It was an excellent week for Americans playing in Europe, as a handful made winning returns from injury while a few scored crucial goals for their sides. It was also a big week for those yanks coaching on the continent. Former USMNT boss Bob Bradley, who led Stabaek to a surprising second-place finish in the Tippeligaen but couldn’t agree to a new contract with the Norwegian side, has completed a move to French Ligue 2 squad Le Havre, who sit fourth in the table heading into the upcoming international break. Additionally, former U.S. international David Wagner
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Returning to Stoke’s team after two weeks out with an injury, Cameron came off the bench for the final 20-plus minutes of Stoke’s 1-0 home win over Chelsea on Saturday. While he was quiet after entering as a defensive midfielder, Cameron was able to help the Potters see out a vital clean sheet, and he’ll hope to return to the starting XI after the international break.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Guzan was instrumental in Villa claiming a shock point against Manchester City on Sunday, making three big saves to hold a first league clean sheet since the opening day of the season. The 31-year-old’s best save came shortly after halftime, when he robbed Raheem Sterling from close range, but he also got some much-needed luck when Fernando headed off the bar in the dying moments. It was a huge point for Villa nonetheless however, as the Villains earned their first result since August and moved to within five points of safety.
Tim Howard (Everton)
In a 1-1 draw with West Ham, Howard was good when called upon as the Toffees moved ahead of crosstown rivals Liverpool and into ninth place. The 36-year-old made four saves in the contest, including three in the closing stages, and could do nothing on Manuel Lanzini’s brilliant curling strike in the first half. Still, after picking up a fifth draw in 12 BPL games, Howard and his teammates will hope for better when they take on Guzan and Villa after the break.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Yedlin stood out for Sunderland in a disappointing 1-0 loss to Southampton, putting in a solid shift at right back for Sam Allardyce’s side. Racking up a game-high five tackles would have been enough to classify it as a good performance from Yedlin, but the Seattle native also had eight clearances and five blocks in his best defensive display since moving to England. While his Sunderland side couldn’t get a result and remained in 19th as a result, there were certainly a handful of positives for the Black Cats to take forward with them.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Taking on Schalke’s U-21s in the Premier League International Cup on Tuesday, Carter-Vickers put together another solid performance as Spurs ran out 3-1 winners. He was praised after the contest — along with center back partner Milos Veljkovic — by coach Ugo Ehiogu, who said the pair were “outstanding, won everything and put us on the front foot.” Carter-Vickers was subsequently called into the USMNT U-23 side for a pair of upcoming friendlies with Brazil as the youth team prepares for a key March meeting with Colombia for a spot in the Olympics.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Bouncing back after a poor outing a week ago, Zelalem was excellent in a 90-minute shift as Rangers dominated Alloa Athletic 4-0. The German-born midfielder was denied a penalty claim near the end of the first half, but the ball bounced to teammate Barrie McKay, who sent it on for Martyn Waghorn to head home. Zelalem then played a nifty flick that almost ended in a hat-trick goal for Waghorn, but the shot was saved well (though Waghorn would eventually get his third of the day). To top it off, Zelalem was named to the U.S. U-23 side on Monday and will likely see action for Andi Herzog’s squad this week.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Cropper was on the bench twice for Dons last week as they split a pair of Championship games, winning 1-0 over Charlton before losing 2-1 to high-flying Brighton. The youngster was called into the U-23 side for the trip to Brazil, where he will certainly see time in net.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman remains on the outside looking in at Fulham’s first team, and the U-21s were inactive this week.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
On the other hand, Ream continues to be an important piece for Fulham after moving from Bolton this summer, but it was a tough week for the Cottagers, who lost twice and conceded eight goals. First, Ream — deployed in a three-man back line — was substituted just before the hour mark with his side down 2-1 in an eventual 3-1 defeat to Burnley. Then, on the weekend, Ream was deployed in an unfamiliar right back spot as Fulham were smashed 5-2 at home by Birmingham City. Ream will hope to do better for the USMNT in the World Cup Qualifying matches this week after being called up by Jurgen
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Like Ream, Lichaj was involved twice this week for Forest, who split a pair of 1-0 decisions. After a mediocre performance in a 1-0 midweek loss to Preston, the right back impressed Friday night in a win over Derby, making three tackles and three interceptions as Forest kept a clean sheet.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
With Reading’s U-21s inactive, Novakovich had the week off.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams played twice for the Royals, who are winless in five and now rest in eighth place. In a 2-2 draw with Huddersfield, the midfielder came off in the 74th minute after a fairly ineffective shift, although he did have one shot on target. He then came on as a 64th minute substitute in a 2-0 loss to Cardiff and picked up a yellow card in stoppage time.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Restored to the starting lineup for just the second time this Bundesliga campaign, Brooks was solid as Hertha defeated Hannover 3-1 on Friday. The young center back had two tackles, notched a game-high seven clearances, and won five aerial duels, with Hannover only scoring via a penalty Brooks did not concede. Despite this, he was not named to Klinsmann’s squad for the upcoming matches and instead will travel to Brazil with the U-23s, his first action with the younger side in 2015.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler was not in the 18-man squad for Eintracht as they played to a scoreless road draw with Hoffenheim.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green went the full 90 minutes as Bayern II drew 0-0 with Illertissen on Friday. The winger was then called into the U-23 squad for the games in Brazil.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Still sidelined with a hip injury, Johannsson is expected to be out until the new year. Without him, Bremen pulled off a huge 2-1 win over Augsburg to gain some breathing room on the relegation dogfight.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
On Tuesday, Johnson became the sixth American to score a Champions League goal, beating Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon with an excellent far-post drive in a 1-1 draw with the Old Lady. Unfortunately for Gladbach, the draw sealed their group-stage exit from the competition, but it was nonetheless an important feat for Johnson. On the weekend, his side played to a scoreless draw with Ingolstadt, with Johnson taking three shots — two of which were on target and one of which was cleared off the line — in
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
Kiesewetter went 90 minutes as Stuttgart’s reserve team drew 2-2 with Energie Cottbus, then was named to the U-23 team once more for the upcoming friendlies.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
In the aforementioned scoreless draw with Gladbach, Morales had a game-high five shots — though only one was on target — and played an effective 90 minutes for Ingolstadt. The midfielder also had four tackles, which tied for the most in the contest, and picked up a yellow card in the final 10 minutes. However, he was not named to Klinsmann’s squad for the qualifiers.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
After suffering a setback in his bid to return from a long-term knee injury, Boyd will likely remain on the sidelines until the new year at the earliest.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
In a dramatic 3-3 draw with Nurnberg, Wood was crucial for Union Berlin, scoring a goal and tallying an assist. His goal, a tap in on a rebound, tied the score in the 21st minute, and his assist, which came after a fantastic run into the center of the pitch, gave his side a 2-1 lead in the 54th, although Union couldn’t hold a 3-2 lead after Wood was subbed off in the 71st minute. He will get his chances this week with the USMNT after earning another call up.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten played into stoppage time before being taken off in a 1-0 win at FSV Frankfurt on Friday. Sandhausen currently sit in fifth place, just four points behind the joint-leaders of the 2. Bundesliga, with 14 games played, and Wooten’s six goals are tied for third in the league.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Bedoya remains out with a mysterious illness that has kept him on the sidelines since the USMNT’s 3-2 CONCACAF Cup loss to Mexico, although he is back in training for Nantes, who sit 10th in Ligue 1 after winning once and losing once this week.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
In the Europa League on Thursday, Horvath made six saves to lead Molde to a 2-1 win at Celtic that secured their place in the knockout round with two games left to play in the group stage. The Tippeligaen season then came to an end Sunday, with Horvath going 89 minutes before being subbed off as Molde beat Start 3-0 for their fifth straight league victory to finish the season.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Rubin is recovering from ankle surgery that will probably keep him on the sidelines until the new year.