Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams has yet to return to the Leipzig team as he recovers from a groin injury. His side got a pair of big wins this week, 2-1 over Benfica in the Champions League and 3-0 over Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks too has yet to make it back from his adductor injury, as he missed both Wolfsburg 18-man rosters this week. Wolfsburg beat FC Oleksandria 3-1 in the Europa League and drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie started and went 75 minutes before being removed for a sub in Schalke’s 2-1 win over Mainz. He wasn’t involved in any goal –– with the winner being scored after he was removed –– and disappointedly was one of the closest defenders to Karim Onisiwo’s strike which leveled the score for Mainz on 74 minutes. It wasn’t McKennie’s fault, as his center back should have stepped up to cover, but with a little better anticipation, McKennie could have blocked the effort altogether. Already on a yellow card, he was removed two minutes later. The central midfielder did win five aerials on the day but passed at a poor 70 percent clip. After finishing just above the relegation zone last year, Schalke look greatly improved with 10 points in five games, three off the leaders’ pace.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent was on the wrong side of Bremen’s aforementioned hammering at the hands of RB Leipzig, starting and playing 80 minutes before being removed for a sub. Werder were missing a slew of first-team regulars, and it showed against the league’s current top side, who held Bremen to eight shots, of which Sargent had none. The forward sprinkled the stat sheet but didn’t really make much of an impact on the match.
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
Steffen had nothing short of an incredible game against Borussia Monchengladbach, but a pair of defensive lapses late saw Dusseldorf fall 2-1. The keeper made nine saves, including four incredible stops: an acrobatic double save, an amazing in-tight stop, and a flying palm out right before Gladbach’s winner, which resulted from some horrid Düsseldorf defense. According to whoscored.com, Steffen’s 33 saves is the most in Europe’s top five leagues. Dusseldorf’s leaky defense has helped contribute to that number, but as he displayed this weekend, the 24-year-old is making both easy and difficult stops. After the performance this weekend, it’s impossible to deny that the netminder’s stock is growing.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Pulisic has clearly dropped down the Chelsea depth chart, as he didn’t play a single minute this week despite the Blues playing in both Europe, a 1-0 UCL loss to Valencia, and the Premier League, in which they lost 2-1 to Liverpool. He watched both games
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
Yedlin is back in first-team training but hasn’t returned to the Newcastle squad. He missed out on their 18-man roster this week as the Magpies earned a point in a goalless draw against Brighton.
Timothy Weah (Lille)
It’s no surprise that Weah, who is dealing with a hamstring tear, didn’t make either Lille roster this week. His side lost 3-0 to Ajax in the Champions League and drew Rennes 1-1 in Ligue 1 action.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
Boyd remains on the fringe of the Besiktas setup. Despite being named in the Europa League squad, he didn’t make the 18-man roster for their 4-2 loss to Slovan Bratislava. On Monday, the winger watched from the bench as Besiktas drew 1-1 with Istanbul Basaksehir.
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
It was yet another momentous week for the fastest-rising prospect in the USMNT pool as Dest started and went the distance twice for Ajax, playing in two huge games for the Dutch giants. First, the right back was given his first Champions League Group Stage start and performed well in a 3-0 win over Lille. The 18-year-old wasn’t asked to do a lot defensively, tallying two tackles, a clearance, and an interception, but he was solid going forward with two successful dribbles, a 94 percent pass completion rate, and one skill move in which he embarrassed two Lille defenders trying to close him down. On the weekend, Dest again earned the start at right back in a massive Eredivisie game against rivals PSV, which ended 1-1. He struggled a bit in that contest, but he wasn’t involved in the goal PSV scored, while he did play a part in Ajax’s lone tally with a strong surge forward and a hard centering pass which Dusan Tadic settled for Quincy Promes to finish. Ajax would lose their lead in the final 15 minutes, which is undoubtedly frustrating for Dest and his teammates, but the club remains joint-level atop the league table, alongside PSV and Vitesse.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
Horvath is fully entrenched in his backup role for Brugge and again watched from the bench this week as an unused substitute. Brugge began their Champions League campaign with a scoreless home draw against Galatasaray before sweating out a 2-1 Jupiler League win over Anderlecht.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover)
Soto missed the Hannover 18-man squad that beat Holstein Kiel 2-1, with different reports indicating that he was held out with either an injury or an illness. The 19-year-old has played just once this season for Hannover.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood was an 81st-minute substitute as Hamburg throttled his former side Erzgebirge Aue by a 4-0 scoreline. All four goals had been scored by the time the striker entered the game, and the 26-year-old didn’t get a touch of the ball in his 10-plus minutes.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Holmes went all 90 minutes as Derby scored in stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw with Leeds, the team the Rams defeated on their way to last season’s promotion playoff final. The midfielder had trouble getting involved in the game as he finished with the fewest touches of any player who went 90 minutes. He also picked up a yellow card and lost possession seven times, more than anyone else in his side. It was a big point for a scuffling Derby team that has just eight points through eight games, far off the pace the Rams set last year en route to the playoffs.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Mizaga is back in training as he works his way back from a hamstring injury, but he wasn’t ready to get back on the pitch this weekend for Reading, who fell 2-1 at home to Blackburn. There’s a remote chance that he’ll be fit to return Saturday when the Royals visit Swansea, but an early October return date may be more likely.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream again played the full 90 minutes as Fulham conceded at the deaths to let a point slip away in a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. The center back wasn’t responsible for Wednesday’s late equalizer, but he was also less than spectacular throughout the contest, tallying just two clearances and winning only three of six aerials. He was also a bit fortunate to not be burned a few times as Wednesday’s finishing was poor all afternoon. Their third consecutive draw dropped the Cottagers down to 12th in the table.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
Wigan earned a solid 2-0 win over a Charlton side that had started well after promotion. Robinson was deployed in his usual spot as the Latics’ starting left back and put together a solid, if unspectacular, performance, especially in attack as he had a shot, a successful dribble, and repeatedly joined in Wigan attacks down the left side. He was up-and-down defensively, notably tallying zero tackles in three attempts, but he nonetheless helped his club to three important points that take Wigan three points clear of the bottom three.
Chandler was twice a late sub this week for Frankfurt, who fell 3-0 in the Europa League to Arsenal and drew 2-2 with Dortmund on the weekend. He played the last 15 minutes against the Gunners, but did come on when his side was only down 1-0. On the weekend, he played the last 10 minutes and again came on with his side down a goal, though a Thomas Delaney own goal helped Frankfurt equalize late. Chandler also picked up a yellow card in the latter contest.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Johnson was not in the 18-man roster for either of Gladbach’s games this week, a 4-0 UEL pounding at the hands of Austrian side Wolfsberger and the aforementioned 2-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Bundesliga)
Morales has not returned from a groin injury picked up during the international break.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, Bundesliga)
Shelton again did not make the Paderborn squad.
Gboly Ariyibi (Panetolikos, Greek Super League)
Ariyibi’s move to Greece has worked out so far, at least from a playing-time perspective, as he again got a full 90 minutes under his belt in a 1-0 loss to AEK. However, his side has four straight losses to start the season and is only not in dead last because Panionios were deducted six points before the season began.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
Cameron is fully back from injury, going to the distance in a 2-1 win over Millwall which boosted QPR to fifth in the table. The center back picked up a yellow card in the contest.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Stoke City, Championship, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers was at it again for Stoke this week, who kept a clean sheet in a goalless draw with Brentford. According to at least one report, CCV has been a welcome addition after sitting for the early part of the season. Still, the Potters have just two points in eight games and sit second from bottom.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre played for the U23s this week and did impressively, scoring twice, including an 85th-minute winner in a wild 5-4 triumph against Reading. It’s a good sign, but DLT has been stuck in the youth ranks for a couple of years now. It’s worth wondering what vision the club really has for him if he doesn’t start to see first-team action in the very near future.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj logged a full 90 minutes for Hull, who smacked
Jann-Christopher George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George started and scored the opening goal of Regensburg’s match, but Dynamo Dresden would come back to win 2-1. George took advantage of a defensive mistake on a long ball and punished Dynamo with a nice finish to the near post. The tally can be seen starting at 1:10 in the video here. It was George’s second goal of the season.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Green continues to find himself in the Greuther XI. He went 90 minutes this week in a 2-0 loss to Stuttgart.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford remains out with an unknown injury. St. Pauli drew 1-1 with Osnabruck.
Andrija Novakovich (Frosinone, Serie B)
Novakovich got his first start this week for Forsinone in a 1-1 draw with Venezia. He lasted 55 minutes before being removed for a sub.
Stephen Payne (Portimonense, Primeira Liga)
S. Payne did not make the 18 for Portimonense’s goalless draw with Setubal.
Desevio Payne (FC Emmen, Eredivisie)
D. Payne also missed his team’s 18-man roster. FC Emmen also drew, but it was a better result, a six-goal affair with Feyenoord split three apiece.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright was subbed on with 20 minutes to play and his side down 1-0 to Willem II. He couldn’t move the needle, though, as the scoreline would ultimately hold.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike was an unused sub for Kortrijk. It doesn’t seem to matter if he is on the field or not, as the team’s defense is in shambles. Kortrijk fell again this week, 3-2 to Mechelen.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Once again, Saief didn’t make the Anderlecht squad that lost 2-1 to Club Brugge.
Phillipe Sandler (Anderlecht, Jupiler League, on loan from Manchester City)
Sandler earned another start and went the distance in Anderlecht’s defeat. He picked up a late yellow card. The 22-year-old center back has started all but one of Anderlecht’s Jupiler League matches so far this season.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown earned his third start for Austria Wien and produced by far his best performance since moving to Austria on loan, going 90 minutes at center back and helping his team to a 2-0 win over Altach.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Moore was an unused substitute for Tenerife in a 1-1 draw with Elche before making his first start for the club and playing the first 60 minutes, coming off with the score still at 0-0, in an eventual 1-0 loss to Fuenlabrada.
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Danish Super League)
For the second straight week, Amon made a bright substitute cameo, entering in the 67th minute of Nordsjaelland’s 2-1 win over Aalborg. All of the goals had been scored by the time he was introduced, but the 20-year-old winger was reportedly lively after coming on.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Cappis went 90 minutes as Hobro played to a 1-1 draw against SønderjyskE. His performance earned the midfielder a nod as Hobro’s man of the match.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Sabbi played 73 minutes before exiting for a substitute in Hobro’s tie. He left with his side down 1-0.
Yosef Samuel (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Samuel once again sat on the bench this week for Hobro.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Polster didn’t make either of Rangers’ squads this week. His team beat Feyenoord 1-0 in its Europa League Group Stage opener before cruising past St. Johnstone 4-0 in league play.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall played twice this week for Malmo, first coming on as an 86th-minute substitute in a 1-0 Europa League defeat to Dynamo Kyiv, then starting and going 63 minutes in a 3-0 win over Elfsborg (in which he came off seconds after his side went a goal up).
Aron Johannsson (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)
After leaving last week’s contest early due to injury, Johannsson was out of the Hammarby squad that beat AIK 2-1 this weekend. It’s unclear when the striker will be able to return to action.
Jonathan Klinsmann (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
After picking up a red card last week in a cup match, Klinsmann served his suspension this week and missed out on St. Gallen’s 3-1 win over Servette.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch started twice for Sunderland, playing the first 85 minutes of a 1-1 draw with Rotherham before going the distance in a game against Bolton that finished with that same 1-1 scoreline.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Kelman didn’t make the 18-man squad that fell 4-3 to Shrewsbury in the midweek, but he was in the starting lineup and — very shortly thereafter — on the scoresheet on the weekend, tallying the only goal of the game to help the Shrimpers beat MK Dons 1-0. After a neat layoff in the buildup, the striker followed up his own blocked effort by poking a loose ball home with his weaker left foot in the fourth minute, and the goal held up as Southend got their first win of the season. Making it even more of an emotional moment, his grandfather reportedly passed away last week, so the goal has plenty of extra meaning for the 17-year-old.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
After going 90 minutes in Rotherham’s midweek draw with Sunderland, Olosunde wasn’t included in the squad that played to a scoreless tie against Shrewsbury. The right back reportedly has been bothered by a sore hamstring for much of the early portion of the season, and that problem kept him sidelined this weekend. His fitness is a big question mark for Rotherham ahead of next week’s trip to Bristol Rovers.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Like Olosunde, Phillips went the distance for Wycombe in a 1-1 midweek draw against Accrington (in which the center back shined as one of Wycombe’s best) before sitting out of Wanderers’ 1-0 weekend win over Portsmouth (though he was a substitute in that one).
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes went 90 minutes in Dundee United’s midfield and helped his side turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win with goals in the 88th and 90th minutes.
Some signings and potential future movement were hinted at as well this week. A new dual American-German name, left back Tom Kanowski, has popped up on Werder Bremen’s U-17s and will be added to the watch list. Meanwhile, longtime US youth international Bryang Kayo, a 17-year-old who came through the DC United academy, moved to USL side Orange County SC, opening the door for a long-rumored move to Europe when he turns 18 next July. Multiple German teams are reportedly interested in the youngster with Wolfsburg and Schalke apparently at the front of the pack.
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 Liebold (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)
Matteo Carbone (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Niko Gioacchini (Caen, Ligue 1)
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)
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)