Last week was the international break, but there were plenty of Americans abroad in action for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Here’s a quick look at their weeks.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron only appeared in the USMNT's smacking of Honduras, playing a solid 60 minutes out of position at right back. With the USMNT lacking in depth, Bruce Arena deployed Cameron out wide, and the Stoke man responded well, keeping the Honduran attack at bay.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers was not called into USMNT action, and Spurs’ PL 2 side does not return to the pitch until April 10. Carter-Vickers spent the international break setting a world record with Tottenham teammate Michel Vorm for the fastest time to complete 50 passes.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch also was not called into international duty. Sunderland’s U-23 side resumes action on Friday.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Due to the birth of his second child, Guzan was replaced on the USMNT squad by David Bingham.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
Manchester United’s youth squad is on a lengthy break and will play again on April 10.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi was not called into the USMNT roster, and the Championship (though they do not always) participated in the week-long break.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj also did not make the USMNT roster. However, it was reported this week that Lichaj could be leaving Forest at the end of the season, but the validity of that statement is hard to verify.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream was brought on in the 70th minute against Honduras with the game already in hand, but after the departure of John Brooks –– who went back to Germany with illness –– Ream was granted a start against Panama. The center back was partially responsible for the goal conceded in Central America, as he had the first chance to clear the long throw-in that led to the equalizer. Besides that error, Ream and the rest of the backline were solid, so the Fulham man shouldn’t hang his head. Ream is currently just on the outside of the USMNT starting squad, but he remains a quality, versatile replacement should any defenders be unavailable.
De la Torre was inactive this week and missed out on the USMNT roster.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams also did not make Arena’s roster.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Reading’s U-23 side is off until April 3, and Novakovic unsurprisingly was not in the USMNT side.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin was surely going to be on the USMNT roster until he picked up a thigh injury before the international break. The right back should be back in action in the next few weeks.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Scunthorpe did play a League 1 fixture during the international break, defeating Bradford 3-2 to jump over the Bantams into fourth place. Holmes was not in the gameday squad, however.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd did not make the USMNT roster, but he has a very big personal match coming up as Darmstadt travel to play Boyd’s old club RB Leipzig this weekend.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks played 70 minutes against Honduras and was part of a rock-solid backline that did not break. However, after the match, Brooks had to return to Germany with flu symptoms and was duly missed against Panama. The performance he put in against Honduras will be overshadowed by the offensive outburst, but Brooks remains the linchpin of the USMNT’s backline.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler was suspended for the USMNT’s first game this week, and that was enough for Arena to leave him off the roster altogether.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson also did not earn a spot in Arena’s squad.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Due to the thigh injury that kept him out of Gladbach’s final game before the international break, Johnson was not called into Arena’s squad this week. He remains a key cog for the USMNT, however, and he will look to continue his second-half resurgence for Gladbach whenever he’s able to return to action.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was unsurprisingly not included in the USMNT squad, instead remaining in Germany to train with his Ingolstadt team that currently sits eight points off safety in the Bundesliga.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
If you’ve been following along with Pulisic’s recent success at Dortmund, it should come as no surprise that he was the shining star of the USMNT’s four-point week. First, against Honduras, the 18-year-old was virtually unplayable, tallying a goal seconds into the second half, finding Clint Dempsey with a pair of wonderful assists, getting behind the Honduras defense and seeing a shot saved that resulted in the opening goal of the contest, and winning the free kick that resulted in the Americans’ final goal. He wasn’t quite as effective against Panama in a much more physical affair, but he more than held his own and recorded the key moment for the USMNT, picking the pocket of a Panama defender, shrugging off a pair of challenges, and setting up Dempsey for the only goal the side scored. While these contributions aren’t totally unexpected for a player of Pulisic’s caliber, the dynamic performances are only going to raise the already sky-high expectations on the youngster. As of now, though, he seems more than capable of living up to them.
Wood’s back injury suffered in stoppage time of Hamburg’s last game before the international break kept the striker out of Arena’s squad. It’s unclear if he’ll be able to return for Hamburg’s clash with Cologne this weekend. Wood did, however, make the news a little bit this week, giving an interview in which he credited Jurgen Klinsmann’s influence for helping the forward remain in soccer at a time when he was struggling.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse wasn’t included in the USMNT squad, and the 2. Bundesliga was inactive this past week.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
There were reports prior to the international break that Green might make Arena’s squad, but the winger was not called up.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter was also not in the American side this past week.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Similarly, Wooten wasn’t called up by Arena for the two qualifiers.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath wasn’t in the USMNT squad either, instead remaining in Belgium as Club Brugge prepare for the Jupiler League Playoff Championship, a six-team fight for European places and the domestic championship which begins this weekend when Brugge visit Gent.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, on loan to Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Despite his rampant recent form for Rangers, Hyndman wasn’t among those to make the USMNT squad this week. Rangers did not play this week, but Hyndman was nominated for the club’s Young Player of the Year award despite only being in Scotland on a loan.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Johnsen wasn’t involved in the USMNT’s squad this week. Hearts currently sit in fifth place in the Scottish Premiership.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Likewise, Kitchen was not included in Arena’s squad.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse, Eredivisie)
While he’s played well in recent weeks for Vitesse, Miazga is reportedly still well off the USMNT radar and wasn’t in the squad this week. He also said recently that he hasn’t spoken with Arena since the new manager’s appointment.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne wasn’t in the USMNT roster this week, but more important was the news that he won’t be returning to Groningen next season (LINK). The fullback is a good prospect, but he hasn’t yet nailed down a spot in the Eredivisie side’s starting lineup, and the team and player will apparently part ways. His next step will be a key one in the 21-year-old’s career.
Josh Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Perez wasn’t involved for the USMNT this week.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Châteauroux, Championnat National, on loan from Reims)
Siebatcheu played and scored the third goal for Châteauroux in a 3-1 win over Marseille Consolat, finishing an excellent and incisive counter attack with a tap in from a yard out. The young striker has been excellent since joining the third-tier side on loan, and he’ll hope to take that momentum and run with it when he returns to Reims next season.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
The Swiss Super League was inactive this week, and Stanko wasn’t called up to the USMNT roster.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, on loan to VVV Venlo, Eerste Divisie)
Zelalem wasn’t named to the USMNT’s squad this week, and the Eerste Divisie took the international break off from play.