Tim Ream (Fulham)
After missing more than a month due to injury, Ream made a noteworthy return this week for Fulham, playing just over an hour in a 3-1 Carabao Cup win over Millwall before going the distance in a 3-0 loss to Everton, Ream’s first Premier League appearance since 2012. The only goal the Cottagers conceded in the former came from a scrappy corner kick moments before Ream was subbed off, but the center back had a decent showing to get his legs back under him in the cup. On the weekend, he was again in the starting XI and performed admirably, tallying a game-high seven interceptions and four clearances while completing 84 percent of his 51 pass attempts. He was a step slow in closing down the cross that led to Everton’s second tally and the shot that ended in the Toffees’ third, but neither was Ream’s fault alone. Now that he’s back in the lineup, Ream — Fulham’s player of the season a year ago — should quickly re-establish himself as a key member of the starting XI.
Once again, Williams was not in the Huddersfield 18-man squad that lost 2-0 to Tottenham. The midfielder has yet to appear in a league match for the Terriers this season.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin had a less-than-stellar 80-minute shift for Newcastle in their 2-0 home loss to Leicester on the weekend. Playing in his usual spot as Rafa Benitez’s starting right back, Yedlin had a moment to forget on the half-hour mark, leaping to block a shot with his arms raised and away from his body. The effort struck Yedlin’s arm, and the referee pointed to the penalty spot, with Jamie Vardy converting to put the Foxes in front. The 25-year-old wasn’t to blame on Leicester’s other goal, but it’s still an afternoon he’ll hope to move past quickly. Other than the penalty, Yedlin recorded three clearances and one tackle, but his overall impacted wasn’t too significant. Poor showing aside, he was unsurprisingly called into the USMNT camp that begins next week, and he’ll likely figure to be a key cog for Dave Sarachan’s side for their matches with Colombia on October 11 and Peru on October 16.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers was an unused substitute for Swansea in their 3-0 win over QPR on Saturday. Despite making just two league appearances so far (only one start), the 20-year-old center back will be in the USMNT squad next week.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
In a 1-0 loss at Norwich City, Robinson had a quiet 90 minutes at left back. The only goal conceded by Wigan came from the penalty spot, and Robinson played no part in giving away the spot kick, but he still had a fairly low-impact game. The 21-year-old had three interceptions, two tackles, two aerial wins, and a successful dribble, but he was also guilty of losing possession a team-high five times. Despite the defeat, the Latics sit in a lofty eighth place through 10 Championship games, and Robinson has played every minute. He’ll hope to continue that strong stretch with the USMNT after he was called up Monday.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
As it was for most Americans in the Bundesliga, this was a busy week for Brooks, who played 180 league minutes over a pair of Wolfsburg draws. He was better in the first game, collecting five clearances, three aerial wins, and two tackles to help the Wolves to a clean sheet in a scoreless draw with Mainz. On the weekend, in a 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach, Brooks had a less impressive day. He won four aerials but missed the net with his only two shots at the other end, picked up a first-half yellow card, and was among the guilty parties on Gladbach’s second, jogging back up the pitch following a corner and missing a few chances to potentially stop the Gladbach counter that ended in a goal before it even started. Since winning their first two league games, Wolfsburg have three draws and a defeat, although Brooks has been one of their best players throughout the early part of the campaign. He will also make the trip stateside to join up with the USMNT.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler is expected to miss around six months after undergoing knee surgery. He isn’t slated to return until at least the new year.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Still nursing an ankle injury, Johannsson didn’t make either of Bremen’s squads last week. Werder beat Hertha Berlin 3-1 before losing 2-1 to Stuttgart.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was a 73rd-minute substitute for Gladbach in a 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt before sitting as an unused sub in the aforementioned draw with Wolfsburg. Against Frankfurt, Johnson came on with the score 2-0, but he wasn’t involved — positively or negatively — in either goal that followed. The 30-year-old has settled into a role as a valuable rotation option for Gladbach, but the fact that he didn’t start in either of their two league matches this week is an indication that he is no longer the vital player for the Foals that he once was.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
There were fears that McKennie would be out for a substantial period of time after suffering a thigh injury in last weekend’s 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich, but those worries were put to rest this weekend. After missing Schalke’s 1-0 midweek defeat to Freiburg, McKennie was back in the 18-man squad on Saturday and entered in the 62nd minute with the Royal Blues up 1-0 on Mainz. The 20-year-old made his mark defensively in helping Schalke seal the win by that same scoreline, recording three successful tackles, two interceptions, and a clearance while consistently breaking up Mainz attacks. He also completed eight of his 10 pass attempts, one of which was a key pass. The win is Schalke’s first of the season and lifts them off the bottom of the Bundesliga table. McKennie will also join the USMNT next week.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales logged 180 minutes for Dusseldorf this week in a pair of losses, 2-1 to Leverkusen and 3-0 to Nurnberg. As expected in two defeats, it wasn’t the central midfielders’ best outings, and he picked up a yellow card in both, meaning he’s now just three away from suspension. He didn’t really fill the stat sheet in either contest, but he did win seven aerials in the latter while passing at an 85 percent clip, so despite the worse result, it was his better game. He combined for five shots between the matches.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Interestingly enough, Dortmund played the same two sides in reverse order, but they fared much better, battering Nurnberg 7-0 in the midweek before beating Leverkusen 4-2. Pulisic played all 90 in the first match and made it through 70 in the second, but he didn’t make much of an impact on the scoresheet in either, recording just one assist on the 11 combined goals. The assist was tantalizing though, nine minutes into the match against Nurnberg when Pulisic cut inside, juked two men and drove at the defense before lifting a perfectly weighted ball over the
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman did not feature in either of Nurnberg’s aforementioned fixtures.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Wood sat on the bench in a 3-1 loss to Hoffenheim and then entered at halftime against Frankfurt, providing an assist in the second half on his side’s only goal in a 4-1 defeat. The assist was pretty nice, to say the least, as Wood his man for pace into the box before driving a bouncing ball hard across the area and right to the foot of Florent Muslija for a tap in. It’s good to see him on the scoresheet, but Hannover are in last place with two points and have a lot to clean up. Wood will get a chance to clear his head from his club side next week when he joins the USMNT for their match against Colombia.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green didn’t play on the weekend in a 1-0 win against Dynamo Dresden but did start and go 90 minutes –– being removed for a sub in stoppage time –– in a goalless draw with Hamburg. His performance in that game may well have led to his benching. Starting at right forward, Green did very little, and despite passing at a 94 percent clip, he didn’t have a shot or fill the stat sheet in any other way. He was called into the USMNT roster by Dave Saranchan.
Matt Miazga (Nantes, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga went 180 minutes this week for Nantes, but he will want to forget his performances in a 2-1 loss to Nice and a 1-1 draw with Lyon. He wasn’t directly responsible for any goal, but in the former, he did allow Christophe Jallet to sneak behind, and though he caught up, Jallet ended up providing the assist after collecting the ball and picking up his head with time. Miazga was also beaten on a corner that resulted in another good scoring chance in that match and picked up a yellow card. In the second game, Miazga was caught on VAR dragging a man back in the box late, resulting in a penalty kick that would have lost his side the game had it not been for a heroic save from keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu. He picked up another yellow on that play and is now one away from suspension with four. It was a week to forget, but that doesn’t really hurt Miazga’s high USMNT stock, and, of course, he was called into the side.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu again played twice this week for Rennes but couldn’t move the needle in a 2-1 loss to Amines and a 1-1 draw with Toulouse. Against Amines, he played the first hour but was removed after his side were shown a red card. In the second, the forward subbed on with just 10 minutes to play but couldn’t find a winner.
Timothy Weah (PSG)
Weah did not make either roster for PSG this week, but he was called into the USMNT set up.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovich was not needed as Fortuna Sittard smacked second-tier Helmond Sport in the KNVB Cup, but he did start and go 90 minutes in a 2-0 league loss to Ajax on the weekend. He won an impressive nine aerials on the day but passed at a paltry 38 percent, completing eight of his 21 passes. He also recorded three shots. Novakovich was called into the USMNT camp, where he will hope to earn his third cap.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown sat twice this week for Breda, in a pair of 2-0 losses, the first to RKC Waalwijk, knocking them out of the KNVB Cup, and the second coming to PSV.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron did not make the QPR squad that lost to Blackpool 2-0 in the Carabao Cup, but he went 90 minutes for Rangers on the weekend in their aforementioned 3-0 loss to Swansea.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj played 90 minutes at left back in Hull’s 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough. He wasn’t involved in either of the game’s goals.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest, Championship)
Despite scoring for the Forest U-23s a week ago, Ariyibi does not appear any closer to the Forest senior side, twice missing the 18-man squad this week.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Likewise, Holmes was absent from both the Derby squad that beat Manchester United on penalties in the Carabao Cup and the one that lost 1-0 to Bolton in Championship action. He did, however, play for the U-23 side in a Premier League International Cup draw with PSG.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch played 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with Coventry. He remained on the pitch through the full-time whistle despite picking up a hamstring injury late on, however, and has already been ruled out of the Black Cats’ midweek matchup with Peterborough, although it’s unclear whether or not he’ll be forced to miss more than that one game.
Emerson Hyndman (Hibernian, on loan from Bournemouth, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman played twice this week for Hibs, first going 90-plus minutes in a scoreless Cup draw with Aberdeen in which Hibs were eliminated on penalties, then playing 64 minutes in a 1-0 win over St. Mirren.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Stanko continues to be sidelined by injury and missed out on both of Freiburg’s matches this week.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
After serving as an unused substitute in Darmstadt’s 2-1 loss to Arminia Bielefeld, Boyd was a late introduction in their 4-2 defeat to Holstein Kiel, coming on with all of the goals already scored in the 82nd minute.
McKinze Gaines (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Gaines did not appear for Darmstadt in either game.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George started twice and had a big week for Regensburg, first assisting on the final (and winning) goal in a 2-1 victory over Heidenheim before then finishing the scoring from the penalty spot in their 3-1 weekend win over Duisburg.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson didn’t appear in either of Sandhausen’s squads this week.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten started twice this week and played plus or minus 70 minutes in each, scoring a beauty in the first en route to a 2-0 win over Erzgebirge Aue; the second was a 1-0 loss to Magdeburg. The tally was a sweet one-time finish off a cutback ball on a play he created with some nice passing and movement. The clip of the goal can be seen in this video starting at 1:49.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
In similar fashion to Wooten, Gyau played twice and scored once, scoring his side’s tally in a 3-1 loss to Jahn Regensburg before subbing on very late in a 3-3 draw with Magdeburg. Gyau smashed home a half volley from short range after some admittedly poor defense, but he took the chance really well nonetheless.
Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford played 45 minutes for Heidenheim, being removed at halftime in their afotmeniotend loss to Regensburg, before sitting in a 3-2 win over Bochum.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath finally appeared for Brugge this week, but he will want to forget it as his side were eliminated from the Belgian Cup by third tier K.M.S.K. Deinze. Horvath did get called into the USMNT, though.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike played 180 minutes for Kortrijk this week a 1-0 cup win over Harlebeke and a 3-1 loss to Eupen.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief didn’t play in the cup but did sub on with 10 minutes to play in a goalless draw with St. Truiden. He was also called into the USMNT.
Kekuta Manneh (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Manneh started and went 60-plus minutes in a 2-0 loss to Young Boys in the midweek but did not feature on the weekend.
Shaq Moore (CF Reus, on loan from Levante, Segunda Liga)
Moore started again for CF Reus, going 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Almeria.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne remains sidelined with a long-term injury.
Kyle Scott (SC Telstar, on loan from Chelsea, Eerste Divisie)
Scott did not play in a 5-0 midweek cup loss but did play an hour in a 1-0 win over FC Oss.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall was first a sub, then a starter this week for Malmo, playing the final 15 minutes of a 3-1 loss to Norrkoping before being subbed off after an hour in a goalless draw with GIF Sundsvall.
A handful of the players on our youth list made noise in one way or another this week, and the news was overwhelmingly positive. First and foremost, we have two new entries, one of which is very significant: 19-year-old Jonathan Amon, currently enjoying a breakout season in Denmark with Nordsjaelland. His excellent form has Amon firmly on the USMNT radar, and the speedy winger was called into the team for next week’s matches. He’ll stay on the youth list for now, but don’t be surprised if he starts to get a little more notice in the coming weeks and months. Additionally, 16-year-old Feyenoord midfielder Jamie Dunning joins the youth list after being called into the USMNT U-17 team for an upcoming four-team tournament in Mexico. Elsewhere, the Carabao Cup provided an opportunity for two youngsters to play for their first teams, although one of whom, QPR’s Niko Hamalainen, has played extensively for Finnish youth national teams, so he won’t be added to the list unless
Jonathan Amon (FC Nordsjaelland, Danish Superliga)
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, Premier League)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, Premier League)
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Premier League)
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United, Premier League)
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Championship)
Chris Gloster (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Zyen Jones (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Haji Wright (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga, on loan from FC Dallas)
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, 2. Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Akil Watts (Mallorca, Segunda Division)
Sergino Dest (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Jamie Dunning (Feyenoord, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Eryk Williamson (Santa Clara, Primeira Liga, on loan from Portland Timbers)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Juan Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Jupiler League)