With most of Europe taking the week off for the international break, here’s a quick roundup of the Americans abroad and what they’ve been up to this week, either for their club sides or the national team.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
One of five Americans to play the full 90 minutes in Friday’s 2-0 win over Cuba, Cameron put forth a typically solid display in the center of defense. He was caught out a few times on Cuban counterattacks, but the veteran defender showed his experience and calmness throughout in ensuring that the hosts couldn’t break through. After the contest, Cameron was released from the USMNT squad and will rejoin Stoke as the Potters try to fight their way out of the relegation zone.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
With Jurgen Klinsmann choosing to try out his
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman did not earn a spot in the USMNT squad and also remained in England has he tries to work his way into Bournemouth’s squad.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse)
Miazga stayed in the Netherlands over the international break as he tries to earn a consistent starting spot for his loan club Vitesse.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
There have been recent calls for Klinsmann to cap-tie Carter-Vickers, but he wasn’t called into the senior side this week. However, the center back did earn a spot in the U-20 team that played three times in the Four Nations Tournament last week, and he was involved twice, captaining the side in a 1-0 loss to Germany and a 2-0 defeat to England. It’s unclear how he played in the contests, but what is certain is that Carter-Vickers is loaded with potential and remains a vital piece of the USMNT’s future.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch earned his first callup to the USMNT senior side, but he remained on the bench against Cuba. He stayed with the team and will be in the squad for Tuesday’s match against New Zealand in Washington, D.C., and there’s reason to expect to see him on the pitch at some point in the contest.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
He was unsurprisingly not included in the USMNT squad, but Zelalem did make the U-20 side and start in all three games. While the Americans were held off the board by England and Germany, Zelalem was heavily involved in the attack during the second game of the tournament, a 5-3 loss to the Netherlands, as he twice assisted goals by Jeremy Ebobisse with crosses into the box.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream wasn’t included in the USMNT squad this week and instead remained in London as he looks to build on a pair of solid performances for Fulham.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre started twice for the U-20 team this week, in the losses to Germany and England. The 18-year-old couldn’t help the Americans find the net in either, but he is still a high-potential prospect in the USMNT pipeline.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
While he continues to perform well for Forest, Lichaj remains on the outside of the USMNT picture looking in, and he wasn’t included in Klinsmann’s squad this week.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Playing in the Checktrade Trophy (formerly the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy) for a Reading U-23 side last Tuesday, Novakovich found the net in the early going as the Royals earned a shootout victory over Portsmouth. The forward slotted home after a good cutback from a teammate, and he had a second-half effort deflected into the keeper’s hands. Despite throwing away a lead, Reading earned an extra point with the win in the shootout, which (due to the strange rules of the competition) means the side can move onto the knockout stage of the tournament with a win in its final group game against Yeovil on November 9.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams was a 69th minute substitute for the USMNT against Cuba, helping the Americans see out the win by strengthening the midfield for the final 20-plus minutes. He returned to Reading after the contest.
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
As expected, Spector wasn’t included in the USMNT side and instead remained in England.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin played the first half in the win over Cuba. He didn’t really make much of an impact in the game, although he defended well for the most part. He’ll hope to have a bigger effect on Tuesday’s game against New Zealand.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
Despite going 90 minutes for Chesterfield in the Checktrade Trophy, Ariyibi struggled to stamp his name on the contest as Chesterfield lost 4-1 to Accrington Stanley. The winger wasn’t able to create his usual danger, but he is unlikely to lose his place, especially considering the fact that he’s been one of the best players for the Spireites this season.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
After remaining on the bench in Scunthorpe’s Checktrade Trophy win over Shrewsbury, Holmes was in the starting lineup for the Iron as they drew 1-1 with Northampton. He did little of note in the fixture and didn’t play a part in Scunthorpe’s goal, scored from a free kick, although the side remained atop the League One table with the point.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
He hasn’t yet returned to the RB Leipzig senior lineup, but Boyd did make a big return this week. He wasn’t included in the USMNT’s squad against Cuba, but with the shuffling of the roster, Boyd was among those called up for the game against New Zealand. He’ll hope to make what’s sure to be an emotional return in Tuesday’s contest.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks played the first half against Cuba alongside Cameron in the center of the USMNT defense. He wasn’t at his usual best, likely in part due to the choppy pitch, as Cuba was able to have some success on the counter attack. Still, he played his part in keeping a clean sheet, and now the 23-year-old has returned to Germany with the goal of regaining his place in the Hertha side after missing the past few contests with a groin injury. His club faces Dortmund on Friday in a battle between the second- and third-placed teams in the Bundesliga.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler was subbed on for DeAndre Yedlin at halftime and helped the USMNT preserve a clean sheet against Cuba in his return to the national side. There were some shaky moments for the defense, but most of the Cuban attacks came down the left flank, so Chandler was largely uninvolved.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green was a nuisance all day against Cuba, providing a spark with both his passing and by creating opportunities for himself to shoot. The left winger found tons of space on the flank, and barring one chance where he was too selfish with the squad on a 3-vs.-2 counter attack, the youngster made the most of his opportunities. His hard work was rewarded twice; first, his tricky shot produced a rebound for Chris Wondolowski to finish from close range. Then, Green would turn goalscorer as he got on the end of a squared ball from Wondo and finished from two yards out. Given the poor pitch conditions, it was a very solid game for a player who relies on quick, precise moves.
Johannsson was not called up to the USMNT this week. He remained in Germany to continue to grow with Bremen.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was surprisingly uninvolved in the USMNT match despite logging a full 90 minutes in Havana. The left back, who quite often can be a spark to the attack, was far outshined by others on the pitch, and he struggled at times defensively as well. It’s not a bad thing necessarily, as the USMNT is still trying to find its best roster, and Johnson is certainly in the country’s top XI.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was not given a USMNT call up.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic struggled to create solid opportunities in the first half against Cuba and, with Klinsmann tinkering around, was subbed out for Wondolowski at halftime. The offense was lackluster in the first half, and while Pulisic did help produce some chances, he didn’t make a mark on the fixture. It should be taken with a grain of salt, however, as the pitch did not do any favors for the Dortmund starlet (or the rest of the side either).
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
After his surprise nod during the last international break, Stanko was left off of the roster this go around.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Though he was subbed off just minutes before the 62nd-minute opening tally, Wood put a very solid foot forward and looked to by in sync with his teammates up top against Cuba. Despite the conditions, Wood, Green, and Jozy Altidore all linked up well from both short range and latching onto long balls, and given his knack for goal, it's only a matter of time before Wood’s European form bursts into the USMNT.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canounse was not called into the USMNT, and the 2. Bundesliga followed the top flight with a full week off for the international break.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter continues to be on the outside looking in on the USMNT radar, as he often is for Dusseldorf as well.
Fafa Picault (St. Pauli)
Picault did not receive a call up, instead staying with St. Pauli, who currently sit in last place.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Just like the other 2. Bundesliga players, Wooten was not in the USMNT roster.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu didn’t make the USMNT roster, but with Reims sitting in first place in Ligue 2, good things could be on the horizon for the 20-year-old.
Ethan Horvath (Molde, Tippeligaen)
Horvath started and kept a solid clean sheet for the USMNT in Cuba. He wasn’t too troubled on the day, but Horvath did have to make a couple of nice saves and was also the beneficiary of a pair of shots that he could do little about hitting the post. The keeper did have one worrisome moment when he misplayed a cross, but overall, it was a very good performance in his first-ever cap.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Johnsen was not called into the USMNT squad for the break.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen was an unused substitute against Cuba but was one of the few internationally based players to remain on the roster for Tuesday’s friendly against New Zealand. By keeping him around, Klinsmann is giving a good indication that Kitchen might earn his fifth cap against the Kiwis.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne was not involved for either the USMNT’s senior side or U-20 squad this week.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht, Eredivisie)
He wasn’t included in the USMNT squads this week, but Rubin did play for Utrecht in a friendly draw with de Graafschap. The match finished scoreless, and it’s not quite clear how much of an impact Rubin had.