Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron continued to display his versatility for Stoke, lining up as a defensive midfielder in the Potters’ important 2-0 win over Sunderland, their first of the season. Though he didn’t make an impact on either of the tallies, Cameron was solid in the center of the park, passing at 86 percent and recording a pair of shots. It was a quiet, yet positive, game, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed as the three points boosted Stoke up to 18th. More importantly, for the first time all year, they look like they might break out of the relegation zone.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Guzan was an unused sub as Boro lost 1-0 to Watford.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman was not in the Bournemouth squad which smacked Hull 6-1.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse)
Miazga was at the heart of the Vitesse defense for a disappointing 2-2 draw with AZ Alkmaar. Though he did win three tackles and one aerial during the match, Miazga was part of a backline that conceded twice in the last 12 minutes, giving up their two-goal advantage and ultimately ending with a draw.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers was not in the 18-man roster as Tottenham drew West Brom 1-1.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Though he was an unused sub against Stoke, Gooch made his first ever USMNT appearance earlier in the week against New Zealand, coming on with half an hour to play. After entering the pitch, the side’s 1-0 lead evaporated, and the day ended in a 1-1 draw. Still, Gooch impressed in his first look getting time for the USMNT, and it’s a major step in the right direction for the 20-year-old.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem logged a full 90 minutes for Arsenal's U-23s in a goalless draw with Southampton. It wasn’t the desired result for Zelalem, but in a postgame interview, Zelalem spoke highly about his partnership in the center of the park with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, as the two are a budding dynamic duo in the Gunners’ academy.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream started at center back for Fulham in a 4-2 win over Barnsley. It wasn’t his best performance, ending with an average 6.5 rating on whoscored.com, but Barnsley has the third-best offense in the league with 23 goals scored, so conceding two while his side was attacking and able to score four is hardly a bad day at the office. Ream also passed at a more than impressive 90 percent and, since his move to centre back, has been finding a lot more time on the field for the Cottagers.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre played a full 90 minutes as the Fulham U-23 side was defeated 2-0 by Swansea. He doesn’t look like cracking the first team too soon, but he has been getting valuable minutes for both the USMNT U-20s and Fulham academy teams lately.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj logged 90 minutes for Forest and scored a cracker of a goal in a 3-1 win over Birmingham. In the 32nd minute, Lichaj snuck into the box and took a crossfield ball off his chest before deftly touching it past the defender –– out of mid air –– and smashing his shot from a tight angle past the keeper and just inside the far post. That broke the goalless deadlock and got Forest on their way to a quality win. It was the outside back’s only shot and only dribble of the entire game, but he certainly made his moment worth it.
Novakovich started and scored a seemingly massive 15-minute brace for Reading’s U-23s; however, their Everton counterparts stormed back to ultimately win 6-3. The youngster remains outside of Reading’s first team, but if he can continue to score goals consistently, he could earn a shot some time in the near future.
Danny Williams (Reading)
After coming on for the last 25 minutes of the USMNT’s disappointing draw with New Zealand, Williams came up massive for Reading, scoring the Royals’ only goal in a 1-1 draw with QPR. Williams glided to the back post and met a quality cross lofted by teammate Gareth McCleary, volleying across his body and past the keeper to equalize the contest in the 21st minute. From there on, Williams was solid as ever, and earned Reading, who sit in eighth, a big point.
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
Spector was not in the 18-man roster which lost to Lichaj’s Forest.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin made a substitute appearance for the Magpies after playing 90 minutes for the USMNT against New Zealand. In the weekend appearance, the right back was brought on with 20 minutes to play in a measure to preserve a 3-1 lead, and Newcastle did just that, ultimately defeating Brentford.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
Ariyibi continues to get minutes for Chesterfield, playing 90 in a 1-0 loss to Southend. He wasn’t able to help his squad get on the scoresheet, but minutes are crucial for the 21-year-old at this stage of his development.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes played 61 minutes for Scunthorpe in a 2-1 win over MK Dons. He didn’t do much of note in the game, as both goals were scored after he was off the pitch, but he did pick up a 21st-minute yellow card.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd was not part of RB Leipzig’s squad which got yet another big win, this time 1-0 over Wolfsburg. More importantly, Boyd made his long-anticipated return to the USMNT, coming on in the 88th minute against New Zealand. He hasn’t yet played for Leipzig in the Bundesliga, but it was a monumental step in his recovery from serious knee problems nonetheless.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
As per usual, Brooks was at center back for Hertha as they were able to hold Dortmund to a 1-1- draw. Brooks had a quiet fixture overall, winning just one tackle and one aerial, but he led his side with six clearances as it held an often deadly Dortmund attack to a single tally. It is results like this that took Hertha far last year, and they again have started the season really well, sitting in fourth place.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Facing off with the Bundesliga’s top team brings the best out of some players, and Chandler was one of those Saturday in a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich. Playing at right wing back in a bank of five but given the license to move forward freely, Chandler put forth a man-of-the-match display, tallying an assist on the game-tying goal, hitting the woodwork, and doing his defensive work as well, recording team-highs of four aerials won and five tackles. His assist wasn’t actually one of his better moments, as Chandler’s attempted shot was well off the mark but cannoned straight to Marco Fabian, who chested it past Manuel Neuer to equalize in the 78th minute. Chandler’s shot in the 14th minute was actually more impressive, as the right back beat Neuer with a low shot across the face of goal, but hit the inside of the post. The performance earned the 26-year-old an 8.2
Facing off with the Bundesliga’s top team brings the best out of some players, and Chandler was one of those Saturday in a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich. Playing at right wing back in a bank of five but given the license to move forward freely, Chandler put forth a man-of-the-match display, tallying an assist on the game-tying goal, hitting the woodwork, and doing his defensive work as well, recording team-highs of four aerials won and five tackles. His assist wasn’t actually one of his better moments, as Chandler’s attempted shot was well off the mark but cannoned straight to Marco Fabian, who chested it past Manuel Neuer to equalize in the 78th minute. Chandler’s shot in the 14th minute was actually more impressive, as the right back beat Neuer with a low shot across the face of goal, but hit the inside of the post. The performance earned the 26-year-old an 8.2 whoscored.com rating, which was enough for a deserved man-of-the-match nod.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
After his excellent showing against Cuba, Green put together another in the draw against New Zealand, scoring the only goal for the USMNT. The winger picked up the ball inside the New Zealand half, carried it to the corner of the penalty box, and unleashed a low drive that beat Kiwi keeper Stefan Marinovic at his near post. It wasn’t the best of shots, and Marinovic won’t be happy with his part in the goal, but it’s nonetheless another big moment for the youngster. His international displays led Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti to announce that Green will see time for the Bavarians in the next few matches, although that didn’t happen Saturday as he stayed on the bench against Eintracht.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was an unused substitute for Bremen in a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen. He has yet to start under new manager Alexander Nouri, though he did start the season well, meaning it’s likely that the striker will eventually make it back onto the pitch for Werder.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson played 87 minutes as part of a front two for Gladbach, but he was unable to unlock the defense of 10-man Hamburg in a scoreless draw. The 28-year-old had three shots in the contest, one of which forced a good save from Hamburg keeper Rene Adler, the man of the match. However, it wasn’t Johnson’s best day, as he finished with the fewest touches of the ball of any Gladbach starter (24) and didn’t look settled in an unfamiliar position.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
After starting on the bench, Morales played the final 15 minutes plus stoppage time in Ingolstadt’s 2-1 loss to Cologne. He came on well after both of Cologne’s goals and was on the pitch for the penalty goal Ingolstadt converted, though he wasn’t involved in winning the spot kick. Nonetheless, Morales put a decent foot forward, completing all eight of his passes and recording one tackle.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Though he played all 90 minutes and had a few bright moments, Pulisic struggled to sustain his play in the aforementioned draw against Hertha. The 18-year-old completed a game-high five dribbles and put some dangerous crosses into the box, but he also was dispossessed four times, more than any other player, and was noticeably quiet for long stretches. His only shot attempt summed up his day, as Pulisic blazed over after getting into a decent position with Dortmund pushing for a winner in added time. Nonetheless, the red card picked up by fellow young winger Emre Mor —plus Dortmund’s significant injury list — means it’s likely that he’ll remain in the squad this week for the Champions League match at Sporting and the Bundesliga one at Ingolstadt.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
Stanko started and played 83 minutes in Vaduz’s midfield in a 2-0 win over St. Gallen. The win took Vaduz ahead of St. Gallen and into eighth place in the 10-team Swiss Super League, but still just a point ahead of the cellar-dwellars.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood was a 74th minute sub in Hamburg’s draw at Gladbach. With the side desperately holding on for a point following a 25th-minute red card, Wood didn’t have many chances to impress in attack, but he won a pair of aerials and connected on six of his eight passes while helping his side see out the result.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse had an up-and-down day in Bochum’s 2-2 draw with Sandhausen. He was partially responsible for Sandhausen opening the scoring, as he slipped while chasing a loose ball, letting Sandhausen in to score. He later hit the post with a header from a corner, though, as Bochum overturned a 2-0 draw to earn a point. It wasn’t the best game for the 21-year-old, but he will take solace from the fact that he remained on the pitch for the full 90 minutes and helped his team get a result.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
With 15 minutes left, Kiesewetter entered the pitch as Dusseldorf led 1860 Munich 3-0. He would watch his team go down to 10 and concede after coming on, but he nonetheless was on the winning side as Fortuna finished off a 3-1 victory and moved up to seventh in the second division table.
Fafa Picault (St. Pauli)
Picault wasn’t in the St. Pauli squad that fell 2-1 to Erzgebirge Aue and remained mired at the bottom of the standings.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten also went 90 minutes in Sandhausen’s draw with Canouse’s Bochum. He played an active role in Sandhausen’s attack, particularly during a solid first-half display in which he had a pair of shots on goal, but, like his teammates, was stung late by two Bochum second-half goals.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu wasn’t selected in Reims’ team that lost to AC Ajaccio 1-0 on Friday.
Ethan Horvath (Molde, Tippeligaen)
Following his USMNT senior debut, Horvath was back in net for Molde and kept a clean sheet in a scoreless tie with Sogndal. He made three saves and two claims in the contest while playing behind a solid back line that contributed to the shutout. With three games left in the season, Molde is in fourth place, three points back of a Europa League spot, but they have a good chance to make up the gap, as they travel to second-place Brann this weekend while third-place Odds BK visits leaders Rosenborg.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
After coming on as a 72nd-minute substitute against Dundee, Johnsen had two chances to score his first goal for Hearts. His first effort was a redirection of a header that needed an outstanding save by Dundee keeper Scott Bain. His second, though, beat the keeper, as he connected on a low Jamie Walker cross from close range in the 89th minute (goal starts at 4:15) to secure his first goal in Scotland and a 2-0 win for Hearts, who now sit in third place in the Scottish Premiership.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
It was a busy week for Kitchen. First, he made his second USMNT start, going 64 minutes in the midfield and coming off with the side up 1-0. He then went the full 90 minutes for Hearts and once again wore the armband as he continues to shine in a holding midfield role for the Scottish challengers, drawing praise on Twitter for his passion and commitment in the center of the park.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Once again, Payne wasn’t selected for the Groningen side that lost 3-0 to Heerenveen and finished with nine men. The starting left back, Jason Davidson, saw one of those red cards, which could open the door for Payne to earn a start, although given the fact that he seems to be well outside of the manager’s thinking, that doesn’t appear too likely.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht, Eredivisie)
Rubin watched a 3-0 result from the bench, but unlike Payne, he would have enjoyed it as his side won over Go Ahead Eagles to move up to 11th in the league table.