Tim Ream (Fulham)
It was another weekend to forget for Ream, who went the distance at center back in a four-man defense as Fulham lost 4-2 to previously winless Cardiff. This was something of a disastrous performance from the 31-year-old defender, who was at least partially responsible of three of Cardiff’s four goals (a number which doubled their season total entering the match).
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams remains sidelined and missed Huddersfield’s 1-0 loss to Liverpool. It was confirmed this week that the midfielder is dealing with a knee injury that has kept him out rather than manager’s selection, and he said that he’s close to a return to training, although it’s still uncertain just when he’ll be able to play.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin had a fairly quiet day as Newcastle dominated possession and chances but lost 1-0 at home to Brighton. He wasn’t responsible on Brighton’s goal, which came from a corner, and tallied up three aerial wins and a key pass, but he wasn’t as involved going forward as most of his teammates, and he struggled with his crossing on the afternoon. The loss is a damaging one, too, as Newcastle currently sit at the bottom of the Premier League table.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Once again, Carter-Vickers rode the bench for Swansea, who lost 1-0 to Aston Villa. The center back has played just twice for his loan club. At 20, he’s still young, but CCV needs to get himself into the starting XI as soon as possible if he’s ever going to take the next step in his career.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
For the first time all season, Robinson did not start a Championship fixture for Wigan, and his absence from the 18-man squad entirely is conspicuous. Whether he simply hadn’t recovered from the travel to and from USMNT duty in time or picked up a knock somewhere along the way — or was simply dropped for performance — is unclear. There will be more clarity on the situation as soon as Tuesday, when Wigan visit Millwall.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks had a tough task this weekend against Robert Lewandowski and Bayern Munich, and he generally struggled as the Bavarians won 3-1 in Wolfsburg. The center back racked up decent numbers (five clearances, three interceptions, 93 percent passing) but — along with his teammates — had a torrid time against Lewandowski, who finished with two goals and an assist as he dominated the fixture. Brooks was only guilty of a severe misplay on the assist, when he failed to win a tackle off the Pole before he set up James Rodriguez, as other teammates let the side down more on the first two goals. Still, he certainly wasn’t as awake to the danger posed by Lewandowski as he should have been throughout the match, and Wolfsburg have now gone six games without a win after starting the season with two victories.
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)
Johannsson has returned to individual training as he returns from an ankle injury. There is no word about when he might be involved for Bremen on the field.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
After missing out on the 18-man squad a week ago, Johnson was back in the team, but he didn’t make it off the bench in Gladbach’s 4-0 thrashing of Mainz. Winners of five of eight games so far, Gladbach sit in a lofty second place in the Bundesliga table, ahead of Bayern on goal difference.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
Playing in a more advanced role than usual as a second striker, McKennie had a decent overall 90 minutes but couldn’t help lift Schalke, who remain in the doldrums after a 2-0 home loss to Werder Bremen. The 20-year-old was solid on the day, winning five aerials and nabbing two interceptions, and he well could have had an assist on another afternoon as he pulled the strings on four key passes for Schalke. Still, it was another disappointing defeat for the Royal Blues, who have lost six of eight games and sit in the relegation playoff place.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Well, Friday’s match was certainly one for Morales to forget as his side were split open by Eintracht Frankfurt to the tune of a 7-1 pounding. It’s hard to point the blame on a single player in such a beatdown, but it’s safe to say that Morales and the rest of the midfielders didn’t do their jobs in the slightest despite only losing the possession battle 54-46. Morales himself won five aerials on the day.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic came on with his side up 3-0 but still found a way to make an impact, providing an assist on his team’s fourth and final tally in their 4-0 win over Stuttgart. It was really nothing special as the youngster laid the ball into the path of Maximilian Philipp, who dribbled in uncontested before scoring from an angle. The good news is that this did mark a return from injury for Pulisic which, hopefully, means he can also factor into Dortmund’s midweek Champions League contest with Atletico Madrid; it’s sure to be a cracker.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman did not suit up for Nurnberg this week, instead starting and playing over an hour for the reserves.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Up 2-1 and down a man, Wood was the first Hannover player removed for defender Kevin Wimmer in an effort for manager Andre Breitenreiter to preserve the lead; Die Roten could not hold on, however, ultimately
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green was an unused sub for Greuther in a 3-2 win over Arminia Bielefeld.
Matt Miazga (Nantes, on loan from Chelsea)
After three straight poor –– and that is stating it lightly –– games in a row for Nantes, Miazga was completely dropped from the team, not even making the bench this weekend in a 4-0 win over Toulouse. It’s unclear what the cause is, but his struggles are an obvious target. He needs to regroup or face a serious uphill battle to find his way back into the squad.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu still hasn’t made his way back from injury, but no new report about the knock has come out, so it doesn’t appear too serious.
Timothy Weah (PSG)
Weah, unsurprisingly, was not involved for PSG in their 5-0 rout of Amines. There’s a good chance he will look for a loan this winter after being consistently outside of the 18 so far this season.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovic started and went the distance for Sittard in a 3-1 win over De Graafschap. He didn’t get on the scoresheet, but two late goals propelled his side across the line. The forward won eight aerials on the day and recorded four shots.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown did not make the bench for Breda in a 2-2 draw with Willem II.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron put in an influential performance in the center of QPR’s midfield as they beat Ipswich 2-0. The 33-year-old has been in particularly impressive form during QPR’s current three-game unbeaten run, and he has shined all season since arriving on loan from Stoke.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj played 90 minutes as a right wingback in Hull’s 1-1 draw at Preston.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest, Championship)
Ariyibi continues to play with Forest’s U-23 side but is still by all accounts nowhere near a first-team appearance.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Holmes did not feature for any of Derby’s teams this week.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch returned from a hamstring injury with Sunderland scoreless against Shrewsbury in the 54th minute and immediately played a part in both goals, assisting on their 84th-minute clincher with a neat through ball. His efforts in a substitute role earned Gooch a spot in the League 1 Team of the Weekend.
Emerson Hyndman (Hibernian, on loan from Bournemouth, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman played 87 minutes as Hibs lost 4-2 at Celtic. The midfielder wasn’t involved in any of the five goals that were scored during his time on the pitch.
Stanko has not returned from injury.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Boyd tallied five touches in a nine-minute cameo as Darmstadt drew 1-1 with Jahn Regensburg.
McKinze Gaines (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Gaines made the Darmstadt bench for the aforementioned fixture but did not earn his first senior appearance of the season.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George started and played 83 minutes for Regensburg in that draw but was mostly kept quiet in the fixture.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson did not feature for Sandhausen.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten started and converted this penalty on seven minutes en route to a 4-0 win over Ingolstadt. He didn’t have an impact on the scoresheet the rest of the way.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau was not in the Duisburg squad this week.
Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford didn’t make the Heidenheim 18-man squad this week.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath rode the pine in a 1-1 draw with Waasland-Beveren.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike lasted just 30 minutes due to injury in a 3-1 win over St. Truiden. It’s hard to discern just how serious the blow is. More updates to come.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief played the last 20 minutes for Anderlecht in a 4-2 win over Cercle Brugge.
Kekuta Manneh (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Manneh was an unused sub for St. Gallen in a 3-1 loss to Lugano.
Shaq Moore (CF Reus, on loan from Levante, Segunda Liga)
Moore played multiple times in the last few weeks with the Spanish second tier not breaking for the international break. First, he played the last 10 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Gijon, then went the distance against Almeria before sitting on the bench versus Rayo Majadahonda.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne remains sidelined with a long-term injury.
Kyle Scott (SC Telstar, on loan from Chelsea, Eerste Divisie)
Scott’s Telstar also didn’t take a break during the international weekend. Scott scored a penalty in a win over Helmond Sport and and went the distance at attacking mid in a loss to NEC.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall was an unused sub for Malmo in a 2-1 win over Hammarby.
A few nuggets have come out over the past few weeks about some of the youth players on our list. Most notably, it seems like a first-team debut for Werder Bremen is coming in due time for Josh Sargent, as manager Florian Kohfeldt said this week that Sargent is transitioning to becoming a full member of the senior squad. Speaking of playing senior football, Jonathan Amon continues to impress while doing so in Denmark, adding another assist to his growing collection. Sergino Dest and Konrad de la Fuente have also taken steps forward over the past few weeks, making debuts for Jong Ajax and Barcelona B, respectively. Each still has a ways to go before a senior appearance, but the pair are well on track as prospects. Lastly, a host of youth players not on our list reportedly went on trials around Europe this week, always a good sign for Americans youngsters. We’ll let you know if any sign for clubs across the Atlantic.
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)