Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams still hasn’t fully recovered from his adductor injury and missed both RB Leipzig lineups this week. It wasn’t a good week for the German side, which lost to Lyon in Champions League action before drawing Leverkusen on the weekend.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
With Brooks sidelined as he rehabs a hamstring injury. Wolfsburg drew with St. Etienne in Europa League action before squeaking out a 1-0 win over Union Berlin, boosting them to second in what could be a wild Bundesliga title race.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie didn’t start this weekend for Schalke, but with his side struggling in a goalless first half with Koln, the 21-year-old was inserted to start the second half of what was ultimately a 1-1 draw. McKennie did not play a part in the Schalke opener, nor was he responsible for their disappointing concession in the 91st minute from a corner kick. McKennie did connect on over 90 percent of passes and had three tackles in the second half. The midfielder was also called into the USMNT squad for the upcoming CONCACAF Nations League matches against Cuba and Canada.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent started for Werder and was pulled after 72 minutes in what was then a 1-1 tie, which ultimately became a 2-2 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt. He was involved in the Werder opening tally, which came from a rebound after Sargent’s shot was saved. The stat sheet was a mixed bag, as the right winger was dispossessed a game-high four times but also won a game-high five aerials. It’s all part of the growing pains for the 19-year-old as he adjusts to the professional game. Sargent too was announced as part of the USMNT roster for their aforementioned matches.
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
Hertha Berlin only had three shots on target against Steffen this weekend, but all three of them flew into the back of the net as Fortuna fell 3-1. All were terrific looks, centrally located around the penalty spot, with the first two being similarly crossed balls for a volleyed finish, and the third being a one-on-one opportunity with Steffen stranded. The keeper maybe should have done slightly better on the second tally, but given how close the chance was, it would be hard to blame the lone bright spot so far in Fortuna’s season. It’s been a miserable start so far for Fortuna, who have four points in seven matches and are only out of the relegation zone on goal differential. Steffen will have a chance to get some space from his struggling side during the international break, as he will surely be the first choice keeper for Gregg Berhalter against Cuba and Canada.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
After not making the Chelsea roster for their UCL win over Lille, Pulisic was subbed on with 10 minutes to play and his side up two goals against Southampton; the winger would make an immediate impact, assisting on Chelsea’s finally tally in their 4-1 win. With 89 minutes on the clock, Pulisic shifted inside and found a pocket of space before deftly slipping in Michy Batshuayi for a one-on-one for the finish (the play can be seen starting at 10:12 in this video). Pulisic’s struggle for minutes has been well documented in the media, but making good in limited action will help his stock quite a bit. Still, don’t expect Frank Lampard to suddenly boost his role, as he has been slow playing Pulisic all season. Given he hasn’t featured much for Chelsea, Pulisic might play in both of the upcoming USMNT matches after being called into the side.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
Exhale, DeAndre: you are finally all the way back from injury. The right back got his first start of the season in a massive 1-0 win over Manchester United. Yedlin wasn’t too heavily involved in the critical moments of the contest, but Newcaslte as a whole did well defensively to limit United chances, and Yedlin in particular was excellent at the back for the most part. He was caught napping badly by Ashley Young in one instance and allowed the outside back to sneak inside and almost give United the lead before Yedlin himself tidied up the chance. He also picked up a nasty yellow
Timothy Weah (Lille)
After suffering a setback last week, Weah did not make the Lille squads for their Champions League loss to Chelsea or their Ligue 1 draw with Nimes. At the moment, there is no timetable for his return.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
Boyd’s slow start to life with Besiktas continued apace this week as the winger was an unused substitute twice, in a 1-0 Europa League defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers and a 2-0 Super Lig win over Alanyaspor. The 24-year-old has played five times so far for Besiktas, making four starts, but he’s yet to tally a goal or an assist for the Kara Kartallar (Black Eagles), who are struggling in 13th place through seven matches. Despite his uneven campaign, Boyd was included in Berhalter’s USMNT squad to play Cuba and Canada in the CONCACAF Nations League this week.
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
Once again, Dest found himself in the Ajax team this week, and he twice put forth impressive showings over 90 minutes as the Dutch champions continued their strong start with two wins. In the midweek, the right back was solid, if unspectacular, in a 3-0 win over Valencia. He wasn’t tested much defensively — tallying two tackles while helping slow down Valencia’s top winger, Goncalo Guedes — but he made an impact at the other end as he was involved in the buildup before two of Ajax’s three goals. He did so again on the weekend in a 2-0 win over ADO Den Haag, as he put in another shift with two shots, two successful dribbles, and three key passes, as well as an 87 percent pass completion rate. The 18-year-old also could easily have had a goal late, but teammate David Neres ran onto a loose ball and slotted it away just before Dest arrived on the scene. Regardless, the youngster keeps making strides; Ajax have now kept clean sheets in each of Dest’s last four appearances. While some USMNT fans were disappointed that he reportedly turned down a Nations League callup as he continues to weigh whether to play for the USMNT or the Netherlands, he’s showing an unusual maturity for such a young player in what can be a difficult process. There was a positive rumor that came out this week that he is currently leaning towards representing the U.S., and clarity should come either way in the next month, as Dest is apparently set to make his decision ahead of the November international break.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
Horvath took up his usual spot on Brugge’s bench this week, going as an unused substitute for both their memorable 2-2 Champions League draw at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid and their straightforward 4-0 Jupiler League win over Gent. He was not called into the USMNT squad.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover)
Soto was back in the 18-man squad but went as an unused substitute in Hannover’s 2-0 win over Dynamo Dresden. He’s made just one substitute appearance this season. Still, the striker was included in the USMNT U-23 squad that will have a training camp in Miami this week before facing El Salvador in a friendly.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood was again an unused sub for Hamburg, who beat Greuther Fuerth 2-0. The striker has made three substitute appearances this season for Hamburg, who sit atop the table with 20 points in nine games.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Holmes played twice for Derby this week, starting and going 89 minutes in a 2-2 draw with Barsnley before being deployed as a late substitute in a 2-0 win over Luton. The midfielder didn’t make a noticeable impact on the former, making two tackles and putting one shot off target in an otherwise quiet game before departing with his side up a goal just before Barnsley drew level at the deaths. He didn’t do much of note against Luton, either. Derby are unbeaten in five and have moved up to 13th in the table.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
After serving as an unused sub in a 4-1 midweek hammering at the hands of Fulham, Miazga was back in the Reading league squad that went to Bristol City and fell to a 1-0 defeat. The center back probably could have been closer to Famara Diedhiou on his headed goal, which stood up as the game’s only tally, but even if he had been tighter, Miazga would have had a difficult time making a play on the ball. He was his usual solid self in the air, winning all four aerial duels he contested and racking up six clearances while also passing at 88 percent, but Reading are now winless in six and are back in the bottom three.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream went 180 minutes for Fulham this week, helping the side to a 4-1 win over Reading and a 2-2 draw with Charlton. He wasn’t tested much in the former as his side controlled the game, finishing with 73 percent possession, and the center back passed at 98 percent. He was solid against Charlton, too, passing at 93 percent and tallying three clearances. He wasn’t responsible for any of the goals his side conceded this week. He’ll join up with the USMNT for this week’s international break.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
Wigan split a pair of 1-0 results this week, beating Birmingham and losing to Sheffield Wednesday by that narrow margin. Robinson started, went the distance, and impressed in both. Against Birmingham, he was one of the best players on the pitch, racking up a game-high six interceptions and getting into the attack well with two key passes. He was good against Wednesday as well, recording five interceptions, three tackles, and three clearances, but he had one awful moment in which he failed to close
Chandler was twice an unused sub this week as Eintracht beat Vitoria (Portugal) in the Europa League and drew with Werder on the weekend.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
After news about a back injury emerged last week, Johnson was not in either Gladbach 18-man roster this week. His side thrashed Augsburg 5-1 in the league after drawing 1-1 in UEL action against Istanbul Basaksehir.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Bundesliga)
Morales is back from injury and was subbed on with 20 minutes to play and his side down 3-1 in a scoreline that would hold in their aforementioned loss to Hertha Berlin. It took just four minutes for Morales to make an impact, picking up a yellow card. He did little else to move the needle.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, Bundesliga)
Shelton made his second Bundesliga appearance on the weekend, subbing on with 30 minutes to play, but his side was already down 2-1 and would lose by that scoreline to Mainz. Shelton did little to move the needle, but back-to-back appearances show he’s clearly doing something right in practice. Still, Paderborn sit dead last in 18th place with just one point.
Gboly Ariyibi (Panetolikos, Greek Super League)
Ariyibi subbed on with half an hour to play against Lamia in a match that would end as a goalless draw.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
Cameron showed off his versatility this week, playing 180 minutes for QPR at multiple positions. He was stationed as a center back in a 3-0 midweek loss to Cardiff City, then played defensive midfield on the weekend in a 4-2 win over Blackburn. The 34-year-old picked up a yellow card in the latter.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Stoke City, Championship, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers too displayed versatility this week. The natural center back played right back in a 1-0 loss to Huddersfield, and then was moved back to the heart of the backline in a 2-1 win over Swansea City, Stoke’s first victory of the season. Still, CCV has been a bright spot for Stoke and garnered some praise this week, especially for his showing against the previously high-flying Swans.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre did not feature for Fulham this week.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
As Hull’s captain, Lichaj remains a stalwart in the Hull set up, as he played 180 minutes in a mixed bag of results this week. Hull beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the midweek but fell 3-0 to Huddersfield on Saturday. Lichaj went public this week saying he believes Hull have a real shot to climb the table.
Jann-Christopher George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George started and scored Regensburg’s opening tally this week, knotting the game up at one in the 30th minute before his side scored late to steal a 2-1 win against Holstein Kiel. George chipped a tantalizing ball into the area, and though his teammate couldn’t turn him in, the run kept the keeper rooted to the spot as the ball glided into the back of the net. The goal can be seen starting at 1:12 in this video.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Green lasted 79 minutes before being removed for a sub with his side down 1-0 in an eventual 2-0 loss to Hamburg. Green picked up a yellow card in the first half as well.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford did not make the St. Pauli squad this week for their 1-1 draw with Nurnberg.
Andrija Novakovich (Frosinone, Serie B)
Novakovich started and went 73 minutes before being removed for a sub this week. The striker was removed with his team down 1-0, and it would come back to get a 1-1 draw thanks to a 95th-minute equalizer.
Stephen Payne (Portimonense, Primeira Liga)
S. Payne remains outside of the Portimonense 18-man roster.
Desevio Payne (FC Emmen, Eredivisie)
D. Payne also missed out on the FC Emmen 18-man roster this week.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright started and was subbed off very late for Venlo, who were smacked 4-1 by PSV.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike started and played 83 minutes at center back before being removed for a sub. It’s not often a center back is removed, but he had picked up a yellow 10 minutes earlier, and with his side up 4-0 against Sint-Truiden, it wasn’t worth the risk of another booking.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
As usual, Saief wasn’t in the Anderlecht squad this week.
Phillipe Sandler (Anderlecht, Jupiler League, on loan from Manchester City)
And, as usual, Sandler was. The center back went 90 minutes and helped the side to a 2-1 away win over Charleroi, Anderlecht’s first win on the road in league play this season.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown started in a five-man defense but was taken off for a midfielder at halftime in a scoreless game that Austria Wien would go on to win 1-0 against Sturm Graz.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Moore was an unused sub for Tenerife, who lost 2-1 to Extremadura this weekend.
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Danish Super League)
Amon again did not make the Nordsjaelland 18-man roster this week. They drew 1-1 with Lyngby.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Due to the yellow card he picked up last week against Lyngby, Cappis served a one-game suspension this week. Hobro lost 2-0 to AaB Aalborg.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Oddly enough, due to the yellow card he picked up last week against Lyngby, Sabbi also served a one-game suspension this week.
Yosef Samuel (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Samuel was not suspended for Hobro’s match this weekend, but he didn’t play either as he was an unused sub.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Due to injuries and fatigue from Thursday’s Europa League loss to Young Boys, Polster was given a spot in the matchday squad on Sunday and was handed a rare appearance by manager Steven Gerrard, coming on in the 64th minute of a 4-0 game that would end 5-0 to Rangers over Hamilton. He earned some rave reviews from Rangers fans as well, so he may yet get his chance to impress at Ibrox.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall wasn’t in the squad that drew Copenhagen 1-1 in the Europa League but was a 79th-minute substitute im Malmo’s 1-0 league win over Goteborg.
Aron Johannsson (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)
Johannsson was an unused substitute in a 2-1 road win over Djurgarden.
Jonathan Klinsmann (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Klinsmann was an unused sub as usual this week for St. Gallen in a scoreless draw with Basel.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch played a quiet 53 minutes before being replaced with his side down 1-0 in an eventual 2-0 loss to Lincoln.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Kelman didn’t play this week after rolling his ankle last weekend. Southend lost 3-1 to Gillingham.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
Olosunde went 90 minutes and impressed in both the attack and defense in a 4-0 win over previously unbeaten Coventry. The right back is finding his feet in the professional game in League 1, and at just 21 and with the prestige of Manchester United academy experience, he could be on the rise.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Phillips played 90 minutes at left back this week in a 3-3 draw with Peterborough. Wycombe came from 2-0 and 3-2 down to steal a point via a 94th-minute penalty from Adebayo Akinfenwa.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes started and played 69 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Alloa Athletic.
The following players on our various lists were also called into that camp:
Brady Scott, Chris Richards, Christian Cappis, Chris Durkin, Richie Ledezma, Chris Gloster, Alex Mendez, Sebastian Soto
Taylor Booth (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Malik Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Quincy Butler (Hoffenheim, Bundesliga)
Maxi Dietz (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Niklas Dossmann (Mainz, Bundesliga)
Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Uly Llanez (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Sidney Friede (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Mike Grimm (Augsburg, Bundesliga)
Maurice Malone (Augsburg, Bundesliga)
Matthew Hoppe (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Noah Jones (RB Leipzig, Bundesliga)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Tom Kanowski (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, Bundesliga)
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (Koln, Bundesliga)
Pablo Soares (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Stuart Ritchie (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga)
Roberto Hategan (Nurnberg, 2. Bundesliga)
Tyler Taber (Nurnberg, 2. Bundesliga)
Ian Hoffmann (Karlsruher, 2. Bundesliga)
Giona Leibold (Wehen Wiesbaden, 2. Bundesliga)
Travian Sousa (Hamburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Justin Butler (Ingolstadt, 3. Liga)
Jalen Hawkins (Ingolstadt, 3. Liga)
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, Premier League)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, Premier League)
Ivan Jara (Crystal Palace, Premier League)
Chituru Odunze (Leicester City, Premier League)
Owen Otasowie (Wolves, Premier League)
Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool, Premier League)
Kyle Scott (Newcastle, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham, Premier League)
Jonathan Tomkinson (Norwich, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Premier League)
Ethan Wady (Chelsea, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Damian Las (Fulham, Championship)
Augustus McGiff (Reading, Championship)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Jack Imperato (Villarreal, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Kosuke Ide (Leganes, La Liga)
Rayshaun McGann (Getafe, La Liga)
Andre Costa (Rayo Vallecano, Segunda Division)
Cade Hagan (Sporting Gijon, Segunda Division)
Sam Shashoua (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Leo Sepuvleda (Salamanca, Segunda Division B)
Matteo Carbone (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Kaile Auvray (Lille, Ligue 1)
Niko Gioacchini (Caen, Ligue 2)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Johan Gomez (Porto, Primeira Liga)
Patrick Leal (Sporting, Primeira Liga)
Jamie Dunning (Sparta Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Chris Gloster (PSV, Eredivisie)
Richie Ledezma (PSV, Eredivisie)
Alex Mendez (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Joshua Pynadath (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Coby Sultan (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Niko Hamalainen (Kilmarnock, Scottish Premiership, on loan from QPR)
Cameron Harper (Celtic, Scottish Premiership)
Nebiyou Perry (Ostersund FK, Sweden)
Zico Bailey (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Aydan Bowers (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Jeremy Rafanello (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Chris Durkin (Sint-Truidense V.V., Jupiler League, on loan from D.C. United)
Isaiah Young (Union St. Gilloise, Belgian First Division B, on loan from Werder Bremen)
Raphael Iacovelli (FC Lugano, Swiss Super League)