Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream remains absent from the Fulham squad, missing out on a 3-0 loss to defending Premier League champions Manchester City. A bit of news has come out this week about the injury problem that has delayed Ream’s start to the season, with manager Slavisa Jokanovic reporting that Ream has a back injury that’s kept him sidelined. Jokanovic did not say when the 30-year-old might be back in training, but he did say that he hopes Ream’s return isn’t too far off.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams also did not make the Huddersfield squad this weekend, although there are no new reports or rumors of injury surrounding the 29-year-old midfielder. The Terriers lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace and sit in 18th place through five league games.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Following two straight games in which his name got onto the scoresheet (via a goal and an own goal), Yedlin had a much more normal game for Newcastle this weekend, although the Magpies lost 2-1 to Arsenal. Playing in his usual right-back spot, Yedlin had a quiet game, winning four aerials, recording two clearances, and making one successful tackle while passing at 73 percent. He wasn’t really at fault for either of Arsenal’s goals, although the 25-year-old might have been able to stop Granit Xhaka’s cross into the box that led to Mesut Ozil’s second-half tally had he been positioned better to begin with. Alas, he wasn’t, and Newcastle lost for the fourth time in five games to start the season.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hostpur)
Carter-Vickers debuted for Swansea as a second-half substitute Saturday, coming on for the final 22-plus minutes of their scoreless draw with Nottingham Forest. The center back touched the ball just 10 times after entering the fray, but he did record two clearances and win an aerial duel while helping Swansea keep Forest from finding the net. Now that he’s got his club debut behind him, the 20-year-old
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
Once more, Robinson went 90 minutes for Wigan, but they came in a 2-0 defeat to Brentford. The left back was among the handful of Latics defenders to fall asleep on the opener, letting his man get inside of him and then to the byline to provide the assist in the 24th minute. He wasn’t to blame on the other goal, and he did provide some otherwise solid moments, getting forward in attack with two successful dribbles, a key pass, and an 82 percent pass rate while tallying two tackles and two interceptions as well. Despite the loss, Wigan sit in a respectable 11th place after seven games, and the 21-year-old Robinson has played every league minute so far.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Wolfsburg stayed unbeaten on the season with a 2-2 draw against Brooks’ former club, Hertha Berlin, and the American center back played a huge role in his current side earning that point. He played a solid game overall, being his usual dominant self at the back (three clearances, two interceptions, one tackle, and not responsible for either goal conceded) while also completing a cool 87 percent of his 75 pass attempts. It is the very last of those passes, however, that will be remembered. In the second minute of stoppage time, Brooks rose above a Hertha defender to a high cross onto the boot of Admir Mehmedi, who turned it home for a last-gasp equalizer moments after Hertha had appeared to score the winner. That assist turned an already solid game into an excellent one, and it keeps Wolfsburg’s strong start going. As expected, a healthy Brooks has made a big difference.
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)
Johannsson is still nursing an ankle injury. It remains unclear when he will return.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
After showing up with a goal and an assist during Bremen’s first-team friendlies over the international break, Sargent played again for Bremen II, helping the side to a 1-0 win over Lupo Martini Wolfsburg. The striker went 87 minutes, although he wasn’t involved in the team’s only goal.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson had a quiet day, coming off in the 67th minute with Monchengladbach 1-0 up on Schalke in a game they’d win 2-1. The winger was mostly marked out of the game, finishing with two clearances and completing just 60 percent of his 30 pass attempts. Then, to make things worse for Johnson, his replacement, Patrick Herrmann, scored the goal that gave Gladbach breathing room less than 10 minutes after entering, which they would eventually need when Schalke scored in stoppage time. At 30, Johnson remains a valuable rotation option for Gladbach, but his days as an impact player may be numbered.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
Following an injury scare with the USMNT that forced him off against Mexico, McKennie was declared fit by his club manager but subsequently held out of the 18-man squad that lost to Gladbach. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not the 20-year-old is in the squad that opens its Champions League campaign Tuesday against Porto.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales came up big for Dusseldorf in a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim, scoring the game’s opening goal on the stroke of halftime. He rose freely in the box and powerfully headed a Jean Zimmer cross inside the back post, leaving the keeper with no chance. He would go on to win six aerials as well on the day, and his 8.0 whoscored.com rating earned man-of-the-match status. Four points in their opening three games is pretty solid for newly promoted Dusseldorf, and their other result, a draw with RB Leipzig away, is another fantastic outing, so things are going well for Morales and co. at the moment.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic missed Dortmund’s aformentioned 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, as he did USMNT duty, but it has been reported that he will return to the side for its Champions League match Tuesday against Club Brugge.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman was not in the Nurnberg 18-man roster for
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Wood came on in the 65th minute with Hannover down 3-2 to RB Leipzig, but he couldn’t move the needle in a match that ended with the same scoreline. He almost immediately picked up a yellow card and did not record a shot during his time on the field. The 25-year-old has not started for the side this season in any competition.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green came on with 20 minutes to play and his side up 2-1 in a game he would put an exclamation point on. After his team added a third, Green tallied his side’s fourth goal of the game as they easily cruised past Holstein Kiel 4-1. The video here is far from clear, but it’s a cool finish from close range from Green in stoppage time to seal the points. It’s the 23-year-old’s first goal of the season.
Matt Miazga (Nantes, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga had another solid game at the back for Nantes, who couldn’t find a win but did keep Reims off the scoresheet in a goalless draw. He won seven aerials and recorded two shots while completing 82 percent of his passes. Sometimes, the quiet games are the best ones for defenders.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu started and played 85 decent minutes for Rennes in a 2-1 loss to Nice. He gave his side its best chance of the game when his quick move to the ball in the box resulted in a defender taking him down, earning Rennes a spot kick. His teammate Benjamin Bourigeaud missed the chance, however, and though they would take the lead in the second half, it was via an own goal from Malang Sarr. Unfortunately, they conceded in the 77th and 89th and lost the game. Siebatcheu didn’t record a single shot on the day.
Timothy Weah (PSG)
Weah did not make the PSG roster for their 4-0 win over Saint-Etienne. He has also been ruled out of the PSG squad for their UCL clash with Liverpool.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovich played all but the final moments of stoppage time for Sittard in a 3-2 win over NAC Breda. He won four aerials but didn’t record a single shot on the day or make his way onto the scoresheet with an assist. His team got the win, but Novakovich didn’t have a great performance.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
On the other side of the contest was Palmer-Brown, and the center back certainly can’t be happy having conceded three times on the day. He will be satisfied with going 90 minutes in his club debut, though. The second goal was a horrid error from the keeper, but the first and third –– which was a near-post flicked on corner –– could have both been marked better, by Palmer-Brown and others. It’s really not a welcome sign for NAC, either, as they have now conceded a league-high 14 goals in five games.
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Parks did not play in Benfica’s cup win over Rio Ave, and the reserve side is on an extended break until September 22.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron was a 73rd-minute substitute in his second match for QPR, collecting two clearances and a tackle to help Rangers see out a 2-1 win over Bolton.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
After returning late from USMNT duty, Lichaj wasn’t included in the Hull 18-man squad that defeated Ipswich 2-0.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest, Championship)
Still out of the Forest side, Ariyibi reportedly frustrated a few around the club by apparently refusing to accept a loan move to his former side Chesterfield, now playing in the fifth division. Where his career goes from here is largely uncertain, but his prospects of playing time in the near future certainly don’t look good.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Holmes made his league debut for Derby, entering in the 73rd minute of a 1-0 defeat to Rotherham. He didn’t have much of an impact during his time on the pitch.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch has played 90 minutes twice over the past two weeks for Sunderland, going the distance in both a 1-1 draw against Fleetwood and a 2-1 loss to Burton.
Emerson Hyndman (Hibernian, on loan from Bournemouth, Scottish Premiership)
In a 3-2 win over Kilmarnock, Hyndman started and played 72 minutes before coming off for a sub in a tie game.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Stanko continues to be sidelined by injury. Freiburg tied Stuttgart 3-3.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Boyd was a 77th-minute substitute for Darmstadt,
McKinze Gaines (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Gaines was not in the Darmstadt 18-man roster.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Taking up his usual spot on the right wing, George went 90 minutes for Regensburg in a 2-0 home loss to Dynamo Dresden, forcing two saves from the opposing keeper but struggling otherwise.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson was not in the Sandhausen squad.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten did not feature for Sandhausen this week.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau was an unused sub this week in a 2-2 draw with Union Berlin.
Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford played the final 10 minutes for Heidenheim in a 3-2 loss to Hamburg.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath was not in the 18-man roster for Brugge this week.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike went 90 at right back for Kortrijk in a 1-0 loss to Royal Excel Mouscron.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief returned to health and made his season debut as a 64th-minute sub for Anderlecht, who lost 1-0 to Genk.
Kekuta Manneh (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Manneh played the second half for St. Gallen in a 7-0 thumping of fourth-tier Muri in the Swiss Cup. He did not find the net, however.
Shaq Moore (CF Reus, on loan from Levante, Segunda Liga)
Moore came on with 20 minutes to play for his Reus debut, and his side would snag a late winner in a 1-0 victory over Tenerife.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne remains sidelined with a long-term injury.
Kyle Scott (SC Telstar, on loan from Chelsea, Eerste Divisie)
Scott went the distance at defensive midfielder for Telstar in a 2-0 loss to Cambuur.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall was an unused sub this week.
The USMNT U-19 side came away with the title from the 2018 U-20 Men’s Invitational tournament in Chicago, upending their counterparts to take the trophy of the four-team tournament. There were actually two European-based players in the U-19 squad, both playing in lower leagues and away from our eyes, but both Blaine Ferri of Greuther Fuerth and Akil Watts of Mallorca will be added to our list of prospects below. Elsewhere, it was a relatively quiet week, as the only headline was CJ Dos Santos signing a new deal with Benfica which ties him to the Portuguese club until 2023. Additionally, it was confirmed that the knee injury that’s kept Marlon Fossey sidelined for a few weeks is a ligament tear which will keep him out for most of the rest of the season, although that doesn’t come as a surprise after reports of the injury had previously come out.
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, Premier League)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, Premier League)
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Premier League)
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United, Premier League)
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Championship)
Chris Gloster (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Zyen Jones (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Haji Wright (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga, on loan from FC Dallas)
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, 2. Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akil Watts (Mallorca, Segunda Division)
Sergino Dest (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Eryk Williamson (Santa Clara, Primeira Liga, on loan from Portland Timbers)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Juan Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Jupiler League)