Only a few of the players on our Americans Abroad list were in action this past week during the international break, while a small number played for lower-league clubs in Europe. On the whole, it was a roundly disappointing week for American soccer in general, and every single spot throughout the setup should be evaluated in the coming weeks, meaning some unexpected names could appear in USMNT squads moving forward.
Cameron was called into Bruce Arena’s side, but did not appear in either fixture for the USMNT.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman was not called up for international duty. Bournemouth resume play on Saturday at Tottenham.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams is sidelined with a broken foot suffered on September 16. It’s unclear as of now when he’ll be able to return, although the hope among the Huddersfield camp is that the injury isn’t too severe.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin had an up and down week for the USMNT, as did just about everybody who was called into the setup. Against Panama, Yedlin was solid going forward and helped the backline to what was then an important shutout. Reviews about his game against Trinidad and Tobago appear to be mixed, but there’s no doubt that Yedlin let far too many opposing runners get behind him. For a pacey player, it was strange to see him outrun and outworked in such a manner. He did support the attack decently well, and he is one of a very small group of players who represent the future of the national team.
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 was not called up for international duty. Sheffield United resume play on Saturday against Ipswich.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch was not called up for international duty. Sunderland resume play on Saturday against QPR.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj was not called up for international duty. Forest resume play on Sunday at Derby.
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
Murphy was not called up for international duty. Wednesday resume play on Saturday at Bolton.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream was called into Arena’s team but did not appear in either game.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
Robinson was not called up for international duty. Bolton resume play on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday.
Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi started and played 86 minutes for Dons, who lost 4-1 against Bradford City. The left winger couldn’t do much after Dons received a fifth-minute red card, and he made little impact on the fixture afterwards. Still, another 86 minutes is a good sign for a player who has been in form this season.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes was subbed on after 52 minutes for Scunthorpe, who — despite holding a man advantage for the last 35 minute of the game — fell 2-1 to Wigan Athletic. Holmes was not involved on Scunthorpe’s late consolation goal and was not responsible in any way for Wigan’s second. He did little else of note.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks is still sidelined with a thigh injury, but it appears to be improving faster than once expected. The center back said this week that he is hoping to return to first team training “very soon.”
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler was not called up for international duty. Eintracht resume play on Saturday at Hannover.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was not called up for international duty. Werder resume play on Sunday against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was not called up for international duty. Gladbach resume play on Sunday at Werder Bremen.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie was not called up for international duty. And, while Schalke resume play on Saturday at Hertha Berlin, he is expected to miss the game with a thigh strain. The injury doesn’t appear too bad, though, and the midfielder should be back in a couple of weeks.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
As usual, Pulisic played and performed brilliantly for the USMNT over the two games. He couldn’t drag the team to the result they needed against Trinidad and Tobago, but Pulisic was undoubtedly the U.S.’s best player in both that game and the win over Panama. He scored one and assisted another during a 57-minute stint against the Panamanians, setting up Jozy Altidore for a close-range tap-in after an ingenious touch allowed him to break through on goal and open the scoring. Against T&T, he restored hope for the USMNT early in the second half with a deflected long-range
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Stanko was not called up for international duty. Freiburg resume play on Saturday at Bayern Munich.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Like many of his international teammates, Wood was excellent in the first game of the international break before wilting in the second. The striker was a liveware against Panama, drawing the penalty that led to Altidore’s second goal before nabbing one of his own with a well-placed effort from inside the area. His holdup play also caused problems for the visitors as the USMNT dominated and shined in the final third. However, that performance contrasted significantly with a much quieter effort against T&T in which Wood struggled to get into the game and wasn’t able to help his side earn its spot in the World Cup.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd was not called up for international duty. Darmstadt resume play on Monday against Nurnberg.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
George was not called up for international duty. Jahn Regensburg resume play on Sunday against Union Berlin.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
Gipson was not called up for international duty. Sandhausen resume play on Saturday at Bochum.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten remains sidelined with the thigh injury that has kept him off the field for all but 30 minutes this season.
Haji Wright (Sandhausen, on loan from Schalke)
Wright was not called up for international duty. Sandhausen resume play on Saturday at Bochum.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, on loan from Stuttgart)
Green was not called up for international duty. Greuther Fuerth resume play on Sunday against Erzgebirge Aue.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter was not called up for international duty. Fortuna Dusseldorf resume play on Saturday at Arminia Bielefeld.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was not called up for international duty. Ingolstadt resume play on Saturday at Dynamo Dresden.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath was not called up for international duty. Club Brugge resume play on Sunday at Oostende.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Miazga was not called up for international duty. Vitesse resume play on Sunday at Heracles.
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Novakovich played a huge role for Telstar in a 4-3 win over Volendam, notching a brace to help his team earn its first away win of the season. The striker converted a 45th-minute penalty before coming out on the other side of halftime and adding another two minutes into the second period to extend Telstar’s lead to 3-1, and they held on to earn the win. Novakovich is starting to heat up, as his goals bring his season-long tally to four, all of which have come in the last five games.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne was not called up for international duty. Excelsior resume play on Sunday at ADO Den Haag.
Kenny Saief (Gent, Jupiler League)
Saief suffered a setback to his hernia injury recently and remains out of action. We will keep you informed as more news comes in.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu was not called up for international duty. Reims resume play on Friday at Chateauroux.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Tall was not called up for international duty. Tours resume play on Friday at Valenciennes.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren)
Torres was not called up for international duty. Vitesse resume play on Saturday against St. Truiden.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
It’s unclear if Akale played in Villarreal C’s midweek game against Torre Levante, but he was a substitute in their weekend fixture against Paiporta.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
Both Fulham’s PL 2 and U-18 sides were off this week.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Both Fulham’s PL 2 and U-18 sides were off this week.
Kyle Gruno (Leicester, Premier League)
Likewise, Leicester’s youngsters had no games either.
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Klinsmann remains sidelined for the time being with an ankle injury. We will keep you posted as more information rolls in.
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore did not feature for Atletico Levante in either of their games this week.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
United’s PL 2 side was inactive this week.
Joshua Perez (Livorno Calcio, Lega Pro, on loan from Fiorentina)
Perez was an unused substitute for Livorno in their 1-1 Serie C draw with Arezzo.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Koln II’s match against Alemannia Aachen was postponed, and the U-19 side didn’t play.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
Chelsea’s reserves squads were inactive over the international break.
Joel Sonora (Stuttgart, Bundesliga)
Sonora played all 90 minutes for Stuttgart II in a 4-2 loss to Eintracht Stadtallendorf.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
It is unclear whether or not Taitague played for any of Schalke’s youth sides this week.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Bayern’s second team was inactive this week.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
Weah was twice included in the starting lineup for the U.S. U-17 national team at this week’s World Cup in India. The USMNT advanced out of the group stage with 3-0 and 1-0 wins over India and Ghana, respectively, and while Weah didn’t contribute directly to either goal, he was on the pitch for three of the four during his combined 148 minutes of action.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Werder’s reserves did not play during the international break.