Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron once again missed out for Stoke with a knee injury, watching from the stands as the Potters earned a point as West Ham. The bigger drama for Cameron this week surrounded that injury and whether or not he would meet up with the USMNT ahead of the first two games of the Hex. After Mark Hughes implored Jurgen Klinsmann to not call in the injured center back and force the veteran to fly overseas, Klinsmann obliged and left a player who has been on the pitch for every minute of the USMNT’s 2016 World Cup qualifiers and Gold Cup run off the roster.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Once again, Guzan watched from the bench as Victor Valdes and Boro held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad. Valdes did appear to pick up a knock at one point during the contest, but he remained in the game and helped Middlesbrough earn a vital point.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman wasn’t included in Bournemouth’s 18-man roster that lost to visiting Sunderland. The 20-year-old still has yet to appear on the team sheet for a Premier League game this season, his first year with the Cherries after moving from Fulham in the summer.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse)
Miazga was in the center of Vitesse’s defense Sunday and played a big role in the contest, although his side threw away a lead in a 2-1 loss to Heracles. With the game still scoreless early in the second half, Miazga put a header from the penalty spot off the woodwork, his only shot on the day. Vitesse would go ahead moments later, but Heracles struck back four minutes after that and got the win with a 74th minute penalty (which Miazga did not concede). The 21-year-old was at the heart of things for Vitesse throughout the match, finishing with the most passes and touches of any player in the side while making two tackles and four clearances. Miazga also passed at an 82 percent rate, which, considering the high volume of passes he attempted, constitutes a solid day in that department, although he and his team will be disappointed with the manner of their defeat.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
After cracking the starting lineup in the EFL Cup last week against Liverpool, Carter-Vickers took up his normal spot on the bench twice this week, watching a loss to Bayer Leverkusen and a draw with Arsenal from the dugout. However, on Sunday, the 18-year-old got a big piece of news when Klinsmann called him into the USMNT squad for the first time. The center back has opened eyes with his rapid rise through the Spurs system, and Klinsmann will be eager to cap-tie the dual national, who is also eligible to represent England internationally.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
As has been a theme of late, Gooch was brought on in the final seconds of Sunderland’s first win of the season over Bournemouth, entering in the 93rd minute. He wasn’t on the pitch long before the final whistle, but he was in the game long enough to pick up a yellow card and have a shot blocked. Like Carter-Vickers, the dual national was called up by Klinsmann, who will be hoping to have the chance to give Gooch an appearance that would cap-tie him to the USMNT.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem did not feature for any of Arsenal’s sides this week, although he was training with the senior side ahead of the North London derby tie against Tottenham. With the Gunners having qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to spare, there’s a decent chance that Zelalem could see action in Europe some time within the next month as Arsene Wenger gears up for the knockout stages, but that’s by no means a certainty.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream came on in the dying seconds of Fulham’s 2-0 win over Brentford and helped the Cottagers see out the victory, although his only touch of the ball was a throw in.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
Fulham’s U-23 side did not play this week, and de la Torre wasn’t included in the senior side that beat Brentford.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
In a 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers, Lichaj was one of Forest’s best players on the pitch, earning a 7.2 whoscored.com match rating and helping 10-man Forest hang on to a point against QPR. Deployed as a left wingback in a 3-5-2, Lichaj recorded a game-high five tackles, won two aerial battles, and completed two dribbles, also picking up a yellow card in stoppage time. Lichaj has now started and gone 90 minutes in Forest’s last 13 games in all competitions and has been one of the side’s most reliable contributors over that stretch, although it hasn’t earned him a look from Klinsmann for the upcoming matches.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
With the U-23s inactive, Novakovich did not play in any games this week for Reading.
Danny Williams (Reading)
While he didn’t score or record an assist, Williams was a vital cog in Reading’s midfield during a 3-0 away win over Wigan. The 27-year-old recorded a game-high five tackles and passed at an 88 percent clip to
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
Spector went 90 minutes for Birmingham in a league draw away to Huddersfield. The right back struggled to make much of an impact in the contest, completing just 65 percent of his passes despite finishing with the second-most touches of any Blues player and giving away possession four times. He’s been a consistent member of the Birmingham starting squad, but Spector hasn’t been playing particularly well of late and will look for improvement after the international break.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Conversely, Yedlin has been excellent recently, and he was again a standout in Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Cardiff. In addition to passing at a 79 percent clip and winning three aerials, Yedlin tallied an assist on Newcastle’s game-winning goal, cutting in from the right and slipping a nifty pass through to Yoan Gouffran, who beat the keeper to give the Magpies a two-goal lead just before the halftime whistle. It was Yedlin’s second assist of the season as the USMNT mainstay — who again earned a spot in Klinsmann’s team this week — continues to find his footing with his new club, which sits atop the table in England’s second tier.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
Ariyibi played 180 minutes for Chesterfield this week, first in a 2-0 League One loss to Coventry and then in a 2-1 FA Cup triumph over Colchester. As has been a theme all season, Ariyibi was dangerous for the Spireites in both contests, winning a number of free kicks against Coventry and seeing a shot cleared off the line. On the weekend, he played a big part in Chesterfield’s opener by winning a tackle in the Colchester half which ended up at the foot of Jay O’Shea, who beat the keeper to give the Spireites the lead. Chesterfield will face Wycombe Wanderers in the second round of the competition the weekend of December 3.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes went 68 minutes in Scunthorpe’s FA Cup defeat to Charlton. He was dangerous throughout the match, helping create a few dangerous chances for striker Kevin van Veen and hitting the outside of the post himself, but it wasn’t enough to help the Iron advance to the second round of the competition as they lost 3-1. Still, the winger has found his footing at his new club and looks to be an important part of the league leaders’ promotion chase.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd was again absent from the Leipzig first-team squad which pulled level with leaders Bayern Munich thanks to a 3-1 win over Mainz. However, the striker did find the net for the reserves in a draw Budissa Bautzen as he continues to make progress in his return from a long-term knee injury.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
In a 3-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach, Brooks put forth a sterling display in the center of the Hertha
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler again was deployed as a right wingback and helped his side to a 1-0 win over Koln. In the fifth minute, Chandler’s cross took a looping deflection which Mijat Gacinovic headed into the back of the net for the game's only goal. He hasn’t been playing his best football lately, but Chandler has been a pest getting forward, and even though he was not credited with an assist, it was still his positive play which led to the tally. Frankfurt have gone four straight in the Bundesliga without losing and are only out of a European place on goal differential.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green did not make appearances for either Bayern’s senior or reserve side this week, but he did make the USMNT’s 26-man roster which will play Mexico and Costa Rica this week.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Like Green, Johannsson did not appear for his club side this weekend but was called into the USMNT squad by Klinsmann.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was subbed on in the 33rd minute for Gladbach, but he could not rescue his team from a 2-0 deficit in the aforementioned loss to Hertha. The winger was able to record a couple of shots during his time on the pitch, but didn’t do much else of note. To little surprise, he will also be joining the USMNT for the international break.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales is struggling to find first-team minutes for Ingolstadt as he was again left off the 18-man roster which lost to Augsburg 2-0.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic was heavily involved in Dortmund’s 5-2 win over Hamburg this weekend. The 18-year-old began his work early when he darted down the left flank and squared a ball that ultimately ended up in Dortmund's first tally of the day. Then, early in the second period, Pulisic was rewarded with an assist when his short pass to Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang was dispatched by the striker from 18 yards out for Aubameyang’s fourth goal of the contest. More good news came for the youngster when it was announced he would be in the USMNT squad.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
Stanko was an unused sub for Vaduz in a goalless draw with Grasshopper. He is not seeing consistent minutes for the Liechtenstein side, but apparently Stanko has
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood is sidelined at the moment, as he served the first of a three-game ban in the loss to Dortmund for a red card last week. He will get a chance to play during his club break, however, as he will be joining the USMNT this week.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse started and played 68 minutes for Bochum in a 2-1 loss to Greuther Fuerth. The midfielder received a first-half yellow card and was subbed off just after his team equalized after the break to make the game 1-1, so he was not on the field when the side capitulated and ultimately lost.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter logged a full shift as Dusseldorf were smacked 3-0 by Dynamo Dresden. He couldn’t get much going in the attack, but that’s as much down to Fortuna’s defensive struggles in the contest. Dusseldorf still sit in sixth place, however, so they are in a fine position.
Fafa Picault (St. Pauli)
Picault started and played 82 minutes for St. Pauli in a 1-0 loss to Wuerzburger Kickers. It’s the striker’s first start since August, which is a good sign, but he has yet to net this season, so unless he gets on track soon, it could be a long year ahead.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten started and played a massive role in Sandhausen’s 3-2 victory over 1860 Munich. With the score knotted up at two, Wooten received a layoff from a teammate in the box and was able to slice his shot into the corner of the net for what would be the game-winning tally in the 73rd minute. It is the striker’s fourth goal in his last five games as Wooten looks for a strong season in Germany’s second tier.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu did not make the 18-man roster for Reims, who beat Strasbourg 2-1.
Ethan Horvath (Molde, Tippeligaen)
Horvath again watched from the from the bench as Molde lost their last game of the season 1-0 to Lillestrom. Molde finished the campaign in fifth place, with Horvath starting 22 of their 30 matches.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Johnsen started and put in a solid 80-plus minutes for Hearts before being removed for a sub in a 2-2 draw with St. Johnstone. Though he didn’t make an impact on the scoresheet, Johnsen was involved in a scramble which led to the first goal and had a couple of other quality efforts on the day. In a weird twist of fate, Johnsen was subbed off with a 1-1 scoreline on the board before a wild finish saw each team score in the last five minutes.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen logged a full 90 minutes for Hearts in the aforementioned wild fixture. He did little of note during the match, though is probably a bit disappointed by his backline conceding late, even though his attackers made up for it moments later. Hearts are putting together a solid season, as they currently sit in fourth, just two points back of second.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne was not a part of the Groningen squad which drew 1-1 with NEC Nijmegen.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht, Eredivisie)
Rubin was an unused sub as Utrecht beat Excelsior 2-1.