Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Though Cameron wasn’t directly responsible for either goal in the USMNT’s awful 2-0 loss to Guatemala, both he and the rest of the backline were asleep on the second, which came as the result of a long ball that evaded everyone. If Cameron or center back Omar Gonzalez had anticipated well, the goal could have easily be avoided, and though it's true Gonzalez was the more responsible party, it really goes down as a complete lack of communication and effort. The whole defense will need to improve for the critical second leg on Tuesday.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Guzan was an unused sub in the loss to Guatemala.
Tim Howard (Everton)
Howard will probably feel disappointed with the effort he put forward on Guatemala’s first goal, as he got a hand to a slow-moving header which nestled into the corner of
Matt Miazga (Chelsea)
Miazga was part of a backline that did a good job in holding Columbia’s U-23 squad to just a single goal, but he certainly could have cleared the effort which ended in right back Kellyn Acosta pulling down a Colombian attacker, leading to a PK and the South Americans’ only goal. Besides that, it is a good sign to see the USMNT spent most of the game on the attack, and though they needed some first half saves from Horvath, the backline was solid overall. After the 1-1 draw, defense will be even more important entering the second leg, as keeping the Columbians off the score sheet would see the USA through on away goals even if they can’t score. Miazga will certainly again be at the heart of the defense, and if he puts in a similar performance, the USMNT might snag the final spot in Rio.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Playing in his advanced role for the national team, Yedlin logged a full 90 minutes against Guatemala. His pace gave the Central Americans problems at both ends of the pitch as he set up a completely blown opportunity early in the second half before making a quality block with 20 minutes to play. His performance will certainly go underappreciated given the result, but Yedlin was a bright spot on an otherwise dismal day, and he might be the spark plug that gets the US rolling on Tuesday.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers withdrew from the U-23 side with a reported back injury which could keep him out until early next season. We will keep tabs on it as the story progresses.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
The Scottish Championship was in action on the weekend, but Zelalem watched from the bench as Rangers defeated Queen of the South 4-3.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
After coming on at halftime for an injured Horvath, Cropper held his own in goal during the second period and was only beaten on a penalty kick which he very nearly saved. Though there wasn’t a terrible amount of pressure on him, Cropper sprung off his line well to make saves or claim the ball on a couple of occasions. Though his performance was good, it has been reported that Horvath will be back between the pipes for the second leg as his injury is less severe than initially thought.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman played a full 90 for the U-23s but did little of note in the draw with Colombia. At just 19, Hyndman is punching above his weight class, even if he isn’t making a major impact. He will likely be out there on Tuesday as a starter again.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream was not in either USMNT side this weekend, but he has plenty to worry about across the pond as Fulham are just a point above the relegation zone with eight games to play.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Like Ream, Lichaj was not involved in either USMNT game this weekend, and with the Championship off he was personally idle.
Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town)
Holmes was also not involved in either outfit.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Reading’s youth side is off until mid-April, and Novakovic was not called in to national team duty.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams was also not involved on the international scope, but his wonderstrike against Blackburn in 2015 is on the shortlist for Reading’s Goal of the Year. See that magnificent half-volley here.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks suffered a knee injury while on national team duty and returned to Germany. However, the injury doesn’t appear to be too severe and he might be able to return for Hertha’s next fixture, which is a massive one, as they visit fifth-place Monchengladbach. A win against Gladbach would put Hertha a big step closer to an improbable Champions League berth, so expect Brooks to play if he can.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
A week after making his first club appearance in some time for Eintracht, Chandler was not involved for the USMNT against Guatemala.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green was an unused substitute for the U-23s against Colombia on Friday.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Werder Bremen general manager Thomas Eichin told German publication Bild this week that the club are not expecting Johannsson to return this season from the hip injury that’s plagued him since September. It’s not exactly surprising news, given the lack of other updates coming from Bremen’s camp on Johannsson of late, but it’s disappointing nonetheless. Johannsson will hope to get back to full strength over the summer and start next season at 100 percent.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Though he was called into the team by Jurgen Klinsmann, Johnson trained alone and missed the Guatemala game with a quad injury. He was then sent back to Monchengladbach with the hopes of getting back to full strength for Gladbach’s run in.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
Kiesewetter was a 72nd minute substitute for the U-23s and did little of note in Colombia. He’ll hope to have more of an impact in the home leg Tuesday.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
After a slow stretch in his season, Morales was not called up by the national side this week.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Despite a slight knock that kept him out of the first game with Guatemala, Pulisic was called up as a replacement and looks set to make his USMNT debut on Tuesday. That would be an important step for the squad, as Pulisic is also eligible to play for Croatia, but it looks a near-certainty now that he will pledge his international future to the United States.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim)
Canouse went 90 minutes for a Hoffenheim II squad that sits in seventh in the Regionalliga following a 3-2 win over Bahlinger. Despite making one appearance for the senior side so far, Canouse looks likely to fluctuate between the senior and reserve squads for the remainder of the season.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd remains on the sidelines as he recovers from a long-term knee injury that’s kept him out for the past year-plus.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
During a week in which he was linked to Bundesliga side Hamburg, Wood started in the U.S.’s defeat at Guatemala and worked hard, albeit in a losing effort. The Hawaiian was not quite as involved in the play as he would have liked, but he was a constant nuisance, chasing down lost causes and trying his hardest. His showing will do nothing to take him out of the lineup for Tuesday’s return match.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten was not named in Klinsmann’s squad this week.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Like Wood, Bedoya was an active attacking outlet against Guatemala, but he spurned two glorious chances and struggled at times to stay in the game. His performance will not have discouraged Klinsmann from choosing the in-form midfielder for Tuesday’s game, but Bedoya needs to do better when he gets good opportunities to put the ball in the net.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Horvath was excellent for the U-23s before coming off just before halftime with a concussion sustained in a collision. He made a few important and impressive stops, and also rushed off his line to make a clearance on the play he ended up getting hurt on. It didn’t seem too serious an injury, but Horvath’s status will be something to monitor ahead of the second-leg clash with Colombia.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts)
Kitchen was not involved in the USMNT squad this week, instead remaining in Scotland to train with his new Hearts teammates.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen)
Payne was an unused substitute for the U-23s against Colombia on Friday.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Still in comeback mode after a lengthy foot injury layoff, Rubin was not named to either the senior or U-23 squads this week.