Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
With interim manager Dave Sarachan choosing a roster consisting of mostly young and untested players, Cameron was not included in the United States Men’s National Team squad that played Portugal in a friendly Tuesday. He has missed the past few games with a concussion and isn’t expected to return to the Stoke squad in time for the 14th-placed Potters’ game Monday at Brighton.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman was not in the USMNT squad this week. Bournemouth, currently sitting in 17th place in the Premier League, return to play Saturday at home against Huddersfield.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams played a full 90 minutes and captained the USMNT for the first time in their 1-1 draw with Portugal. His 23rd cap for the U.S. wasn’t a disappointing one, but it wasn’t full of life either. Williams dropped deep for most of the game and
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
It took Yedlin a bit of time to settle in against Portugal, but he did so well during his 90 minutes on the pitch. Early on, the right back was beaten a couple of times down the flank, but he improved defensively as the match went on. As always, Yedlin was dangerous going forward, providing a few nice breaks down the reight flank, but, as is a normal criticism, his crosses were not accurate enough. If he can improve that aspect of his game, Yedlin could turn into a serious and constant threat to create goals rather than just attacks.
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, which means he likely won’t see the field at any level until 2018. However, he has been added to Arsenal’s Europa League squad and looks to be slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers made his debut for the USMNT against Portugal, coming on at halftime and providing defensive solidity as the USA did not concede after the break. He also almost made his way onto the end of a Lynden Gooch cross and was only denied by an acrobatic leg save from very close range by Beto. Though he didn’t score what would have been a memorable goal, it was still a quality first appearance for the 19-year-old.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch’s entrance into the contest came with half an hour to play, and he almost immediately made an impact with his aforementioned cross that was almost turned home by Carter-Vickers. Though he didn’t create as dangerous an opportunity again, Gooch was a threat on the left flank and did show his creativity, something the USMNT is often lacking. It was just his third cap for the side, but his performance in limited minutes showed he deserves more.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj played just under an hour against Portugal. The left back did well with his defensive duties and also made his way forward at times, forcing Portuguese second-half keeper Beto into a nice save. He didn’t do too much of note or have any impact on the scoresheet, but it was a solid and respectable performance from the veteran.
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
Murphy was not in the USMNT squad this week. He did, however, feature twice for Wednesday’s U-23s over the past week, in a 2-1 win over local rivals Sheffield United and a 2-0 triumph against Huddersfield. Sheffield Wednesday’s senior side, which sits in 11th place in the Championship, returns to action Saturday at home against Bristol City.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Though he was called into the USMNT squad, Ream was on the only player on this list to not appear against Portugal. At 30, it’s hardly a surprise given Ream’s long-term value to the team is more in an off-the-field capacity as he guides the youngsters through their early stages with the USMNT.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
Robinson was not in the USMNT squad this week. Bolton, currently sitting in 23rd place in the Championship, return to play Friday at Preston.
Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi once again made a significant impact this week for Dons in a pair of wins. First, the winger scored twice in a five-minute span in a 4-3 midweek Checkatrade Trophy win over Oxford United. With Milton Keynes down 2-1 in the 40th minute, Ariyibi swept home a perfectly placed left-footed shot from the top of the box to level the score. Five minutes later, he turned on the style, driving with the ball at the Oxford defense before playing a one-two with a teammate and beating one more defender with a quick touch, which left him alone to beat the onrushing keeper for the go-ahead goal. He wasn’t quite able to take that form into the weekend, but he was a constant nuisance down the left side and could have had a goal and an assist on another day, though Dons didn’t need them in a 1-0 win over Fleetwood. The 22-year-old isn’t thought of as a highly touted prospect, but he is certainly making his presence known in League 1 this season.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes made a difference for Scunthorpe this weekend, coming on at halftime and helping the Iron nab a last-minute winner in a 1-0 victory over Bristol Rovers. The winger didn’t have a direct impact on the goal, but he was lively after coming on and at one point should have had an assist with a weaving run that a teammate should have converted into a tally.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks had a stellar 45 minutes for the USMNT, making an impact at both ends of the pitch before coming off for Carter-Vickers at halftime. The center back did well in front of Ethan Horvath, who was solely responsible for Portugal’s first-half tally, cleaning up danger and for the most part limiting Portugal’s chances. Brooks also made his way onto the end of a corner and headed home what should have been a go-ahead goal for the USMNT, but it was
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler underwent surgery on the knee injury he suffered against Dortmund on October 21 and will be out for the remainder of 2017. The injury only appears to be a small tear of the meniscus, however, and the hope is that he may be able to return some time shortly after the Bundesliga’s winter break.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was not in the USMNT squad this week. The striker told the Bundesliga’s official website this week that he’sexcited about the prospect of a new beginning under Bremen’s new boss, Florian Kohfeldt. Werder Bremen, currently sitting in 17th place in the Bundesliga, return to play Sunday against Hannover.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was not in the USMNT squad this week. Borussia Monchengladbach, currently sitting in eighth place in the Bundesliga, return to play Saturday at Hertha Berlin.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie had a debut to remember for the USMNT, scoring the team’s lone goal and nearly netting a brace while holding down his spot in the center of the park brilliantly. In the 21st minute, McKennie received a pass on an inside run and cut into the box, dispatching his Portuguese defender before catching the goalie cheating to the far post and cooly slotting to the other side to secure an early lead. Then, in the second half, McKennie met a Kellyn Acosta corner kick only to have his header smash off the bar and out. His direct impact was obvious, but McKennie also
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
After a busy breakout year in which rests have been few and far between, Pulisic was not included in the USMNT squad this week. The biggest news regarding the starlet was the piece he penned for The Players’ Tribune on Monday in which he discussed the USMNT’s World Cup qualification nightmare eloquently and at length. Borussia Dortmund, currently sitting in third place in the Bundesliga, return to play Friday at Stuttgart.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Stanko was not in the USMNT squad this week. Freiburg, currently sitting in 16th place in the Bundesliga, return to play Saturday at Wolfsburg.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood was not in the USMNT squad this week. Hamburg, currently sitting in 15th place in the Bundesliga, return to play Sunday at Schalke.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd was not in the USMNT squad this week. Darmstadt, currently sitting in 11th place in the 2. Bundesliga, return to play Friday against Sandhausen.
McKinzie Gaines (Darmstadt)
Gaines was not in the USMNT squad this week. Darmstadt, currently sitting in 11th place in the 2. Bundesliga, return to play Friday against Sandhausen.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
No new information has been released about the injury that has kept George out recently. George was not in the USMNT squad this week. Jahn Regensburg, currently sitting in 13th place in the 2. Bundesliga, return to play Sunday at St. Pauli.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
Gipson was not in the USMNT squad this week. Sandhausen, currently sitting in seventh place in the 2. Bundesliga, return to play Friday at Darmstadt.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten was not in the USMNT squad this week and remains sidelined with a thigh injury. Sandhausen, currently sitting in seventh place in the 2. Bundesliga, return to play Friday at Darmstadt.
Haji Wright (Sandhausen, on loan from Schalke)
Wright was not in the USMNT squad this week. Sandhausen, currently sitting in seventh place in the 2. Bundesliga, return to play Friday at Darmstadt.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, on loan from Stuttgart)
Green was not in the USMNT squad this week. Greuther Fuerth, currently sitting in 17th place in the 2. Bundesliga, return to play Saturday at Bochum.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter was not in the USMNT squad this week. Fortuna Dusseldorf, currently sitting in first place in the 2. Bundesliga, return to play Sunday at Ingolstadt.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was not in the USMNT squad this week. Ingolstadt, currently sitting in fifth place in the 2. Bundesliga, return to play Sunday against Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath started and played the first half for the USMNT, but the young keeper had a major moment to forget. With the Americans up 1-0, Portuguese defender Vitorino Antunes played a whipped-in cross which should have been an easy catch for Horvath, who was under no pressure. The effort was dipping, though, and as Horvath went to catch and fall on it, the ball squeaked through his legs and into the net for an absolute howler. Though it came half an hour in, it was Horvath’s first real involvement in the match, making the error even worse. Horvath was able to slightly atone for his mistake with a couple of decent saves to close the half, but he also had another huge mental lapse, passing out of the back directly to a Portuguese striker, who should have doubled the
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Along with the rest of the backline, Miazga had a solid performance and was clearly not responsible for the aforementioned error that led to the lone Portuguese goal. The only knock on Miazga’s game is that he needlessly pushed a Portuguese defender on a corner, which caused Brooks’ goal to be waved off. Still, at his end of the pitch, Miazga cleaned up the Portuguese attackers more than once and covered well for his keepers all game.
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Novakovich was not in the USMNT squad this week. Telstar, currently sitting in fourth place in the Eerste Divisie, return to play Friday at RKC Waalwijk.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne was not in the USMNT squad this week. Excelsior, currently sitting in seventh place in the Eredivisie, return to play Sunday at Utrecht.
Kenny Saief (Gent, Jupiler League)
Saief was not in the USMNT squad this week, but he’s nearing a return from the hernia problem that’s kept him out of action so far this season and could appear as soon as this weekend. Gent, currently sitting in 11th place in the Jupiler League, return to play Sunday at Lokeren.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu was not in the USMNT squad this week. Reims, currently sitting in first place in Ligue 2, return to play Friday against Paris FC.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Tall was not in the USMNT squad this week. Tours, currently sitting in 20th place in Ligue 2, return to play Friday at Chateauroux.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Belgian First Division A)
Torres was not in the USMNT squad this week. Lokeren, currently sitting in 12th place in the Jupiler League, return to play Sunday against Gent.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale didn’t feature for Villarreal’s B team this week, and it’s unclear whether or not he played for the C side.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre wasn’t involved in the USMNT this week, and none of Fulham’s youth teams were in action.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Fossey wasn’t involved in the USMNT this week, and none of Fulham’s youth teams were in action.
Kyle Gruno (Leicester, Premier League)
Gruno wasn’t involved in the USMNT this week, and he didn’t appear for any of Leicester’s youth sides.
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Klinsmann wasn’t involved in the USMNT this week, and Hertha’s reserves were inactive.
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore wasn’t involved in the USMNT this week, and he didn’t appear for any of Levante’s youth sides.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Olosunde wasn’t involved in the USMNT this week, and none of United’s youth sides played.
Joshua Perez (Livorno Calcio, Lega Pro, on loan from Fiorentina)
Perez was a 76th-minute substitute and helped Livorno nab an equalizer a minute later in an eventual 1-1 draw with Monza.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Scott wasn’t involved in the USMNT this week, and none of Koln’s youth sides played.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
Scott wasn’t involved in the USMNT this week, and none of Chelsea’s youth sides played.
Joel Sonora (Stuttgart, Bundesliga)
Sonora played 90 minutes for Stuttgart’s reserves in a 3-1 loss to their counterparts from Hoffenheim on Saturday.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Taitague started for Schalke’s U-19 team in a 3-1 youth DfB-Pokal win over RB Leipzig.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Scott wasn’t involved in the USMNT this week, and none of Bayern’s youth sides played.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
Weah wasn’t involved in the USMNT this week, and PSG’s reserves were inactive. It’s unclear whether he played for the French side’s U-19 team in a draw with Le Havre.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Young wasn’t involved in the USMNT this week, and he didn’t feature for any of Bremen’s youth sides.