While most of the action this week regarding Americans playing in Europe came on international duty, there were a few updates to pass along. Although we already wrote about the USMNT’s 6-1 win over St. Vincent and the Grenadines, we’ll do a normal American update here, with particular attention paid to those players who were involved for the USMNT on Friday and those who weren’t but had news break about them over the past week.
After serving as one of the culpable parties on St. Vincent’s opener, Cameron came into the game well and scored the U.S.’s fourth with the second header off a corner kick early in the second half. Despite a rough start to the game, Cameron scored for the second time in three contests in a USMNT shirt and continued to solidify his status as Jurgen Klinsmann’s best center back before coming off for debutant Matt Miazga in the 64th minute.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Though he couldn’t do anything on Oalex Anderson’s opener, Guzan was fine from that point forward, making one straightforward save on an otherwise quiet night. He won’t be hurt by the goal against, but he also didn’t have a chance to make his presence known and hasn’t quite done enough to keep a stranglehold on the No. 1 shirt.
Tim Howard (Everton)
Howard didn’t play against St. Vincent, but he will be between the sticks Tuesday at Trinidad and Tobago for his second appearance since returning to the national team after his year-long break.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
It wasn’t a great night for Yedlin, who was responsible for letting Anderson drive into the box and give St. Vincent their early lead. After that, the right back was much better, assisting Bobby Wood’s equalizer just minutes after his mistake. He was dangerous throughout the night going forward, although Klinsmann will still hope he has room to improve at the defensive end of the pitch.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers played twice for a USMNT U-23 side that was defeated twice in Brazil this week, first by a 2-1 scoreline and second in a 5-1 trouncing at the hands of their hosts. The young center back was decent in the first game, playing 90 minutes in the heart of the Americans’ defense before coming on in the 76th minute for a late cameo in the second.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Like Carter-Vickers, Zelalem played in the entire first game in Brazil before coming off the bench late in the second. On the club side, it’s still unknown as to whether or not Zelalem will remain at Rangers through the whole season with his loan currently scheduled to expire in January.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Between the sticks for the 5-1 defeat to Brazil, Cropper had a miserable day. He was responsible for at least two of the Brazilian tallies due to spilled shots that he should have handled, and could have done better on at least one other. He’ll look to move past the poor afternoon when he returns to MK Dons, but Cropper hasn’t played for his club side since a Capital One Cup win in August.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman was not called up by the U-23s this week. He also was inactive for Fulham’s youth team.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Starting at left back in his home town of St. Louis, Ream was solid, if not spectacular, for the USMNT against St. Vincent. Ream was not needed going forward, but he did his defensive job admirably in a game during which the back line’s services were rarely required.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Despite some recent impressive performances and calls for him to play, Lichaj has remained off Klinsmann’s radar.
Novakovich was not called up by the U.S. setup this week, and Reading’s U-21s were inactive.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Like Lichaj, Williams was not called up by the USMNT despite some good showings of late.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks played extensively for the U-23s twice in Brazil. He first went the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 loss, then played the first 76 minutes before ceding to Carter-Vickers in the 5-1 defeat. He’ll likely work his way back into the senior squad soon, but when exactly that will happen is unclear.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Having not played for his club team in a few weeks, Chandler was not called into the USMNT camp by Klinsmann this week.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green started twice for the U-23s before coming off in both contests, although he didn’t have a major impact in either game. Still, going 85 minutes in the first and 56 in the second is a step forward for Green after he had a lengthy spell away from the USMNT setup.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
A hip injury kept Johannsson out of the USMNT squad and will likely have him out for Werder until at least the new year.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Pushed up the field into the left midfield spot he so often occupies at club level, Johnson was terrific for the USMNT on Friday. He gave the Americans the lead they wouldn’t relinquish with a deflected free-kick goal in the 29th minute, then put a pair of perfect corners into the box for the third and fourth tallies. While it’s unlikely that Klinsmann will keep Johnson in his advanced role given the thin depth chart the USMNT has at fullback, Johnson made quite an argument to remain there.
Kiesewetter went 90 minutes twice for the U-23s in Brazil. In the first game, he drew and scored a penalty in the second half for the Americans’ only goal of the night. His excellent run of form for Stuttgart II and for the USMNT’s youth side should have the 22-year-old earning some action with either senior side in the near future.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was not called into the USMNT squad by Klinsmann.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd’s lengthy recovery from a serious knee injury hit a snag last month, and he’s expected to remain sidelined until at least January.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
Handed a starting opportunity against St. Vincent, Wood earned himself another with an excellent showing. He opened the scoring for the USMNT with a deft header from a bullet Yedlin cross, and while he missed a few chances to double his tally, Wood was a threat all night for the Americans. His partnership with Jozy Altidore was a productive one, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the pair up front again on Tuesday against Trinidad and Tobago.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten was not given a chance to earn a second cap for the USMNT this week.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Still out with an illness that has plagued him since the CONCACAF Cup, Bedoya should return to Nantes’ side in the next week or two, but he was not called in by Klinsmann this week.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
At the end of a long Tippeligaen season, Horvath was not called up to the USMNT or the U-23 squad this week. While the Norwegian season is over, Horvath should retain his place in the Europa League group stage, which is set to continue next Thursday, and his continued impressive performances in the competition could earn Horvath some interest from around Europe.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Rubin is recovering from ankle surgery that will probably keep him on the sidelines until the new year.