Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron took up his normal place at the center of the USMNT defense in the Americans’ 6-0 win Friday and helped the side to a clean sheet that has pushed the USA to the brink of qualification for the Hex. Yes, the opponent was St. Vincent and the Grenadines, so the shutout was to be expected, but Cameron and the rest of the defense (which we will get to shortly) really held down the fort, only allowing one shot.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Guzan needed to make just one save in the 6-0 thrashing of St. Vincent, and he did just that. Like Cameron, there wasn’t a whole lot for Guzan to do, but hopefully he can build on this performance when he returns to Middlesbrough this weekend.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman was not part of the USMNT for the international break, but he did play 90 minutes for Bournemouth in a friendly loss to AC Milan.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea -> Vitesse)
Though Miazga wasn’t chosen in Klinsmann’s squad, it was still a big week for the center back, as he was loaned from Chelsea to Vitesse Arnhem just before the transfer deadline. Miazga joins a pair of players on this list in the Eredivisie and should see significant minutes this season thanks to this move.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Just like the two aforementioned USMNT players, Yedlin went the full distance at right back in the win. Unfortunately for Yedlin, his 13th-minute yellow card has ruled him out of the matchup Tuesday with Trinidad and Tobago in Jacksonville due to suspension, and he returned to England to resume training with his new Newcastle teammates.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers was not in the squad for the qualifiers.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch did not make the senior call up either, but earlier this week, it was reported that he may soon earn a place in the USMNT and is definitely on Jurgen Klinsmann’s radar.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem wasn’t called up, and despite rumours that he was heading to Bolton on loan, he has stayed put at Arsenal for at least the fall.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
The Championship was off this week, and Ream was not in the USMNT squad. It has been reported recently that Ream could be on his way back to the MLS, with multiple teams apparently interested in the outside back.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
As expected, de la Torre was not selected to the USMNT squad.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj was also not in the squad.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich was not in Reading’s 18-man squad which beat Cardiff 1-0.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams was not in Klinsmann’s team either.
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
Spector also missed a shot at a callup.
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
Ariyibi appeared twice for Chesterfield last week, with the first being a 45-minute appearance against Wolves in the revamped Football League Trophy competition, a knockout cup that has been heavily protested against due to changes in format. Then on the weekend, Ariyibi again went the distance for Chesterfield in a disappointing last-minute 2-1 loss to AFC Wimbledon. Putting in three out of four halves is another great sign for Ariyibi, who continues to truck forward for the Spireites.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes also appeared in the cup competition, and played 48 minutes in a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough’s academy. He was subbed off after a knee-on-knee collision with a Boro player, but manager Graham Alexander said after the game it was done for precautionary reasons.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd was not in the USMNT squad, but he is reportedly fully healthy, which is fantastic news for a player who has been out for so long as he works his way further into Leipzig’s squad.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks was initially called up for international duty, but he was forced to withdraw after picking up a back injury. It’s unclear how serious the injury is, but both his club and his national side will be hoping it’s nothing more than a minor knock.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
While his domestic season has started well, Chandler wasn’t picked by Jurgen Klinsmann for the roster for the World Cup qualifying squad. He instead has remained in Germany to train as he tries to grasp onto a starting position in Eintracht’s side.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green wasn’t included in Klinsmann’s USMNT roster as he tries to solidify his spot in Bayern’s squad. He didn’t play in the club’s Bundesliga opener, but he wrote this week on Goal.com that he’ll be ready when Carlo Ancelotti does decide to call his name.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Following his return from a lengthy injury layoff, Johannsson was left off Klinsmann’s squad. That makes sense, seeing as he’s still lacking some match fitness, but he did play in a friendly for Bremen against sixth-division side Kickers Emden and score a whopping five goals in an 8-1 win. The hope is that Johannsson will be ready to rejoin the national team by the time the first games of the Hex roll around in November, and if he can regain his form by then, he should be an instrumental piece of the roster throughout the Hex.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson played the first 67 minutes of the USMNT’s dominant win over St. Vincent at left wing. He often plays in a more defensive role for the United States, but after being pushed up into the attack, Johnson was dynamic Friday, setting up the game’s opening goal with an easy layoff that Bobby Wood ripped into the back of the net. It’s unclear whether or not he’ll remain in the midfield — or if he’ll even play Tuesday with qualification to the Hex all but secured — but Johnson certainly made a case to do both of those things with his showing Friday.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
It’s been a while since Morales was called up by Klinsmann, and that trend continued this week. He instead has remained in Germany as he tries to solidify his starting spot in Ingolstadt’s midfield.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
We gave Pulisic plenty of love yesterday, but some things are worth talking about more than once. The 17-year-old was exceptional Friday after entering for Johnson, scoring two excellent goals (Here’s the first and the second) and assisting on another. While he hasn’t nailed down a consistent slot in Dortmund’s squad in the early going, there’s no doubt that Pulisic is one of — if not the — highest-rated prospects to ever come out of the United States, and his stock should continue to skyrocket as he gets more chances for club and country.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
A surprise inclusion in Klinsmann’s roster, Stanko did not appear against St. Vincent. It’s likely that the 23-year-old will get his debut Tuesday in a match that matters for seeding in the Hex and little else, so the midfielder be one to watch in Jacksonville.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse is not a part of Klinsmann’s squad this week, and he instead remained in Germany with his loan club. He started for Bochum in a friendly victory over Koln on Thursday, so he is at least getting a look in at the 2. Bundesliga club.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Similarly, Kiesewetter was also not involved for the USMNT, but he did play 73 minutes in a friendly against German fifth-tier side FC Bocholt, seeing one shot cleared off the line. The forward has had an impact early in his Fortuna career, and he’ll hope that continues in the coming months.
Fafa Picault (St. Pauli)
Picault isn’t a part of the USMNT’s roster this week, and he wasn’t involved in St. Pauli’s friendly win over Austria’s Wiener SK.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten was also not included in the USMNT squad, and it’s unclear whether he played in Sandhausen’s friendly win over Mainz.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Klinsmann did not call up Siebatcheu for the week’s USMNT fixtures.
Ethan Horvath (Molde, Tippeligaen)
As third-string goalkeeper, Horvath is in the USMNT squad this week, but he didn’t play against St. Vincent. With Tim Howard already announced as the starter for Tuesday’s game, it’s unlikely that Horvath will see his first action for the senior side this week.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
As he settles with his new Scottish side, for whom he debuted last weekend, Johnsen did not receive a call up from Klinsmann. With the USMNT set up a bit thin at striker, however, there’s a chance he could get a look in the next set of friendlies in October.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
While he’s turned into a fan favorite early in his career in Scotland, Kitchen was not picked by Klinsmann this week, but more performances like the ones he’s put forth early in the season should change that.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
The young fullback was not chosen by Klinsmann in this week’s roster, which is unsurprising since he’s yet to make an appearance for Groningen’s senior side this season.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht, Eredivisie)
Rubin was picked by Klinsmann, although he didn’t play against St. Vincent. But with qualification to the Hex essentially guaranteed, Rubin could be in line to make his fourth USMNT appearance in Tuesday’s game against Trinidad and Tobago.