Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream lasted 54 minutes against Arsenal this week before being removed for forward Aboubakar Kamara with his side down 2-1 in a game Fulham would go on to lose 5-1. Deployed in the middle of a three-man backline, it’s not a shock that Ream was the one chosen to be taken off after being negatively involved
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams did not make the Huddersfield squad for a 1-1 draw with Burnley.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
It might be overlooked, but Yedlin had a really poor defensive performance for Newcastle in their disheartening 3-2 loss to Manchester United (LINK). At 2-1 up in the second half, Yedlin and teammate Matt Ritchie were both marking Anthony Martial just outside the area. Martial played a ball into the box, and Yedlin did not track his run, letting Ritchie track his mark alone. Martial was too quick for the midfielder and got on the end of a one-two to tie the contest. Yedlin got caught sleeping again not challenging for Alexis Sanchez’s headed winner, late to the spot while marking space. For a player who is dependent on his speed and quickness, it’s bitterly disappointing to see these errors. Yedlin is a great option going forward when he uses his blinding speed, but he has to exert the same energy on defense, especially given the situation.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers again was pinned to the bench this week, twice being an unused sub as Swansea drew Wigan and lost to Ipswich.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
Robinson took up his normal spot at left back twice this week for Wigan in the aforementioned goalless draw Swansea, as well as a 4-0 loss to Preston. Robinson did little of note in the former, putting up a decent performance, but he was directly responsible for the first goal against Preston after a pass in the box nutmegged him and was immediately converted into a goal. He, like Yedlin, was caught not tracking back on the second goal, though further effort may still have not prevented the tally. There is certainly some cleaning to do at the back.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
On Friday night, Brooks went the distance in a 2-0 loss to Werder. He wasn’t directly responsible for either goal but did get caught defending a little too square on the second tally, allowing a pass by him that resulted in a through ball assist. Brooks almost tallied to tied the game at one on the end of a free kick, but his left-footed poke from a tight angle flew over. It was one of two shots he had on the day.
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)
According to this German report, Johannsson has returned to individual training this week, starting his return from an ankle injury. There is no word about when he might be involved for Bremen on the field.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson did not make the 18-man roster for one of the best days in recent Gladbach memory as they beat Bayern Munich 3-0 at the Allianz.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
Wow wow, Weston! In what is certainly the biggest week of his young career to date, McKennie scored a late winner in the Champions League before opening his Bundesliga account on the weekend in a 2-0 win over Dusseldorf. On the road in Russia, Schalke seemed doomed to a goalless draw with Lokomotiv Moscow until McKennie connected on a corner kick in the 88th minute, heading home to boost Schalke to a solid four points through two games and adding to what had already been a phenomenal overall performance (he led Schalke in both aerial wins and interceptions). Against Dusseldorf in the league, where they have been awful, McKennie latched onto the end of a ball headed back across the box and directed home with his left from in tight (starting at one minute in this video). He won 15 aerials total between the two contests, so his positioning and challenging certainly are becoming strong suits of his game. This week, he also showed the goalscoring touch with the first two senior club goals of his career. Hopefully, there are many more to follow.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales played 90 minutes for Dusseldorf in that 2-0
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
After returning from injury to play twice for Dortmund two weeks ago, Pulisic was back on the shelf this week and looks set to miss an undisclosed period of time with a slight calf tear. There’s no estimation on how much time he will miss due to the problem, but the 20-year-old wasn’t able to go in Dortmund’s 3-0 Champions League win over Monaco or their remarkable 4-3 Bundesliga win over Augsburg. Additionally, he was removed from the USMNT roster that will take on Colombia and Peru this week and will remain in Germany to recuperate.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman didn’t make the Nurnberg senior squad that was battered 6-0 by RB Leipzig, although he did play a full game for the reserves, who drew 0-0 with Garching. The 19-year-old has made the Bundesliga matchday squad twice but has yet to play for Nurnberg’s senior side.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
For the first time in more than a year, Wood scored a Bundesliga goal from open play on Saturday. Then, he did it again. The 25-year-old striker headed home crosses from Miko Abornoz first on the half-hour mark, then on the stroke of halftime as Hannover defeated Stuttgart 3-1. Both were poacher’s finishes; on the first, Wood carefully glanced the ball just inside the far corner of the net, and on the second, he powered his header back across the goalkeeper and towards where the cross came from. The goals should
2. Bundesliga (1)
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green went 90 minutes in Fuerth’s 1-1 draw with Jahn Regensburg. The attacking midfielder wasn’t involved in Fuerth’s only goal, but he did have an action-packed game, hitting the target with his only shot attempt, winning three tackles and three aerials, and picking up a yellow card. His side sits in a surprising fourth place with nine games played, just three points behind leaders Koln.
Ligue 1 (3)
Matt Miazga (Nantes, on loan from Chelsea)
Two weeks ago, Miazga had a pair of performances he won’t look back on fondly. That unfortunate streak continued this week. The center back had probably his worst showing yet in Nantes colors, committing an error that led to a goal and conceding a penalty in the first half of a 3-0 loss to Bordeaux. He couldn’t do anything on the goal that opened the scoring for Bordeaux in the fifth minute, but less than two minutes later, he was guilty of a horrific first touch which presented the ball right to Francois Kamano, who took it in on goal and buried his strike to extend the lead to two. Then, just before halftime, Miazga was again caught out when he lunged into a tackle on Kamano, who tumbled to the ground after making contact with Miazga. Kamano popped up, grabbed the ball, and scored from the spot, rubbing salt in the wounds of an awful all-around day for the 23-year-old American defender. Miazga will have plenty of better days moving forward, but this was not one of them. He’ll hope for a quick return to form this week with the USMNT.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
After playing twice last week, Siebatcheu was absent from both of Rennes’ squads this week, missing their 2-0 Europa League loss to Astana and their memorable 2-1 Ligue 1 win at Monaco. The reason for this is an injury, reportedly to a core muscle, which the striker suffered in training ahead of the match with Astana. He is expected to be out a few weeks.
Timothy Weah (PSG)
Weah wasn’t included in either of PSG’s matchday squads this week as they hammered Red Star Belgrade 6-1 before cruising by Lyon 5-0. He is in USMNT camp this week, though.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovich played 90 minutes in a 3-3 draw with Emmen, but the striker didn’t find himself on the scoresheet and overall didn’t have a particularly noteworthy match. He didn’t record a shot in the game, completed just eight total passes (though one was a key pass), and lost possession a whopping 13 times. It was far from his best, but Sittard pulled out a big comeback anyway, turning a 3-1 73rd-minute deficit into a point thanks to goals on the 80- and 90-minute marks.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown was an unused substitute as Breda lost 2-1 to Utrecht. The side sits at the bottom of the Eredivisie table with just three points in eight games.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
It was a big week for Cameron, who played 180 minutes in a 1-0 win over Reading and a 1-1 draw with Derby, scoring a goal in the latter. Early in the second half, Cameron got onto the end of a broken free kick and slid home from close range to equalize (can be seen at 3:55 in this video). He didn’t have the same impact in the other match, but QPR did get the points.
Lichaj logged 180 this week in a pair of 1-0 losses, to Leeds and Sheffield United.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest, Championship)
Ariyibi assisted for the reserves this week in a 3-1 win over Exeter City.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Holmes did not feature in either of Derby’s fixtures this week.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
After picking up a hamstring injury last week, Gooch did not make the roster for either of Sunderland’s games. There’s no news about the injury, so the severity is unclear at this point.
Emerson Hyndman (Hibernian, on loan from Bournemouth, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman played 66 minutes and scored his first goal for Hibernian in their 6-0 rout of Hamilton. He turned home a sharp pass in the box to make the score 3-0 in the first half. The play begins at 40 seconds in this video.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Stanko has not returned from injury.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Boyd was not involved for Darmstadt this week.
McKinze Gaines (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Gaines did not feature, either.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George went the distance for Regensburg in a 1-1 draw with Greuther Furth.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson did not feature for Sandhausen.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten started but came off after just 55 quiet minutes as Sandhausen lost 3-1 to St. Pauli.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Likewise, Gyau earned a start this week, his second in the league for Duisburg, but he too was subbed out after a poor performance, coming off with the game tied 1-1 in the 63rd minute. Duisburg, who entered the game as the only team in the 2. Bundesliga without a victory, snatched a winner via an own goal to stun league-leading Koln on their own home turf.
Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford didn’t make the Heidenheim 18-man squad that drew 1-1 with Union Berlin.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath was twice an unused substitute as Brugge lost 3-1 twice, first at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, then in the Jupiler League at Standard Liege. He will hope to get off the bench during his upcoming stint with the national team.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike played 90 minutes at right back for Kortrijk in a 3-1 win over Lokeren.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief played twice for Anderlecht this week, coming on as a sub in the 66th minute of a 2-0 Europa League loss to Dinamo Zagreb (and making a positive impact, despite the scoreline) before starting and playing 68 minutes in a 2-0 win over Zulte-Waregem.
Kekuta Manneh (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Manneh was an 80th-minute substitute for St. Gallen in a 3-1 loss to Basel.
Shaq Moore (CF Reus, on loan from Levante, Segunda Liga)
Moore started but was taken off on 59 minutes as Reus lost 2-1 to Granada. He was subbed as part of a double change, so the departure appears to be tactical rather than injury related.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne remains sidelined with a long-term injury. He recently tweeted that he had experienced a setback in his recovery, so it seems highly unlikely that he will appear in a match any time soon.
Kyle Scott (SC Telstar, on loan from Chelsea, Eerste Divisie)
Scott played 84 minutes for Telstar, picking up a yellow card a few minutes before coming off in a 3-0 defeat to Jong Ajax.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall started and scored for Malmo, notching the opener (with a smart left-footed finish after his initial shot was blocked — see very low-quality video here) in the 46th minute in an eventual 1-1 draw with Haecken. Gall was withdrawn in the 69th minute, and Haecken equalized one minute later.
There wasn’t a whole lot of news this week regarding the players already on our youth list, but there was action regarding a handful of prospective future members of the list. Amongst the players already here, a handful played in the UEFA Youth League, namely Schalke’s Zyen Jones, Tottenham’s Brandon Austin, Barcelona’s Konrad de la Fuente, Ajax’s Sergino Dest, and Bayern Munich’s Chris Richards. The more exciting update is that three youth players who had previously been at MLS academies are making the jump overseas. Early last week, former New England Revolution midfielder Patrick Leal, 15, signed with Portuguese giants Sporting. He was followed by two players from LA Galaxy, 18-year-old Alex Mendez and 17-year-old Uly Llanez. The pair will head to Germany, with Mendez joining Freiburg and Llanez — a forward who is one of the highest-ranked prospects in his age group — set to join Wolfsburg upon his 18th birthday. All three are hoping to follow in the footsteps of so many other Americans who have recently worked their way into major European senior sides and become full national teamers in the process. Once their moves become finalized (outside of Leal’s, whose already is), they will all move onto the list below moving forward.