After the miserable week that was for the USMNT, those Americans playing for European teams returned to their clubs with mixed success. We already discussed the poor international break for the Americans, so we’ll focus here instead on what they did for their club sides this past weekend.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron was once again phenomenal Monday, helping Stoke to a 1-0 win at Swansea with another
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
It was another challenging day at the office for Guzan, who was partially responsible for Chelsea’s opener in a 2-0 Aston Villa loss. Guzan hit a hard pass for Joleon Lescott that the center back couldn’t handle, and Willian pounced on the loose ball, feeding it to an open Diego Costa to begin the scoring in the 34th minute. Though Guzan couldn’t do much on Costa’s deflected shot in the 54th minute, which went down as an Alan Hutton own goal, the American keeper will be disappointed with his effort on the afternoon, despite making two saves.
Tim Howard (Everton)
Howard had a difficult afternoon in a 3-0 home loss to former employers Manchester United, making three saves but also conceding three times. Though none of the goals were directly Howard’s fault, he could have done better on the first and third tallies, as he was caught leaning the wrong way both times. After a week in which he made his return to the USMNT following a year away, Howard and his side struggled all afternoon Saturday and now face the unenviable task of trying to get back on track next weekend at Arsenal.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
In Sunderland’s first game under Sam Allardyce, a 1-0 loss to West Brom, Yedlin put forth a decent showing at right back. The 22-year-old had a pair of tackles and six clearances for the Black Cats, who moved to the bottom of the table following Newcastle’s win. Perhaps most importantly, Yedlin didn’t do anything to lose his spot in the lineup, and he and his teammates can draw level with their rivals again with a derby win at home this weekend, though they’ve yet to nab a victory this campaign.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
The 17-year-old was not in the 18-man squad Thursday for Tottenham’s U-21s in a 3-2 win over Norwich City following a late return from international duty.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Zelalem sat out Rangers’ 2-1 win over Queen of the South with a slight injury picked up with the U.S. U-23s.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Cropper remains out after having suffered a knee injury, and his return date is still up in the air.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Following a late return from international duty, Hyndman did not play for any of Fulham’s sides this week. What’s more, recent rumors have Hyndman looking to move elsewhere with his Fulham contract running down, and a variety of teams from across Europe are reportedly interested.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
After picking up a slight injury playing for the USMNT against Costa Rica on Tuesday, Ream did not play for Fulham as the Cottagers earned a scoreless draw at Middlesbrough.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj sat out Forest’s 2-0 loss to Bristol City on Friday night due to a yellow card suspension.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Reading’s U-21 side was again inactive this past week, and Novakovich remains on the outside of the senior squad looking in.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams rebounded from a poor performance with the USMNT on Tuesday with a decent showing off the bench in a 1-0 win over Charlton. The central midfielder came on with his side up a man in the 70th minute and contributed three shots, one on target, in his shift, as Reading drew level with Middlesbrough in second place with a 76th minute Nick Blackman goal.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks made his long-awaited return from injury, but it didn’t go very well, as the young center back came off the bench in the closing minutes only to see Schalke nab a 91st minute winner. Hertha had been down to 10 men for quite a while, but it was still a disappointing return for Brooks.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Like Brooks, Chandler returned from injury as a substitute in a losing effort this week, with his Eintracht side falling 5-1 to Borussia Monchengladbach. After coming on with his side down 2-1 in the 52nd minute, the right back struggled to find his footing, notching just one interception and one blocked pass. Eintracht lost for the third time in four games and now sit precariously just two points above the relegation playoff position.
Green played 180 minutes for Bayern II this week, but his side came up with just one point after a 3-2 loss to Greuther Furth II and a scoreless draw with last-place Schweinfurt. The young attacker failed to find the net in either game.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson sat out his side’s 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich after it was revealed that the striker was suffering from nerve irritation in his hip, and he will almost certainly remain sidelined for at least the next week.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
After the much-publicized spat with Jurgen Klinsmann over whether he had truly been injured against Mexico, Johnson was backed by his club, which announced that he was indeed suffering from muscle tightness upon his return to Germany. Still, Johnson was able to go for Gladbach in the aforementioned victory over Eintracht, hitting the post on one of his two efforts in a 90-minute shift. Johnson also had a pair of tackles and earned a 7.4 match rating on whoscored.com as Gladbach jumped to 10th place with a fourth straight win.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VFB Stuttgart)
Another player who made a late return to his club after playing with the U-23s, Kiesewetter went 89 minutes nonetheless for Stuttgart II on Sunday, picking up a late yellow card in a 2-1 win over Stuttgarter Kickers. Kiesewetter also scored in the U-23’s 2-0 win over Canada on Tuesday.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales played 76 minutes for Ingolstadt as they lost for the first time away from home in the Bundesliga, 1-0 to Stuttgart. It was a tough day for Ingolstadt, as just four of their 12 shots were on target, with Morales missing on his only attempt.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd has suffered a setback in his return from a long-term knee injury and will likely remain on the sidelines into 2016.
Bobby Wood (FC Union Berlin)
Wood played all 90 minutes for Berlin in a 3-3 draw with St. Pauli after playing 45 minutes for the USMNT on Tuesday. He didn’t score in either game, but Wood was a nuisance in both as his club side remained in 13th place following the draw.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
In his first cap for the USMNT, Wooten came off the bench in the 72nd minute in the 1-0 loss to Costa Rica. Though he wasn’t too busy in the game, Wooten showed something to Klinsmann and will hope to get further looks moving forward. Wooten then played 90 minutes as his Sandhausen side won its third straight game, 1-0 against Kaiserslautern, to move up to sixth place in the 2. Bundesliga.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
After missing the CONCACAF Cup tie with Mexico due to illness, Bedoya missed Nantes’ 3-0 win over Troyes on the weekend.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Horvath played 90 minutes for Molde in a 3-1 victory over Mjondalen on Sunday, making four saves. The youngster has been terrific since becoming Molde’s starter a few months ago, and he will hope to continue his superb performances
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht)
Rubin wasn’t selected for Utrecht last week, and he won’t be picked any time soon after news broke that the 19-year-old will undergo foot surgery sometime in the coming week. Rubin has made six appearances so far for Utrecht this year, but he’ll likely have to wait until after the new year for number seven.