals in the midweek (he was caught in no-man’s land on the second, but his defense also completely fell asleep and allowed an easy break away), and it would have been difficult but not impossible for Horvath to stop Gent’s lone goal on the weekend, which just eluded his fingertips and nestled in the side netting. He had some nervous moments during his spell as the starter after arriving in the winter, but after finishing the year with four straight starts, he should enter the 2017-18 season with an opportunity to win the job from 34-year-old Ludovic Butelle. Brugge finished in second place in the Jupiler League playoffs, which means they’ll begin next season in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, on loan to Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman remains sidelined after suffering a late-season injury with Rangers. Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe believes the midfielder should be ready to play by the start of the Cherries’ preseason, and he will have an opportunity to win a spot with the squad if he can impress in the summer.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Johnsen started each of Hearts’ final two games this week, although they were unable to score in a 1-0 loss to St. Johnstone and a 2-0 defeat to Celtic. In the former, Johnsen played just the first half and picked up a yellow card while also forcing a very good save from a long-range effort. Against the champions, Johnsen was a bit more involved and created multiple chances, but he hit the post with his best opportunity as neither he nor his teammates could breach the Celtic net. Hearts finish their season in fifth place, but the campaign ended on a sour note as they lost their last four games.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen was an unused sub in both of Hearts’ games this week. After nailing down a starting spot and wearing the captain’s armband early in the season, Kitchen lost his position in the lineup towards the end of the year and now will try to win it back during the summer.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse, Eredivisie)
Vitesse’s season ended last week after a fifth-place finish and a KNVB Cup triumph. Miazga made his presence felt during the second half of his loan spell in particular, and that has parent club Chelsea intrigued. Manager Antonio Conte will reportedly evaluate his options with the center back this summer, and while a second loan spell seems likely, Chelsea are a bit thin at the back with John Terry leaving the club this offseason. Miazga’s future will be a major storyline to watch amongst the Americans in Europe this summer.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne wasn’t in the Groningen squad for either of their Europa League playoff losses to AZ, and the reasoning became crystal clear this week (although he was unlikely to feature anyway). After making just 14 appearances in all competitions, Payne has reportedly signed as a free agent with Excelsior, a Rotterdam-based club which finished this season 14th in the Eredivisie. There doesn’t appear to be a ton of competition for the right-back spot at the club, which Khalid Karami nailed down last season, so Payne could be in line for an uptick in playing time, and that quest will be helped by spending a full preseason with his new side.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Châteauroux, Championnat National, on loan from Reims)
Siebatcheu’s 10th goal of his loan spell — from the penalty spot in the 38th minute — was enough to earn Châteauroux a 1-1 draw against Les Herbiers, which — combined with a loss from second-place Quevilly — earned Châteauroux the Championnat National title. Châteauroux will participate in the Ligue 2 next season, as will Siebatcheu’s parent club, Reims. It’s likely that Siebatcheu will play for Reims next year. There’s another bit of news this week concerning the young striker, and it isn’t great for USMNT fans, as Siebatcheu has been called into the France U-21 side for an upcoming set of games. This doesn’t necessarily mean much for his eventual participation with a senior side, but France appears to have the inside track to securing Siebatcheu’s services. If any news comes up over the summer in this regard, we’ll provide an update when we can.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
Stanko started twice last week for Vaduz in a 1-0 win over Young Boys and a 2-1 loss to Lugano. He played 57 minutes in the former and 45 in the latter but did not have a major impact in either. Vaduz haven’t yet been mathematically relegated, but it would take a miracle in which they overturn a large goal differential in the final two games.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, on loan to VVV Venlo, Eerste Divisie)
Zelalem started the first game of the U-20 World Cup against Ecuador but didn’t last too long, as he was withdrawn in the 34th minute with an injury and the U.S. down 2-0. The Americans would come back to earn a 3-3 draw, but Zelalem’s status is something to monitor through the remainder of the competition.