Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams again missed both RB Leipzig squads this week, having yet to return from a lingering adductor injury that has kept him out since the spring. Leipzig continued their hot start, winning in the Champions League –– to put them on the brink of last 16 qualification –– and securing three points in the league with a 4-2 win over Hertha on the weekend.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Strangely, Brooks missed both Wolfsburg’s Europa League and Bundesliga matches this week, watching the former from the stands and the latter from the bench. Given his inclusion in the 18-man roster on the weekend, it doesn’t appear the center back is injured, so his lack of play time is noteworthy. Wolfsburg lost both contests, 3-1 to Gent and 2-0 to Bayer Leverkusen, so the center back might be in for a swift return to help bolster a defense that conceded five this week. Despite missing both games, Brooks was called into Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT squad for their upcoming CONCACAF Nations League matches with Canada and Cuba.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
One of McKennie’s best qualities is his versatility, but manager David Wagner may have pushed too far this week, deploying the 21-year-old as a center back and duly being punished three times in a 3-3 draw with Fortuna Dusseldorf. McKennie was directly at fault for the opener when a corner kick was subsequently headed into his outstretched arm, leading to a converted penalty kick. On the third as well, McKennie was caught too far forward and was then beaten by an inch-perfect chipped through ball that split him and fellow center back Ozan Kabak for
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent was subbed on with 10 minutes to play and his side down 3-0 in an eventual 3-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach. He was not involved in the tally and did little of note during his time on the pitch. Sargent was also called up for the USMNT’s upcoming games.
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
Steffen was on the other end of the offensive battle between his Fortuna and McKennie’s Schalke, but it worked out no better for the keeper, who saw three fly into his net. Steffen really couldn’t have done much about any of the tallies, with the first — a hard, low finish from Daniel Caligiuri — being the most saveable but still very tough. The second was a header from very close, and the third was a nasty deflection which left the keeper with little chance. Surprisingly, Steffen was forced to withdraw from USMNT duty with a lingering knee injury which he hopes a week or two of rest will eliminate.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Pulisic’s top-notch recent play earned him two more starts this week in Frank Lampard’s side, and he continued to earn his gaffer’s trust with another very solid week. In a wild 4-4 midweek draw with Ajax, Pulisic got Chelsea rolling by drawing a fourth-minute penalty for the Blues that allowed them to equalize after conceding just moments into the match. Later in the match, the winger played a low cross that was deflected to Cesar Azpilicueta for a tap in from one foot out (full highlights of the match, including both aforementioned plays, are available here). He didn’t get the assist and wasn’t on the scoresheet for either of the last two tallies, but it was another good performance with three dribbles and three tackles as well. Pulisic then did get on the scoresheet on the weekend, notching Chelsea’s second goal to put the game away with 10 minutes to play. The winger lurched at a deflected shot, and his flying header directed the ball into the back of the net to seal a 2-0 win. On top of that, Pulisic completed a game-high six dribbles –– almost half of his team’s total -– and earned a man-of-the-match 8.6 match rating on whoscored.com. Pulisic, of course, was called into the USMNT roster.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
Speaking of flying headers from deflected shots, Yedlin had one too this week as he scored a similar, albeit more athletic, goal to Pulisic. It was critical, too, as the tally on the stroke of halftime tied the contest with Bournemouth before a second-half push saw Newcastle win 2-1. Yedlin showed desire, speed, and intuition on the goal, sneaking behind the backline and making the most out of the half-chance. Yedlin also had three tackles in the contest. The win pushed Newcastle to 13th, but just two points behind fifth place. Yedlin will be suiting up for the USMNT this week after being called into Berhalter’s roster.
Timothy Weah (Lille)
After returning to training last week, nothing came out about Weah’s health this week. He did not make either Lille roster as his side was eliminated from UCL action with a loss to Valencia before drawing Metz on the weekend.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
On Thursday, Boyd was given an increasingly rare start, getting the nod in Besiktas’s Europa League matchup against Braga. He took advantage as well, scoring his first goal for the club to bring Besiktas level at one in a game they’d go on to lose 3-1. The winger got the ball in space at the edge of the box, made a defender miss with a fake, and slotted in at the near post with his weaker left foot for an impressive tally that brought Besiktas into the game,
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
After his lengthy run in the team to start the season, Dest has found himself on the bench suddenly. He went as an unused sub in a wild 4-4 Champions League draw with Chelsea and was a second-half substitute in a 4-0 league win over Utrecht, coming on in the 55th minute. The right back impressed in that abbreviated appearance, winning four of four tackles and passing at 93 percent, but it’s now three games in a row in which Noussair Mazraoui — who started the season injured but is back to full health — has been preferred to Dest. That in no way affects the 19-year-old’s long-term outlook, but he faces a battle to get himself back into the starting XI after he returns from international duty, where he’ll presumably make his first USMNT appearance(s) since announcing his decision to play for the United States.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
As usual, Horvath watched both of Brugge’s games from the bench this week as the side lost 1-0 in the UCL to Paris Saint-Germain and fell 2-1 to Royal Antwerp in Jupiler League play. Starter Simon Mignolet gave away an unfortunate own goal in the latter, but it certainly wasn’t the kind of mistake that would lead to a benching for an international-level keeper.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood was given a rare chance with a game that still hung in the balance, coming on in the 66th minute with 10-man Hamburg trailing Holstein Kiel 1-0. He helped swing the balance of the match and earn his side a point as he was one of a few players causing havoc in the box on the stoppage-time corner kick that Timo Letschert turned home to earn Hamburg an equalizer. It’s the longest and most influential outing of the year for the 26-year-old, and he’ll hope more follow after the international break.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Holmes played 73 minutes for Derby before being withdrawn for a sub with the Rams searching for an equalizer than never came in a 1-0 loss to rivals Nottingham Forest. The midfielder struggled to get much going in his time on the pitch, as he tallied four dribbles but also completed just 66 percent of his passes and lost possession four times. He came under criticism among segments of the Derby support after for his display as well, so it’ll be a game the 25-year-old will want to forget quickly. Derby have alternated wins and losses in their last six Championship fixtures, and they’ll hope that run continues when they return from the international break against second-place Preston.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga continues to look more comfortably each passing week as the right-sided center back in a back three, although he didn’t have a lot to do in Reading’s dominant 3-0 win over Luton this weekend. The 24-year-old won four of five aerials and tallied two clearances, and he had one shot blocked at the other end, but he really wasn’t tested much by Luton’s attack in what was a comfortable win for the Royals, who are unbeaten in four and have moved up to 17th in the table. Somewhat surprisingly, Miazga was not included in the USMNT squad for this week’s CONCACAF Nations League fixtures.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Fulham had to work harder to keep a clean sheet than Reading did, but they too accomplished the feat, with Ream and his cohorts keeping Birmingham out in a 1-0 away win. The 32-year-old Ream was solid throughout, helping interrupt a few Blues breaks, although there were also a few nervous moments for a Fulham defense fortunate to have an in-form keeper in Marek Rodak behind. Ream passed at a team-best 89 percent and won two aerials in the match. He will join the USMNT this week.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
Wigan lost its third match in four games, falling by a 3-0 margin to Brentford. Robinson wasn’t as bad as the scoreline would indicate, as he tallied three tackles and two successful dribbles while trying to get forward as much as possible. The left back wasn’t involved in any of the goals his side conceded. He didn’t get a USMNT callup, but he was added to the U-23 squad that will play in a tournament against a pair of strong opponents — Brazil and either Argentina or Chile — in Spain this week.
Chandler came in with two minutes to play only to see Frankfurt concede in stoppage time to lose to Standard Liege in the Europa League. On the weekend, he was an unused sub in a 1-0 loss to Freiburg.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Johnson still has yet to recover from injury and missed both of Gladbach’s rosters this week. His side beat Roma to move into second in a crowded Europa League Group J and stayed top by four points in the Bundesliga with their aforementioned win over Werder Bremen.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Bundesliga)
Morales played all but the final moments of Dusseldorf’s aforementioned electric draw with Schalke. The left midfielder picked up a yellow card during the contest as well. Morales’ big news this week, however, came in the form of a USMNT callup, his second in 2019 after a lengthy spell away. As such, we will move him up to The List following the international break.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, Bundesliga)
Shelton was an unused sub for Paderborn this week.
Gboly Ariyibi (Panetolikos, Greek Super League)
Ariyibi scored his first goal for Panetolikos this week when his shot — which was headed on frame — took a deflection and hit the back of the net with the keeper wrong-footed. Ariyibi went the distance in the contest, but his side fell by a 3-2 scoreline to Volos.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
Cameron returned to the QPR squad this week, playing 90 minutes in the middle of three center backs in a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough. Cameron picked up a yellow card in the contest as well, and now with five on the season, he will be suspended for QPR’s next match, Friday’s contest at Fulham.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Stoke City, Championship, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
After a wild tackle that led to a conceded penalty last week, CCV was on the bench this week for Stoke, who beat Barnsley 4-2.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre hasn’t sniffed Championship action this year for Fulham, but he was included on the bench this past week. It might mean nothing, but it’s at least a decent sign for the youngster, who has rarely even been awarded a spot on the 18-man roster this season.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj logged a full shift at right back as Hull fell 1-0 to West Brom. Lichaj also picked up his third card of the season in the contest.
Jann-Christopher George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George came on with 25 minutes to play and watched as his side went from 1-0 up to 2-1 down before equalizing in stoppage time for a 2-2 draw against Darmstadt.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Greuther lost 3-2 this week, but Green made his mark on the match, scoring a laser of a free kick on 14 minutes that kept his side in the lead over Sandhausen until just before halftime. It was Green’s fourth tally in what has been a very solid bounceback season for the 24-year-old. Given his production and selection in the Greuther team almost weekly, we are going to move Green back to The List starting next week.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford was an unused sub in St. Pauli’s 1-1 draw with Bochum.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga)
Soto was uninvolved for Hannover this week.
Despite being up 2-0, Novakovich was brought on with half an hour to play. His side saw out a win by the same scoreline over Chievo.
Niko Gioacchini (Caen, Ligue 2)
Gioacchini, who joins this Others list this week from the Youth section, continues to get run for Caen, making his third consecutive start and playing 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Auxerre.
Stephen Payne (Portimonense, Primeira Liga)
S. Payne remains outside of the Portimonense 18-man roster.
Desevio Payne (FC Emmen, Eredivisie)
D. Payne also missed the FC Emmen 18-man squad this week.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright went the distance for Venlo, but it will be one to forget quickly as the side was smacked 6-1 by Heracles.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike missed out on the Kortrijk squad due to a calf injury of an unknown severity. Kortrijk lost 3-1 to Waasland-Beveren.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Once again, Saief wasn’t in the Anderlecht squad that beat Zulte Waregem 2-1 away from home.
Phillipe Sandler (Anderlecht, Jupiler League, on loan from Manchester City)
Sandler remains out with an injury and missed Anderlecht’s victory. It remains unclear as to whether he’ll need surgery on the issue, so it remains to be seen how much time he’ll miss.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown again went the distance for Wien and picked up a fortunate assist in Austria Wien's 2-1 victory over Mattersburg.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Moore got a rare start and went the distance for Tenerife, which played the second half with 10 men and lost 1-0 to Girona.
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Danish Super League)
Amon against missed out on the Nordsjaelland side that drew 2-2 with Hobro.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Cappis went 90 minutes for Hobro in that contest. The midfielder continues to shine in Denmark, and his recent excellent form has earned him a look with the U.S. U-23 side for its upcoming tournament in Spain.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
The story is the same for Sabbi, who went the distance for Hobro and will join the U-23s this week. The difference is that red-hot Sabbi kept firing this week, scoring the opener for Hobro in that eventual draw with a precise left-footed volley from just outside the box. It’s the third game in a row in which the 21-year-old has found the net, and he’ll now get the further chance to impress this week with the U.S. U-23s.
Yosef Samuel (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Once again, Samuel was an unused for Hobro this week.
Niko Hamalainen (Kilmarnock, Scottish Premiership, on loan from QPR)
Hamalainen went the distance as Kilmarnock turned an early 2-0 deficit into a 2-2 draw with Hamilton.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Polster again missed the team twice as Rangers earned a pair of 2-0 wins, beating Porto in the Europa League and Livingston in the Scottish Premiership.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall was an unused substitute for Malmo in a Europa League draw with Lugano before serving as an 84th-minute sub in a 2-0 Svenska Cupen win over Varnamo.
Aron Johannsson (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)
Hammarby’s season is over. The side finished in third and qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round next year.
Jonathan Klinsmann (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Klinsmann was again an unused sub as St. Gallen lost a 4-3 thriller against Young Boys.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch remained sidelined this past week with an ankle injury. He missed out on both Sunderland’s 2-1 loss to Leicester’s academy team in the Football League Trophy and their 1-1 FA Cup draw with Gillingham.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Like Gooch, Kelman is sidelined with an ankle problem. He missed a 4-1 loss to Portsmouth and a 1-0 FA Cup loss to non-league Dover Athletic.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
Olosunde came off with Rotherham down 1-0 but a man up in the 62nd minute of their FA Cup tie with Maidenhead United. The Millers promptly turned the match on its head, coming from behind to earn a 3-1 win and advance to the second round of the competition.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Phillips played 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss in the Football League Trophy to Fulham’s U-21s, then watched from the bench as Wycombe drew 2-2 with Tranmere in the FA Cup.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes played 90 minutes for Dundee United in a 2-0 away derby win over local rivals Dundee FC. United are six points clear atop the Championship table.
Finally, there were new U-23 and U-17 USMNT rosters this week. The following European-based players not mentioned above were included:
U-23: Brady Scott, Chris Richards, Alex Mendez
U:17: Ethan Wady (who withdrew from the squad due to injury), Jonathan Tomkinson, Pablo Soares, Jack Imperato, Noah Jones, Josh Pynadath, Rickson van Hees (NEC Nijmegen — New addition to our Youth list below after being called up)
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 Leibold (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)
Iffy Udanoh (Aston Villa, 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)
Vaughn Covil (Forest Green Rovers, League 2)
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)
Leo Sepuvleda (Salamanca, Segunda Division B)
Kevin Bright (AC Milan, Serie A)
Matteo Carbone (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Luca Lewis (Torino, Serie A)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Kaile Auvray (Lille, 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)
Julian Anderson (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Cameron Harper (Celtic, Scottish Premiership)
Nebiyou Perry (Ostersund FK, Sweden)
Jacob Samnik (Hobro, Danish Super League)
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)