Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Normally one of the USMNT’s most consistent performers, Cameron had perhaps his worst ever game for the national team on Friday in a 2-0 loss to Costa Rica. The center back was the worst player on the pitch, as he was guilty of multiple careless giveaways throughout the 90 minutes, one of which led directly to Los Ticos’ second goal. He also showed a lack of understanding throughout the game next to Tim Ream. The performance doesn’t change the fact that Cameron is a critical piece for Bruce Arena’s side, but it does indicate how much more comfortable he is next to the injured John Brooks. To his credit, Cameron was much better in a substitute appearance Tuesday, coming on with a half-hour to play as the USMNT switched to a back three in an eventual 1-1 draw with Honduras.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman isn’t with the USMNT this week, but he is
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams is not involved in the USMNT squad this week.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Due to the hamstring injury that has kept him on the sidelines during the early part of the Premier League season, Yedlin hasn’t been involved with the USMNT this week. However, it looks increasingly likely that he’ll be available for Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez this weekend, with reports stating that the right back is expected to be fit for Sunday’s clash with Swansea. That’s a huge boost for both Newcastle and — assuming he’s available for October’s qualifiers — the USMNT.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem is recovering from a torn ACL suffered at the U-20 World Cup in May. Initial estimates had him missing up to nine months, which means he likely won’t see the field at any level until 2018. He’s reportedly a little ahead of schedule with his recovery, as videos released recently showed the midfielder running just three months after his injury, but it’s still very unclear as to when he’ll be able to play.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers isn’t with the USMNT as he tries to win a spot in Sheffield United’s squad early in his loan spell. One interesting note for Carter-Vickers is that Spurs recently purchased a pair of young center backs, Colombian Davinson Sanchez and Argentine Juan Foyth. Carter-Vickers is still a highly promising prospect and is thought of highly by Mauricio Pochettino, but his route to the Tottenham first team looks like it’ll be a difficult one.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
He wasn’t involved in the USMNT squad, but Gooch started for the Sunderland U-21 team in a 3-1 Checkatrade Trophy loss to Scunthorpe. Deployed as a striker for the Black Cats, Gooch was a danger for the Scunthorpe defense, forcing a few saves from the Iron keeper, but he couldn’t break through in the contest.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj was called up to the USMNT by Arena but did not appear in either the loss to Costa Rica or the draw against Honduras. The poor performances of Graham Zusi will help his case for more playing time, but Lichaj needs to see more consistent minutes for Forest as well if he is to win a spot for the U.S.
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
Murphy featured twice for Wednesday’s U-23 side this past week and found the scoresheet in their 1-1 draw with Millwall, driving a low strike from just inside 30 yards that slipped under the Lions’ keeper. He went 90 minutes in the contest. There’s less information available on the second game of the week for the side, a 2-1 loss to Ipswich, but Murphy was in the starting lineup.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
As previously mentioned, Ream was a part of the central defensive pairing with Cameron that was torched against Costa Rica. The 29-year-old was a little better than Cameron, but he was also guilty of giving away possession far too easily, as it was his giveaway that led to the opener for Los Ticos. He also lost more than a few runners on the day, and while he also had some decent moments in defense, they don’t outweigh the fact that his mistakes cost the U.S. He was then an unused substitute against Honduras.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
Unsurprisingly, Robinson wasn’t included in the USMNT squad this week, and he did not play for Bolton’s U-18 side either. He has been with the senior team so far this season, though, so that’s not a shock either.
Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi played twice this week for MK Dons and made an impact in both games, a 2-0 Checkatrade Trophy win over Brighton and a 1-1 draw with Oxford. He didn’t make a dent on the scoresheet in the latter, although he was a thorn in Oxford’s side throughout his 90 minutes on the pitch, but he did in the former. The winger capitalized on a horrendous mistake from Brighton’s keeper just after the half-hour mark, robbing him of possession and slotting into an empty net (the goal comes at the beginning of this video) to give Dons a lead in a game they would eventually win by two. The 22-year-old is enjoying a fruitful start to his loan in League 1, and he looks like he’ll be a key figure all season long for the Dons.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
In similar fashion, Holmes also played twice, scoring for Scunthorpe in a Checkatrade Trophy win before a 20-minute substitute appearance in a 1-0 League 1 victory over Bury. In the aforementioned 3-1 win over Sunderland’s academy side in the cup, Holmes played all 90 minutes and doubled Scunthorpe’s lead just before halftime, making an intelligent run and settling a ball forward before finishing with his left foot. He didn’t have the same impact on the weekend, but he did create one dangerous opportunity for a teammate during his substitute appearance.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks’s thigh injury is expected to keep him out for the next three months, and he was sorely missed by the USMNT this week.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler wasn’t involved in Bruce Arena’s USMNT squad this week despite a strong start to the season for Eintracht Frankfurt.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart -> loaned to Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
As expected, Green did get his loan move, being sent on deadline day from Stuttgart to Greuther Fuerth of the 2. Bundesliga. The winger should get his chance to play sooner rather than later, as his new team has yet to tally a point and sits bottom of the 2. Bundesliga with just two goals scored in four games.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
While Green did get his move, Johannsson did not and will remain with Werder Bremen for the foreseeable future. The striker was rumored to be on his way out of the club all summer, and the fact that he is still in Germany could lead to a wasted season. Johannsson has seen limited playing time in the early part of the new season, and that’s not too likely to change in the short term. He was not a part of the USMNT squad this week.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson too struggled against Los Ticos, failing to provide much of an attacking threat or an outlet down the left side in the 2-0 defeat. His lack of club minutes appeared to hamper Johnson in the game, as he simply looked like he was off the pace all game long. It was a disappointing showing for one of the USMNT’s usual key figures, and it led to him being placed on the bench for the draw with Honduras.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie wasn’t included in Arena’s USMNT squad this week.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Despite playing 180 minutes over the USMNT’s two fixtures, Pulisic failed to have his normal impact on the games. The young winger was hassled and harried by both Costa Rica and Honduras, each of whom physically battered the Dortmund starlet. For his part, the 18-year-old did pull out some neat touches and dribbles in each game, and he had a few threatening moments in which he got behind the defense, but they weren’t frequent enough as the USMNT struggled to create chances in each game. It’s become excessively obvious that Arena relies on Pulisic to create the offense for the Americans; on the occasions when he’s not able to, the USMNT struggles.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Stanko was not a part of the U.S. squad for this week’s qualifiers.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
After starting the game against Costa Rica, Wood had the key substitute impact against Honduras, as his 85th minute goal gave the USMNT a critical point. Against Los Ticos, Wood was a busy body but couldn’t help break down a dogged defense, as his pairing with Jozy Altidore didn’t prove fruitful. That meant he had to make his impact off the bench Tuesday, and he did just that at a massively important moment. Wood took down a header from Jordan Morris on his chest before calmly finishing with his left foot from close range as
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd wasn’t included in the USMNT squad.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
Despite his fast start to the season, George remains well outside of the USMNT squad at the moment.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
Gipson wasn’t called into the squad by Arena. He hasn’t appeared for any international team in his career so far.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten has yet to play since picking up a thigh injury a few weeks ago and was not involved for the USMNT this week.
Haji Wright (Sandhausen, on loan from Schalke)
He’s started his loan spell well, but Wright has still yet to appear for the USMNT’s senior side.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter wasn’t involved in the USMNT squad.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Likewise, Morales is on the outside looking in at the USMNT at the moment.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Although he appears to have won the No. 1 shirt for his club, Horvath wasn’t called up as the USMNT’s No. 3 keeper for this international break.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Miazga wasn’t involved for the USMNT this week.
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Novakovich was also not included in Arena’s squad.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Likewise, Payne — who hasn’t played for the U.S. at senior level — wasn’t included by Arena this week.
Kenny Saief (Gent, Jupiler League)
Saief suffered a setback to his hernia injury and will likely be out of action for a couple more months. We will keep you informed as more news comes in.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu didn’t make the USMNT squad this week.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Tall was also not a part of Arena’s team.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren)
Torres, who is fresh off his first appearance for his new club, did not make the trip back to North America for this week’s qualifiers.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale wasn’t in the Villarreal B squad which beat Ontinyent 1-0 this week, and the C team was inactive.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
All of Fulham’s squads were inactive this week.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
All of Fulham’s squads were inactive this week.
Kyle Gruno (Leicester, Premier League)
Gruno didn’t appear for Leicester’s youth squad that lost 3-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy to Fleetwood Town.
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Klinsmann remains sidelined for the time being with an ankle injury. We will keep you posted as more information rolls in.
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore once again started at right back for Levante Atletico, and he made a major impact, scoring a header from a corner kick 12 minutes in for the first goal in an eventual 2-0 win over Elche’s youth team.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
United’s reserve team was inactive this week.
Joshua Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A -> loaned to Livorno Calcio, Lega Pro)
Fiorentina has sent Perez out on loan to third-tier side Livorno. He appeared in their game this past weekend as an 81st minute sub, and this move should provide Perez an opportunity to get some first-team football. Livorno are expected to compete for promotion this season.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Scott did not appear in Koln II’s lineup for their 1-0 loss to Wattenscheid 09.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
None of Chelsea’s youth teams played this week. The more notable update on Scott is that he reportedly was set to be sent on loan to Championship side Reading before the move collapsed on deadline day due to delays in Danny Drinkwater’s move to the Blues.
Joel Sonora (Stuttgart, Bundesliga)
Sonora played the first 77 minutes of Stuttgart II’s 5-1 win over Stuttgarter Kickers, coming off with his team up 2-1. He was not on the scoresheet in the contest.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Taitague played for Schalke’s senior side in a friendly victory over the international break.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Bayern’s reserves did not play last week.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
Weah was not in the PSG II side for their scoreless draw with Chasselay.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Bremen’s second team was inactive this week.