Far and away, the biggest news relating to an American in Europe this week concerns a manager. Bob Bradley, the former USMNT boss who started this season at Le Havre in Ligue 2, is finally getting his big chance at the top level in Europe. Monday, Swansea City announced they had fired Francesco Guidolin and replaced him with Bradley. The 58-year-old has long clamored for a shot to manage a top-tier side, and there had been rumors recently that Swansea’s new American ownership group was interested in bringing Bradley in if Guidolin wasn’t able to turn things around quickly. It’s a bit harsh on Guidolin, who leaves after a pair of difficult losses to Manchester City and Liverpool in which the Swans played decently well. However, Bradley now gets the opportunity he’s been waiting for, and he’ll have to perform, as Swansea currently sit in 17th place in the Premier League. We’ll have continuing coverage of Bradley’s travails at his new club, but, for now, let’s get to the players.
Cameron played a full 90 minutes for Stoke in their surprising 1-1 draw with Manchester United. It’s a mixed bag of emotions for the defensive midfielder, because on one hand, the Potters secured a massive point, but on the other, he was generally outclassed by the Red Devils midfield for the entire fixture. Cameron did the little things well, winning three tackles, one aerieal, and one dribble, and recording one of Stoke’s only half-decent chances to score on the day, but the Potters are going to have to improve if they are to keep getting points given how badly they were outplayed. Cameron did get purely positive news at the end of this week when Jurgen Klinsmann included the USMNT stalwart in his squad, which will face Cuba and New Zealand in a pair of friendlies during the international break.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Guzan again watched from the bench as Victor Valdes took Boro to a 1-1 draw with West Ham.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman still has not worked his way into the Bournemouth first team, as he watched from the stands while the Cherries drew Watford 2-2.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse)
Miazga was subbed on in the 85th minute to help Vitesse see out a 2-1 lead. He, and his team, did just that, beating Groningen on the day.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
After his debut last week in the EFL Cup, Carter-Vickers was on the bench in Russia as Spurs beat CSKA Moscow 1-0 in the Champions League. However, he watched from the stands on the weekend as Tottenham defeated Manchester City 2-0. Despite being on the periphery of the team, Carter-Vickers’ talent has people watching in America, and he was called up to the U-20 squad for the Four Nations Tournament in England.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch was a 90th minute sub in Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with West Brom. It was still a big week for Gooch, however, as he earned his first-ever call up to the U.S. national team. It looks like those Premier League minutes that coach David Moyes has given him are paying off.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem was not in the Arsenal squad which beat Burnley 1-0, and the U23s were off this week.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
In something of a surprise, Ream played 180 minutes this week for Fulham at center back. It worked out decently too, as after drawing Nottingham Forest 1-1, he scored Fulham’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to QPR. After a broken corner kick, Ream reacted quickest to a ball bouncing in the area and lashed it home from close range to restore parity against Rangers. Unfortunately, he was caught ball-watching in the 87th minute and let a QPR attacker sneak behind him to head home the late winner. Still, it seems that Ream, despite not playing much center back of late, has settled back into the role decently, winning nine aerials between the two games and passing above 87 percent in both. It remains to be seen if he will be staying in the middle of the park, but despite a shaky moment or two, he was pretty solid overall.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre was absent from Fulham’s senior and youth sides this week, but he was called up to the U-20 national team, which will play in Manchester.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj logged 90 minutes in both Forest’s aforementioned draw with Fulham and their 2-1 loss to Bristol City. The right back wasn’t particularly impressive in either game, and there were some worrying signs in the latter, as he passed at a measly 49 percent. He didn’t have issues with passing in the former, but won just one tackle on the day. It was far from the Forest stalwart’s best week.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich started for Reading’s U-23 side which beat Birmingham CIty 3-1 in the Premier League Cup on Saturday. He wasn't involved in any of the goals, but any minutes are beneficial for Novakovich, who has been struggling to find consistency with the Royals’ first and academy sides in the past two years.
Danny Williams (Reading)
After picking up an ankle injury late last week, Williams missed Reading’s midweek clash, in which they fell 4-1 against Brentford. While he did then play 90 minutes on the weekend in a 1-1 draw with Derby, it was not the performance usually expected from the midfield standout. Williams limped to a 6.2 rating on whoscored.com, worst of any starter on his team, and he didn’t do much to fill out the stat sheet. Still, the Royals rescued a late point with a 90th-minute equalizer, and he earned a spot in the USMNT squad.
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
Spector logged a full 180 minutes this week for Birmingham City in a 2-2 draw with Preston and a 1-0 win over Blackburn. On neither occasion was Spector particularly impressive, as he had just three tackles and four aerials in the two contests while not passing above a 75 percent clip in either. However, his squad earned four points and currently sit in sixth place, and they hold onto a playoff position for now.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin only played one of Newcastle fixtures this week, but he was a critical part of their 4-3 comeback win over Norwich in the midweek. With his side down 3-2 in stoppage time, Yedlin delivered an inch-perfect cross to Yoan Gouffran, who headed the ball home from close range. That would have been the play of the game had Dwight Gayle not scored a winner for Newcastle one minute later. Yedlin also won an impressive five aerials in the game as he continues to showcase the quality defensive abilities he improved last year at Sunderland. Given his skill going forward, not to mention his speed and technical prowess, the right back continues improving by the week.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
Ariyibi remains a stalwart in the Chesterfield squad, playing 180 minutes in a 3-3 draw with Gillingham and a 1-0 loss to Bradford. Though he didn’t do much of note in either fixture, the attacker was still a part of a squad which put three in the net this week.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
In both of Scunthorpe’s fixtures this week, Holmes was subbed out with about 15 minutes to play as the Iron won 4-1 and 2-1 against Walsall and Bury, respectively. The 21-year-old had a good week despite not being directly involved in any goals, as he was an attacking threat in both fixtures. After scoring his first goal of the season last week, Holmes almost doubled his tally within the first minute of the fixture against Walsall, but his shot barely snuck wide. Though he didn’t find the net, it was another solid 180 minutes from Holmes, who continues to impress in League One.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd still cannot crack his way back into the RB Leipzig squad, though he has continued to progress in his return from injury. His side remained unbeaten in its first Bundesliga season by beating Augsburg 2-1
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks was an unused sub as Hertha beat Hamburg 2-0. Though the center back was hampered by injury last week, he is closing in on a return after watching from the bench this weekend.
Chandler went the full 90 minutes for Eintracht in a 1-0 road loss to Freiburg. The right back recorded a pair of tackles and three blocks in the contest and passed at a 78 percent clip, but an early goal doomed Eintracht to defeat. Nonetheless, Chandler’s strong start to the season was recognized by Klinsmann, who brought the 26-year-old back into the USMNT side for the first time in a long while.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
After being left out of the Champions League squad that lost to Atletico Madrid, Green was on the bench for the 1-1 Bundesliga draw with Cologne, though he didn’t play. Green was, however, selected for Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT squad for the upcoming friendlies.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Though his suspension has run its course, Johannsson wasn’t included in the squad that played Darmstadt to a 2-2 draw. The striker hasn’t yet featured under new manager Alexander Nouri, although now that he’s fully recovered from the hip injury that ended his 2015-16 season early, some opportunities should be on the way in the near future.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
In the midweek, Johnson entered just after the start of the second half as a substitute, but he watched his team throw away a lead in a 2-1 Champions League loss to Barcelona. He failed to really make a major impact, recording two tackles and doing little else of note. On Sunday, he was involved from the start, but it wasn’t a good day for Johnson or Gladbach as they lost 4-0 to struggling Schalke. Johnson had one shot off target just before coming off the pitch in the 82nd minute, but he was again unable to put his stamp on the game. He’ll look for better this week for the USMNT.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
After featuring twice last week, Morales was out of the squad for Ingolstadt’s 2-1 loss to Hoffenheim. He’s been around the 18 for most of the season, and there are likely to be more chances in his future, but Morales will really need to use the most of those minutes after what’s been an uneven start to the campaign. Ingolstadt currently sits in 17th place with just one point through six games.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic made a major impact as a substitute for Dortmund in the Champions League, but was decidedly less effective in the Bundesliga. First, on Tuesday, Pulisic entered in the 73rd minute against Real Madrid and helped the Black and Yellows earn a point. He had one shot saved very well by Keylor Navas before helping create Dortmund’s equalizer with a spectacular run. While he didn’t earn an assist on Andre Schurrle’s goal because his cross was deflected before it reached Schurrle, the goal
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
Stanko started and played 78 minutes as Vaduz lost 5-2 to FC Sion. While it’s hard to say whether he had much of an impact on the result, conceding five won’t be a trend the midfielder will want to continue.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Playing in a slightly unfamiliar role as a center attacking midfielder under new manager Markus Gisdol, Wood failed to unlock the Hertha defense in the aforementioned 2-0 defeat before being subbed off on the hour mark. He had an 89 percent pass completion rate and won a pair of tackles, but the attacker didn’t record a shot as Hamburg fell to the bottom of the table with a fifth loss in six games.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse wasn’t in Bochum’s squad for a 4-2 win Erzgebirge Aue, although it’s unclear if it was due to an injury or simply a manager’s decision.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter was a late substitute for Dusseldorf, coming on the for the final nine minutes plus stoppage time as Fortuna drew 1-1 with Karlsruher. He didn’t do much of note, but Kiesewetter is significantly more involved with Fortuna than he was with previous club Stuttgart, and he should see plenty of opportunities moving forward.
Fafa Picault (St. Pauli)
Picault wasn’t in the 18-man squad for St. Pauli’s 2-0 defeat at Hannover.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
For the second week in a row, Wooten found the net, scoring the opener in the eighth minute as Sandhausen beat Dynamo Dresden 2-0. It wasn’t the prettiest of finishes, as Wooten tucked home a scuffed shot into an empty net, but the winger was in the right place to score his third goal in seven games this season. His struggles from last season seem to be fully in the rearview mirror, and Wooten will hope to build on his scoring streak after the international break.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu wasn’t in Reims’ squad for a 3-0 win over Auxerre on Friday.
Ethan Horvath (Molde, Tippeligaen)
Molde went on the road and earned a 2-0 away win over Tromso, with Horvath putting forth a solid showing in net. The 21-year-old made four stops and showed good control of his area with four cross claims as he earned a first clean sheet in a little more than a month. He should have an opportunity in the coming week to play for the national team as well, as he was called in by Klinsmann to a side that doesn’t include either Brad Guzan or Tim Howard.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Johnsen was again a substitute, playing the final 22 minutes as Hearts won 3-1 at Motherwell. He wasn’t too active in the contest, but Johnsen continues to see time for his new club, and he seems to be settling well in Scotland.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
In the aforementioned win, Kitchen was again his usual self, captaining the side and creating a handful of dangerous chances that teammates couldn’t quite finish off with goals. On another day, he would have had an assist or two, but it won’t matter much as Hearts got the win they needed. The defensive midfielder was then called up to the USMNT side for the upcoming friendlies, a deserved reward following his string of solid showings to start the season.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne is still on the outside of Groningen’s squad looking in, as he wasn’t selected to the team that lost to Vitesse 2-1.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht, Eredivisie)
Once again, Rubin was an unused substitute for Utrecht in a 3-2 loss to Ajax.