Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Though Stoke were easily defeated 2-0 by Arsenal on Saturday, Cameron acquitted himself decently for the visitors. Neither of Arsenal’s goals was Cameron’s fault, and the Massachusetts native was his side’s second-highest rated player by whoscored.com, putting in seven clearances and four blocks. Stoke, who are stuck in the relegation zone with just two points, will again try for a first Premier League win of the season against red-hot Leicester at home on Saturday.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Speaking of Leicester, Guzan was victimized by a stunning Foxes comeback in a 3-2 loss Sunday. The Aston Villa keeper made three saves, but he also conceded three times in the final 20 minutes as the Villains failed to hold onto a two-goal lead. While Guzan wasn’t directly responsible for any of Leicester’s goals (though he was a bit late closing on Nathan
Tim Howard (Everton)
Howard continued to put last season’s struggles behind him, patrolling Everton’s nets confidently in a 3-1 win over Chelsea. Though he wasn’t very busy on the day, making just one save and one cross claim, Howard has been one of Everton’s best players in the early going, with a 7.32 whoscored.com rating — second-best on the team — through five games. The 36-year-old was in no way at fault on Chelsea’s tally, a cannon from distance from Nemanja Matic, and he’ll look to keep the momentum going next week against Swansea for the seventh-place Toffees.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
The former Seattle Sounder was, as expected, sent on loan on transfer deadline day, linking up with Sunderland for the season. However, he was ineligible to play for the Black Cats on Sunday, who fell 1-0 to Yedlin’s parent club, Tottenham. He will hope for a Sunderland debut against fellow strugglers Bournemouth this weekend.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers continues to captain Tottenham’s U-21 side, but that didn’t go so well for the 17-year-old, as Spurs fell 4-1 to Reading on Monday. The American center back wasn’t terrible, as Spurs conceded twice on an own goal by Carter-Vickers’ defensive partner and a penalty given away by the left back, but it wasn’t a great showing nonetheless. Spurs sit in fifth place in the U-21 Premier League four games into the campaign, with Reading atop the table on 10 points.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Rangers continued their stellar start to the season, winning 3-0 over Livingston to remain perfect through six games, and Zelalem again played a part. Though he didn’t score or assist in his 74 minutes on the pitch, Zelalem was heavily involved in Rangers’ attack (video here). Zelalem told Rangers’ official website after the game that the team was not happy with the performance overall, however, and that he would like to add a scoring element to his game during his loan spell.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
While playing for the United States U-23 squad against England last week, Cropper picked up a knee injury, which required him to have surgery. Cropper is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, which means he will not play against former club Southampton in the Capital One Cup next week. He could be in line to return for the next round of the competition if MK Dons can navigate past the Saints at home on Sept. 23, but that remains to be seen.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman is still on the fringes of Kit Symons’ first team, but he again played 90 minutes for the U-21s on Saturday in a 2-1 win over Stoke City. With Fulham’s senior side sitting in 11th place in the Championship, Hyndman could find himself in the team sooner or later.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
In a 2-1 win over Blackburn, Ream worked a 90-minute shift in the center of Fulham’s defense. It wasn’t the American’s best performance, as his whoscored.com rating of 6.55 was the lowest among Fulham players, but Ream did have three clearances and two blocks without committing a foul.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj put forward one of his best performances of the young season for Forest in a 2-1 win at QPR, nearly opening the scoring midway through the first half, though his shot was saved by Robert Green. He also had an excellent cross moments earlier that ended with a scuffed opportunity by a teammate. The Illinois native also put in a pair of tackles and had a team-high three blocks.
Andrija Novakovic (Reading)
The 18-year-old put forward another good effort for Reading’s U-21 side, assisting on the Royals’ fourth in the aforementioned win over Tottenham. With this side sitting atop the U-21 BPL table, Novakovic is very likely to continue to get meaningful minutes for Reading, even if not necessarily for the first team.
Danny Williams (Reading)
After his late consolation goal for the USMNT last week, Williams was an unused substitute in Reading’s 5-1 win over
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks was left out of Hertha’s 18 due a thigh injury he picked up while on international duty. However, good news came on the weekend, as his side were victorious 2-1 over Stuttgart thanks to a beautiful volley from Fabian Lustenberger.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler suffered a torn meniscus in Frankfurt’s final game before the international break and will be on the sidelines for some time. His side was victorious 6-2 this weekend over Cologne.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green did not feature in Bayern II’s 2-0 win over Memmingen on Friday.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Despite his side’s 3-1 win over Hoffenheim, Johannsson was mediocre at best, being subbed off just after the hour mark. The Yank is clearly still going through some growing pains at his new club, and though the coach continues to show his support, Johannsson is going to need to start producing to stay in the side.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson is still inactive with a calf injury, and it could be for the better, as Gladbach cannot do anything right domestically. This week, they lost 3-0 at home to Hamburg and now have zero points (and a -9 goal differential) to show from their first four fixtures .
Jerome Kiesewetter (VFB Stuttgart)
Kiesewetter did not make the 18-man squad for Stuttgart II’s 3-0 loss Hallescher.
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 made a major impact in his 71 minutes on the pitch in Union Berlin’s 3-0 win over Karlsruher. With his side up a goal early in the second half, Wood picked up the ball at the halfway line and dribbled all the way into the box before being tripped up. The Yank didn’t stay down in hopes of a penalty, though, and popped up immediately to smash the ball into the bottom of the net to double the lead. Wood has shown his ability as a prolific scorer, and we have high expectations for the flyin’ Hawaiian moving forward.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten played a full shift for Sandhausen and, like Wood, made it onto the scoresheet, converting a 41st minute penalty in a 1-1 draw with Bochum. Wooten has now scored six goals in as many games this season and is tied for the lead in the division (with fewer penalties than his co-leader), so the 25 year-old might finally be hitting his stride. We expect Wooten, who was an unused sub for the USMNT against Peru, to get at least a chance from Jurgen Klinsmann in the future, as his goalscoring ability cannot be overlooked.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Bedoya came on after an hour was played, but his side were already down a man and could not keep a goalless draw intact, eventually falling 2-0 to Rennes. It was always going to be a tough with only ten men on the field, and another of Bedoya’s teammates was sent off in the 77th minute, changing the task from hard to almost impossible.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Horvath got the start for Molde and, though he allowed two goals, his side were solid on offense, scoring at will in a 4-2 win over Sandefjord. Furthermore, Molde were sent down to 10 men after 45 minutes while leading 2-1, so it's good to see the Yank’s solidity in goal despite the numerical disadvantage.
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht)
Again, Rubin was deployed as a second-half sub, coming on after 64 minutes had been played in a 2-1 win over Vitesse. All of the game’s goals were on the board by the time Rubin entered, but it’s always nice to see him getting a little more playing time.