During the weekend of the Super Bowl, few Americans playing the other football overseas were anything close to super. However, with the return of the Bundesliga, there were a couple more Yanks in action than in previous weeks.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron was an unused substitute in Stoke’s 3-1 win over QPR, and he has played just six minutes of Premier League football since being skinned by Alexis Sanchez, a worrying sign for the 29-year-old.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Like Cameron, Guzan had an awful day at the Emirates this weekend, with Arsenal putting five past the keeper and his brutal Villa teammates,
Tim Howard (Everton)
Howard remains sidelined with a calf injury sustained the day after Christmas, with Roberto Martinez saying he is a bit ahead of schedule in his return. Whether he’s able to displace Joel Robles in the Everton net remains to be seen, however, as the 24-year-old Spaniard has kept consecutive clean sheets.
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
Yedlin is on national team duty for the USMNT, and he played 90 minutes at right wingback in the 3-2 loss to Chile, getting involved in the buildup to Jozy Altidore’s goal. The USMNT’s next matchup is on Sunday against Panama, and he will return to Spurs shortly thereafter.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
As expected, Zelalem did not played for the senior side, but he played again for Arsenal’s U-19 team in a 1-0 UEFA Youth League loss to Atletico Madrid.
Regular national teamers not in the Premier League
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Coming off the bench, Bedoya played 18 minutes in Nantes’ 1-1 draw with Lille on Saturday, and was on the pitch for Nantes’ equalizer, a header from a corner.
Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
For the second straight Jupiler League match, Kljestan came off the bench, playing 17 minutes in a scoreless tie.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
As the Bundesliga returned from winter break, Brooks played a mediocre 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss at Werder Bremen. With Hertha playing three at the back, Brooks and his two other compatriots were left out to dry as Hertha was outshot 19-3.
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Another defender who had a rough go in Germany this weekend, Chandler’s Frankfurt surrendered four goals — all after the 60th minute, including a hat trick by substitute Nils Peterson — in a 4-1 loss to Freiburg. Chandler also picked up a yellow in the game.
Julian Green (Hamburg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Green was not selected in Hamburg’s squad for a 2-0 loss to Cologne.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson played a non-noteworthy full match in his side’s win over VfB Stuttgart. He continues to play winger, which shows the German side have plenty of trust in him. Monchengladbach currently sit in 3rd place, so Johnson will get the opportunity to play in some big games in the future.
Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar)
In the eighth minute of what would become a 3-1 win, Johannsson flicked home an attempted overhead kick with a nifty backheel to give Alkmaar a lead over Heracles. The striker has only scored three goals in the Eredivisie this year, but hopefully this was the sign of good things to come.
Others on the USMNT fringes (or other notables)
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman suffered a broken collarbone on USMNT U-20 duty against El Salvador and will miss around six weeks.
Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
Bolton’s three-man back line was hammered by 20th-place Rotherham in a 4-2 loss. Despite the ugly scoreline, Ream was one of the better players on his team, who sit seven points above the relegation zone.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj was an unused sub in Forest’s 1-0 defeat to Millwall.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
On winter break until the 6th of February.
Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)
In the USMNT’s loss, Wood played the first 45 minutes, and was on the pitch for both American goals.
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht)
The Utrecht forward played an unimpressive 70 minutes in a 2-0 to fourth-place PEC Zwolle.