Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams still hasn’t worked his way back from injury, and though recent reports indicate he will be back very soon, nothing new has come out about a potential return date. Leipzig continued their red-hot start with a 3-1 win over Monchengladbach.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks went the distance again this week as Wolfsburg dropped their first points of the season in a 1-1 draw with visiting Paderbron. The left-sided center back, where Brooks has been positioned all three games this year, was caught out slightly on the Paderborn tally, with his mark beating him to flick-on a quickly taken long throw. A few moments and a simple pass later, and Wolfsburg were down a goal. Brooks also won two tackles and passed at an 86 percent clip, but dropping points at home to the promoted minnows will not feel good. Brooks was also named to Gregg Berhalter’s United States Men’s National Team squad, which will take on Mexico and Uruguay in friendlies this Friday and next Tuesday, respectively.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie logged a full shift for Schalke at defensive midfield in a 3-0 win over Hertha Berlin. Schalke’s first two tallies were both own goals, but McKennie was instrumental in the second, picking up a reverse pass on a counter attack before dribbling 50 yards at the heart of the defense. He laid the ball off, and the ensuing shot was going wide before being turned in by the defense. It doesn’t count as an assist, but it was a solid run nonetheless. He did little else to fill the stat sheet, but it was nonetheless a solid performance from the youngster, who celebrated his 21st birthday
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent got his first league start of the season and made great on the opportunity, scoring Werder’s second in a 3-2 win over Augsburg. With the score tied at one early, Sargent brilliantly kept up a Nuri Sahin long ball with his first touch before juggling it over the keeper and tapping it into an empty net for a fantastic finish on his first tally of the season. Sargent was subbed off with eight minutes to play to help preserve the one-goal win. He too was named into the USMNT squad.
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
Steffen made six saves, but it wasn’t enough as Dusseldorf conceded late to lose 2-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt. Neither of the Frankfurt tallies was the keeper’s fault — the first was an in-tight header that featured very poor defensive marking, while the second was a broken play in the box that allowed for a golden opportunity which left Steffan stranded. To pull off either save would have been unexpected and world class, though one of them could have been made. It would have been asking an awful lot of the keeper, however. Steffen will also be in the USMNT camp.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Pulisic went the distance, but neither he nor Chelsea will feel good about blowing a two-goal lead and dropping points at home in a 2-2 draw to lowly Sheffield United. Pulisic was involved in the first goal; Tammy Abraham’s header towards goal looked to be an easy pickup for Blades keeper Dean Henderson, but Pulisic fought his way to the goalmouth, and his presence seemed to throw off Henderson, who spilled the bouncing ball back to Abraham, who finished to give the Blues an early lead. Pulisic also completed four dribbles on the day, but he wasn’t great going forward besides that, and Cheslea’s inability to kill off the game came back to bite them. Pulisic of course will be traveling for the upcoming USMNT matches.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
Yedlin remains out with a groin injury, and after suffering a setback a few weeks ago, it appears he might miss more time. Nothing new has come out about the knock, which isn’t reassuring.
Timothy Weah (Lille)
Lille played twice this week, beating St. Etienne and losing to Stade Reims, but Weah didn’t make the 18-man roster for either as he is out with a muscle injury, which was described by Berhalter as “a very bad hamstring tear” (LINK). It sounds bad, but that knock isn’t expected to keep the 19-year-old out for too long, though it did prevent him from a USMNT callup.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
Boyd started but only made it as far as halftime before being removed for a sub in Besiktas’ 1-1 draw with Rizespor. He recorded two shots and won two aerials and a couple of tackles in his half of action, but the lack of attacking threat appears to have led to his removal with his side down 1-0 at the break. Boyd will now shift to national team duty as he travels for the upcoming battles with Mexico and Uruguay.
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
After being named to the USMNT squad for the first time, Dest started twice for Ajax this week and was excellent in a 2-0 Champions League win that pushed them into the group stage of the competition before also going an hour in a 4-1 league win over Sparta Rotterdam. Playing at right back with starter Noussair Mazraoui suspended, Dest went the distance against APOEL Nicosia and shined, with his performance including a neat through ball forward that began the move for Ajax’s second, and game-clinching, goal. He also passed at 91 percent with two key passes. On the weekend, the 18-year-old started over Mazraoui and went 65 minutes before coming off with Ajax up 4-0. He wasn’t quite as effective in that game, being pegged back a little bit more, but he helped his side to the win regardless. He appears to be in line for his first minutes with the USMNT this week.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
Horvath again backed up Simon Mignolet in Brugge’s goal for the 2-1 UCL victory against LASK Linz and a 1-1 Jupiler League draw with Genk. The 24-year-old also missed out on a USMNT call up due to a lack of first-team action.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover)
There were reportedly many teams interested in going after Soto before the window closed with his contract set to expire after the season, but nobody finished a move off before the deadline hit Monday. As a result, Soto looks set for sporadic minutes if any over the first half of the season, though Hannover’s struggles through five games could change that. The 19-year-old will join the USMNT U-23 team for a training camp in San Diego and a match against Japan to follow.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood was a late substitute, coming on in the 87th minute of Hamburg’s 3-0 win over Hannover. Hamburg added another attacker Monday before the window closed, so the 26-year-old’s opening for playing time early in the season for his league-leading side may have shut as well.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Holmes made his return from injury this week for Derby, playing 90 minutes in a 3-0 EFL Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest and coming on as a halftime sub in a league loss by that same scoreline. The midfielder played out of position at right wing-back against Forest and was decent before coming on with his team already down 3-0 on the weekend and having a moderate impact with one sharp dribble in particular. It was a big step in the right direction as the 24-year-old made his season debut, and he should have plenty of chances to build on that going forward.
After suffering a hamstring injury last weekend, Miazga missed out on both Reading squads this week The USMNT regular also missed out on the national team squad. It’s unclear when he’ll be able to return to the Reading outfit, but his presence was missed this week as they conceded four goals.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading -> sold to Frosinone, Serie B)
An extended period of rumors linking him to clubs in the Netherlands and Germany finally ended with Novakovich making the switch from Reading to Italy and joining Serie B side Frosinone. The 22-year-old striker joins a side that was relegated from the first division last year and will expect to be in the fight to bounce straight back up. Frosinone have played with a two-striker system so far this year, so there should be plenty of playing time for Novakovich as he looks to earn consistent minutes and score plenty of goals for his new side. He’ll move down to the “Others” section of this list next week, but a promotion would certainly get him back into the spotlight.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
After watching Fulham’s EFL Cup loss to Southampton from the sidelines, Ream was back in the XI and went the full 90 minutes in the Cottagers’ 1-1 draw with Cardiff. He didn’t have much of an impact on the final result despite finishing with two clearances and passing at a solid 92 percent, though Fulham did well to hold onto a point despite playing a man down for nearly half an hour. The Cottagers are in sixth place early in the season.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
Robinson was a standout in Wigan’s scoreless draw with Barnsley. In addition to helping his defense keep a clean sheet with four tackles, three interceptions, and two clearances, the left back also got forward efficiently, tallying three successful dribbles and a key pass that led to a chance. The 22-year-old was not named to the USMNT this week, so he’ll have a few days off before getting back to Wigan’s long season ahead.
Chandler was twice an unused sub for Eintracht this week in 3-0 Europa League win over Strasbourg –– which qualified them for the competition’s group stage –– and their aforementioned win over Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Johnson started but didn’t have a great 74 minutes before being removed for a sub in Gladbach’s loss to Leipzig. His only positive stat was a single tackle.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Bundesliga)
Morales started and went the distance for Fortuna in their aforementioned loss, and he assisted on Fortuna’s goal with an excellent cross (LINK) that was headed home by teammate Rouwen Hennings to put Dusseldorf ahead. He is definitely staking a claim to a starters role, though, and the 29-year-old received more good news as he was called into Berhalter’s squad, his first callup since early 2016.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, Bundesliga)
Shelton was not on the Paderborn 18-man roster this week.
Ariyibi twice missed Forest’s 18-man roster this week, and it became clear why on Monday when he joined Greek Super League side Panetolikos before the close of the transfer window. The 24-year-old leaves Forest without having appeared in a game for the senior side but will now get a fresh start with a club that finished ninth out of 16 in Greece’s top flight last season. It’s a new challenge for Ariyibi, but it’s one that should provide the winger with something of a new beginning as he aims to really kick-start his stagnating career.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
Cameron is sidelined with an injury and missed both QPR games this week.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Stoke City, Championship, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
CCV played 120 minutes in the League Cup on Tuesday as Stoke outlasted Leeds on penalties following a 2-2 draw. He missed out on the weekend contest against Birmingham City.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre made his first appearance of the year, starting and going until stoppage time before being pulled for a sub in a 1-0 EFL Cup loss to Southampton. He wasn’t in the squad for the Championship matchup on the weekend. Given that, it’s probably just a one-off, with Fulham gaffer Scott Parker not putting too much weight into the League Cup result.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
There was good news for Hull and Lichaj this week as the left back returned from injury in a 1-1 Championship draw with Millwall. He went the distance and picked up a yellow card along the way.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George went the distance and scored Regensburg’s fifth (also adding an assist) in a 5-0 rout of Wehen Wiesbaden. George received an over-the-top ball on a sneaky run through and beat the keeper before tapping into the gaping net. Video of the tally can be seen starting at 2:16 here.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Green continues to get his run for Greuther, going 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw with Arminia Bielefeld. The center attacking midfielder picked up his second yellow in as many weeks.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford was an unused sub for St. Pauli, who played a wild 3-3 draw with Dynamo Dresden.
Stephen Payne (Portimonense, Primeira Liga)
Payne was not in the 18-man squad for Portimonense. They fell 1-0 to Moreirense.
Desevio Payne (FC Emmen, Eredivisie)
Payne was an unused sub for Emmen, who fell 3-1 to PEC Zwolle.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright subbed on with half an hour to play, but couldn’t help find Venlo a goal in a 1-0 loss to Den Haag. He’s now featured in four of five Eredivisie games for Venlo. Wright was called into the USMNT’s U-23 team for their upcoming camp and fixture with Japan.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike went the distance as Kortrijk who drew 2-2 with Oostende. Kortrijk sit in the bottom half with eight points in six matches.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief was not chosen for Anderlecht’s squad in their 1-0 win over Standard Liege.
Phillipe Sandler (Anderlecht, Jupiler League, on loan from Manchester City)
Sandler went the distance in the victory for Anderlecht.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga, on loan from Manchester City)
After being sent off last weekend, Palmer-Brown was suspended and missed this weekend’s 3-1 loss to Rapid Wien.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Moore was again an unused sub as Tenerife were smacked 4-0 by Ponferradina.
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Danish Super League)
Amon remains sidelined and missed Nordsjaelland’s 2-1 win over Hobro. The winger remained at the club through the window despite some rumors earlier in the summer, and now he’ll focus on getting healthy to get back into the squad.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Cappis played 79 minutes in the aforementioned loss to Amon’s Nordsjaelland.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Sabbi went the distance for Hobro. He also, despite massive speculation, stuck with his current side through the transfer window and will hope to lift the team away from the relegation mire it was in last season.
Yosef Samuel (Hobro, Danish Super League)
A week after replacing Sabbi, Samuel replaced Cappis, coming on in the 79th minute for Hobro.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Polster wasn’t involved in either of Rangers’ contests this week, a 1-0 Europa League win over Legia Warsaw and a 2-0 home loss to Celtic.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall went the distance in Malmo’s second-leg Europa League 1-0 win over Bnei Yehuda, assisting on the only goal of the game with a precise low cross to teammate Guillermo Molins (LINK). He was then brought on in the 79th minute of a league match against Kalmar moments after Malmo scored their fifth and final goal in a 5-0 win.
Aron Johannsson (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)
Johannsson was brought on as an injury-enforced change in the 20th minute and played the remainder of Hammarby’s 2-0 loss to Norrkoping.
Jonathan Klinsmann (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
St. Gallen were inactive this past weekend.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch was taken off in the 63rd minute of Sunderland’s 3-0 loss to Peterborough after playing the entirety of their 3-1 EFL Cup win over Burnley.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Kelman was an unused substitute in a 4-1 cup loss to MK Dons before serving as a 71st-minute entrant in a 3-0 league loss to Rochdale. He was also called into the U.S. U-20 team for the first time.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
Olosunde went the distance at right back twice for Rotherham this week, first in a heartbreaking 1-0 EFL Cup loss (via a 96th-minute tally) to Sheffield Wednesday, then in a 1-1 league draw against Tranmere.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Phillips was an unused substitute as Wycombe played AFC Wimbledon to a 0-0 tie.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes was brought on due to an injury in the 25th minute and Dundee United’s derby match with Dundee FC level at one, and he went on to net United’s fourth in an eventual 6-2 win over the crosstown rivals.
USMNT U-23: Training camp and match vs. Japan
Chris Gloster, Alex Mendez. Additionally, Kilmarnock defender Niko Hamalainen, on loan from QPR, looked set to commit to Finland’s national team, who he has played for at senior level, but he accepted a US U-23 call and will join the list below.
USMNT U-20: Two matches in Slovenia
Ian Hoffmann, Stuart Ritchie, Travian Sousa, Matteo Ritaccio, Indiana Vassilev, Konrad de la Fuente, Jalen Hawkins. Also, Johan Gomez, who recently signed with Porto and is not yet on our watch list will also be with the squad (and will join the list below). Matko Miljevic was called up, too, but his club Argentinos Juniors did not release him to play.
USMNT U-17: Four Nations Tournament in Netherlands
Chituru Odunze, Jonathan Tomkinson, Maxi Dietz, Noah Jones, Gio Reyna
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)
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)
Dillon Keane (Stoke City, 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)
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)