Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Subbed on in the 87th minute of the League Cup, Cameron played through the extra time period in Stoke’s penalty shootout win over Luton, even converting the winning penalty. However, on the weekend, the natural right back faced the monumental task of commanding the pitch centrally after two of his teammates were sent off in the first half. He did a good job to hold West Brom’s offense to a single goal, but Cameron was burned by the run
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Guzan watched from the stands as Villa defeated Notts County 5-3 in the league cup, but he was back to his normal role between the pipes as his side drew Sunderland 2-2 on Saturday. Though he did concede twice, the USMNT’s starting keeper wasn’t at fault for either, as the first was a sublime free kick from Yann M’Vila and the second was a deflected Jeremain Lens effort. It hasn’t been a bright start to Villa’s season, but Guzan is hardly to blame for their shortcomings. He’ll hope his teammates figure some things out as Guzan takes off for the international break.
Tim Howard (Everton)
Howard was a rock in goal as Everton stole a point in a goalless draw at White Hart Lane. The keeper made six saves, including impressive stops on Harry Kane and Ryan Mason, and was named whoscored.com’s man of the match with an 8.5 rating. It’s Howard’s second clean sheet in four BPL games this year, and after a shaky run a season ago, the 36-year-old looks to be returning to the form American soccer fans are used to. Additionally, he’ll also be making his return to the national squad in the upcoming friendlies after a year out, but Jurgen Klinsmann has named Guzan as the starter for the time being.
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
Yedlin was not on the bench in Spurs’ aforementioned draw with Everton, and the U-21 side was not in action this week. Yedlin looks likely to be sent on loan on the deadline day, after which he will meet up with his USMNT teammates in Washington D.C.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Like Yedlin, Carter-Vickers did not see action this weekend. However, it was still a good week for the 17-year-old, as he was called up to the USMNT U-23s — who play a pair of friendlies in England this week — for the first time.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Zelalem was sensational twice this week for his new side, first in a 5-0 romp over Airdrieonians in the League Cup and then in a 5-1 victory over Queen of the South in the Scottish Championship. The youngster recorded two assists in the mid-week then slipped in a teammate for Rangers’ third on the weekend. It’s clear that Zelalem’s side was far superior to the competition, but it’s a major positive to see the newcomer involved heavily, and producing, in both matches.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
As we predicted a week ago, Cropper was selected for Dons’ 2-1 win over Cardiff in the Capital One Cup, but a rough draw lies ahead for Milton Keynes, as they will host Cropper’s former club, Southampton, in the round of 32. Cropper was not in the lineup as MK lost to Birmingham 2-0 on the weekend, but he may get more game action soon, as Cropper was called up to the U.S. U-23s. With five appearances under his belt internationally, the 22-year-old will attempt to settle in for the national side and start next week’s games with England and Qatar.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman saw no action this week as he rode the bench during the Capital One Cup, did not make the roster for Fulham's 3-1 win over Rotherham, and experienced an off week with the U-21 side. That should change soon, though, as the midfielder was called up to the U-23s on Friday.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
It was an active week for Ream, who started twice for his new team on top of being called up by the USMNT. First, in the League Cup, Ream played 80 minutes for Fulham in a convincing 3-0 win over Sheffield United. Then, Ream started and played a full shift against Rotherham in a 3-1 victory. It’s great to see Fulham’s immediate trust in Ream, and even better, the squad’s backline only allowed one goal in 180 minutes this week. That will only help Ream’s quest for playing time.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj was decent, but his side was second best for the
Andrija Novakovic (Reading)
It was an idle week for Novakovic as Reading’s U-21 side did not have a fixture.
Danny Williams (Reading)
On the other hand, Williams was quite busy for Reading’s senior side, playing in both the Capital One Cup and the Championship. The midfielder played almost to the final whistle in Reading’s 2-1 extra time win over Portsmouth midweek which sent them to the final 32, and then logged a full 90 in a 3-1 win over Brentford. It was a good week for Williams, topped off by being named to the USMNT roster.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Starting his first game of the season, Brooks was far from his best in a 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Sunday. The 22-year-old had just one tackle for Hertha, earned a 6.07 whoscored.com rating — the lowest of his club’s three center backs in a 5-4-1 setup — and was among the responsible parties on Dortmund’s second and third goals. It wasn’t all bad last week, though, as Brooks was named in the USMNT squad for friendlies against Peru on Friday and Brazil next Tuesday.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Like Brooks, Chandler made his first start of the season this weekend, and it didn’t go well. Though his side defeated Stuttgart 4-1 away from home, Chandler came off at halftime with a knee injury, and Eintracht announced after the game that the right back will undergo surgery on his right meniscus. The injury keeps Chandler out of the USMNT squad for the upcoming friendlies and could sideline him for up to two months.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green scored his first goal of the season for Bayern Munich II last Tuesday, giving his side the lead in the 17th minute of an eventual 2-1 win over SpVgg Bayreuth. It was the reserve team’s only game of the week after its contest with Unterhaching was postponed.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson opened his account for Werder Bremen on Sunday, converting a 39th minute penalty kick in a 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. The goal came after Johannsson had picked the pocket of a Gladbach player and sent his team on a counter attack, which ended when strike partner Anthony Ujah was hacked down in the box. Johannsson, who was called into the USMNT squad this week, then stepped up and rolled the spot-kick past Yann Sommer. He also had one shot off target earlier in the contest before being subbed off in the 70th minute.
Johnson is sidelined with a calf injury and missed his squad’s aforementioned defeat to Bremen, but the winger did at least learn who he may face in the Champions League group stages. Gladbach drew Sevilla, Manchester City, and Juventus in their group, so Johnson could see some action against a few top sides in the coming months - assuming his recovery goes smoothly.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VFB Stuttgart)
Once again, Kiesewetter played a full 90 minutes for Stuttgart’s reserve team in the 3. Bundesliga, but his side fell 3-0 to Rot-Weiss Erfurt. The Berlin-born striker was also recalled to the USMNT U-23 side for its final friendlies ahead of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament in October, with the young yanks scheduled to take on England and Qatar this week in England.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd remains sidelined as he rehabs from a torn ACL. He should be back in contention for selection within the next month or two.
Bobby Wood (FC Union Berlin)
Wood played 80 minutes for Union Berlin on Friday in a 1-1 draw with Boyd’s RB Leipzig side. The Hawaiian nearly opening the scoring seven minutes in but put a close-range chance wide with the opposing keeper closing him down. On Sunday, Wood’s weekend got a bit better when he was called into the USMNT squad for the upcoming friendlies.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Similarly to Wood, Wooten’s weekend went from bad to good after his side was smacked 4-1 by Freiburg on Friday. Despite not scoring for the second straight week, Wooten was handed his first USMNT call up by Jurgen Klinsmann on Sunda. With five goals in five games this year, Wooten could be a good bet to earn his first cap against Peru or Brazil.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Deployed at right wing in his first league start of the season, Bedoya went the full 90 for Nantes in a 2-0 loss to Bordeaux in which his team went down to 10 men early in the second half. The New Jersey native had a pair of shots on the day, but missed the target in both. He will also play for the USMNT this week after being called up by Klinsmann.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Horvath’s breakout season continued this week as the keeper earned his first U-23 call up this weekend. The Colorado native was not in the 18 for his team’s 2-2 Tippeligaen draw with Lillestroem, but he did man the net during a midweek 3-1 Europa League playoff round loss to Standard Liege. Despite the loss, Molde advanced to the group stage thanks to a 2-0 win last week (in which Horvath played) and an away goal in Belgium, and they will play in a UEL group with three historical giants of European football: Ajax, Celtic, and Fenerbahce.
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht)
For the third time of the young season, Rubin was a late substitute for Utrecht as they defeated Groningen 2-0. The 19-year-old Oregonian was on the field for 18 minutes, his longest outing of the year thus far. He will hope to get a bit more playing time this week with the U-23s after being recalled to the side, with his last USMNT action coming for the U-20s in their World Cup campaign this summer.