Tim Ream (Fulham)
As usual, Ream played 90 minutes for Fulham, but as usual, he wasn’t able to help the Cottagers avoid a seventh straight defeat as they fell 2-1 to Liverpool. The center back actually had a decent game, tallying three clearances and four tackles, one of which was an excellent defensive play with the dangerous Mohamed Salah running at him. He also wasn’t involved in any of the goals scored in the game. Still, Fulham are staring squarely at a swift return to the Championship, as they are 13 points from safety with just seven games to play. Despite his team’s struggles, Ream was called into Gregg Berhalter’s first full USMNT camp ahead of friendlies against Chile on Thursday and Ecuador next Tuesday.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams remains sidelined due to injury and did not make the 18-man squad for Huddersfield’s heartbreaking 4-3 loss to West Ham.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin more than played his part as Newcastle stole a point at the deaths in a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth. The right back assisted on the equalizer in the final seconds of stoppage time,looping a high cross that arched toward the back post and landed on the foot of Matt Ritchie, who smashed home a volley to secure the draw. It wasn’t Yedlin’s most eye-catching assist, but it was a huge contribution nonetheless. He also racked up three tackles and two clearances and, unsurprisingly, was included in the USMNT squad.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers had a challenging week as Swansea lost twice, first falling 3-0 to West Brom before a devastating 3-2 FA Cup quarterfinal loss at the hands of Manchester City, in which the Swans let a two-goal lead slip away. The center back was culpable for one of the goals conceded in each game, flailing at a clearance that fell straight to a West Brom attacker for the Baggies’ third before sliding in and conceding a controversial penalty — replays showed that he appeared to get a toe on the ball — that led to City’s tying second goal. Interestingly, he lined up as a left back against the Citizens, and he actually performed well other than the penalty call, but it was a tough loss for the Championship side to take after being up 2-0. He had combined totals of nine clearances, four interceptions, and three tackles over the two matches. However, despite starting consistently since January, the 21-year-old wasn’t included in Berhalter’s team for the USMNT camp.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga also played 180 minutes for Reading, going the distance in a 3-0 loss to Leeds and a scoreless draw with Stoke. In the former, he wasn’t responsible for any of the goals the Royals conceded and actually did decently well against the promotion chasers, finishing with seven clearances. In the latter, the center back was very good, finishing with nine clearances and helping his side keep a clean sheet and earn a valuable point in their relegation scrap. Reading are one point out of the bottom three with eight games remaining. Miazga will join the USMNT for their games this week.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
After returning to action last weekend, Robinson was on the field for all 180 minutes as Wigan lost 3-0 to Blackburn and beat Bolton 5-2. He wasn’t responsible for any of the goals conceded in the former and filled out the stat sheet with two tackles and two dribbles, and while he mistimed a header on Bolton’s first — and perhaps should have dealt with a loose ball in the box on their second — the left back earned plaudits for his performance against the Trotters. He finished with six clearances and four tackles and forced one save in the contest. The win took Wigan into 19th place, three points off the bottom three.
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Adams went 90 minutes for Leipzig in a 1-0 win over Schalke. The midfielder again stuffed the stat sheet, leading RB with 85 touches of the ball and recording four tackles in a strong defensive performance. Leipzig continues to succeed with Adams in the lineup, as they haven’t lost with him on the field and have only conceded one goal with the 20-year-old on the pitch. In a surprise to no one, he was called into Berhalter’s USMNT squad.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks went the distance as Wolfsburg beat Fortuna Dusseldorf 5-2. The center back wasn’t responsible for either goal his team conceded, and he was active in the fixture with 95 touches, second-most on the pitch, as well as one shot on target. Still, he didn’t do too much overall in the contest. Wolfsburg are in seventh place in the table. Brooks will join the USMNT this week for the friendlies.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler is back in training, but it remains uncertain when he’ll return to the field for fifth-place Frankfurt. Eintracht won again this week and remain in fifth, but they only trail fourth by one point. They also won in the Europa League and advanced to the quarterfinals.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson remains sidelined due to injury. He’s in training but is still a ways from being healthy enough to play in games.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent was an unused substitute for Bremen in a 3-1 away win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson again went the distance for Gladbach at right back in a 1-1 draw with Mainz. The veteran passed at 91 percent, including one key pass, and tallied three interceptions but did little else of note. He also perhaps should have been quicker to close down Vincenzo Grifo as he swept home Freiburg’s only goal, but it would have been asking a lot for Johnson to prevent the tally.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie got some valuable minutes in this week but in a pair of results Schalke will want to forget, losses to Manchester City and RB Leipzig by 7-0 and 1-0 scorelines, respectively. Against City, Schalke were taken to town and McKennie did little of positive note during his 74 minutes on the field. He was roasted by Leroy Sane on two of the Citizens’ goals, but it was hard to take anything from a contest in which the side was completely outclassed, which led to the dismissal of manager Domenico Tedesco. Showing versatility on the weekend, McKennie was deployed
Haji Wright (Schalke)
Wright did not make the Schalke squad for either match this week. He is expected to be included on the upcoming USMNT U-23 squad when it’s announced.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales was an unused sub for Dusseldorf in a 5-2 loss to Wolfsburg.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Chelsea)
Pulisic logged 90 minutes for Dortmund, who needed a very late winner to top Hertha 3-2. The winger wasn’t involved in any of the goals, however, and passed at an average 77 percent clip while lightly filling the stat sheet. He also missed a few gilt-edged chances. Still, Pulisic remains an important cog in a rapidly heating title race in Germany and should factor in with critical minutes down the stretch. Pulisic, of course, was selected for national duty.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
After coming on as a sub last week, Tillman made his first start for Nurnberg in a 1-0 loss to Eintracht. The left winger played an hour and completed five dribbles, but his side was outshot 24-10 and couldn’t get much going forward. Nonetheless, after basically being irrelevant for the majority of the season, Tillman now has two Bundesliga appearances in as many weeks, including a start.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Wood didn’t make the 18 for Hannover this week and was then left out of Berhalter’s USMNT squad. Wood has a lot of work to do on his game, but he hasn’t had much help from his Hannover teammates, who have all been culpable in a poor season.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green was not in the Greuther lineup this week despite being back from suspension.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu is expected to miss about two months after suffering an injury on February 10.It was a bad week for Rennes, who were bounced from the Europa League with a 3-0 loss to Arsenal and drew Bordeaux in Ligue 1 action.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovich had a massive game for Sittard this week, producing an assist, then a goal in a 3-1 win over FC Emmen. The center forward provided a peach of a lofted cross from the byline for Lisandro Semedo to head home and double Sittard’s early lead. Novakovich then received a flicked-on long ball and lashed a first-time finish past the keeper at the near post. Both highlights can be seen in this video. Novakovich has now scored in four of his last nine games and has seven Eredivisie goals on the season.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
It was another bad day at the office for Palmer-Brown, whose side conceded four times in a 4-0 loss to Utrecht. The left center back picked up a yellow card and wasn’t responsible for any of the tallies, but it’s never a good look to have four go in your net. He passed at a cool 91 percent clip, however, a bright note on an otherwise bad day. Like Wright, he is likely to join the U-23 side for its coming camp.
Timothy Weah (Celtic, on loan from PSG)
Weah was again a late sub for Celtic, but this time, the Bhoys got an incredibly late winner on 96 minutes to steal all three points from Dundee. The winger wasn't involved in the tally. That was certainly a great moment for Celtic, but Weah will surely feel a little snubbed to be left off the USMNT roster. Celtic did tweet out that he’ll be with the U-23s though. He’s one of the brightest young talents in the pool, and despite not having fully consistent minutes this year, he has to be a factor in the long run outlook of the USMNT, which makes it odd that he was chosen for the U-23s instead of the full national team.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, English Premier League)
Hyndman remains squarely outside the Bournemouth setup.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, English Premier League)
Scott did not appear for Chelsea’s senior or U-23 sides this week.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
After three months out, Cameron returned to the pitch this week for QPR. The 33-year-old served as an unused substitute in a 2-1 loss to QPR before starting and playing 56 minutes against Hull, coming off with Rangers down 2-0 in a game they fought back to draw 2-2.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj played 90 minutes for Hull in a 3-2 loss to high-flying Norwich before being an unused substitute in the aforementioned draw with QPR. The fullback was involved in Hull’s second goal against the Canaries with a 1-2 in the buildup.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Holmes played 90 minutes for Derby in a scoreless draw with Stoke. He came the closest of anyone to breaking through with a stunning long-range strike that hit the woodwork, but the Rams were instead doomed to a second straight draw.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch was taken off in the 75th minute of Sunderland’s scoreless draw with Barnsley before coming on in the 62nd minute of the Black Cats’ 2-1 win over Walsall.
Gboly Ariyibi (Motherwell, Scottish Premiership, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi was brought off after 76 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Hibs.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George started and played 69 minutes for Regensburg in a 2-0 loss to Greuther Fuerth.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson again did not feature for Sandhausen, who beat St. Pauli 4-0.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten got himself into double digits for the season, scoring his 10th goal with a header in the 34th minute to open the scoring in that victory for Sandhausen.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Duisburg’s game with Koln this week was postponed.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford lasted 84 minutes in St Pauli’s loss to Wooten’s Sandhausen.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, 2. Bundesliga)
Shelton was not in the 18-man roster this week for Paderborn.
Shaq Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore played 90 minutes for Atletico Levante.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Brugge fell 2-1 to Royal Excel Mouscron, with Horvath going the distance in the net. However, Horvath was called into the USMNT camp, and he should start for Berhalter after Zack Steffen was forced to pull out of the squad due to injury.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike went 90 for Kortrijk in a 2-0 win over Antwerp. He also picked up a yellow card on the day.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne was an unused sub for Rotterdam this week.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Malmo were inactive this past week. The Allsvenskan season starts March 31.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Dundee’s match this week was postponed.
There were a few smaller bits of news from the youth ranks this week. Arsenal attacker Folarin Balogun has been in outstanding form lately, and he said this week that he hasn’t yet decided who he’ll play for at an international level, as the 17-year-old is eligible for Nigeria, England, and the U.S. We mentioned this a while back, but another hint was dropped this week that young Houston Dynamo academy player Marcelo Palomino is going to join Porto in the near future. Philadelphia Union winger Jack de Vries also trained with PSV last week, although he was back with the Union’s USL affiliate over the weekend. A handful of the young players on our list below were named to the USMNT U-20 squad that will meet for a final training camp ahead of the U-20 World Cup this summer. Those players are CJ Dos Santos, Sergino Dest, Chris Gloster, Chris Richards, Christian Cappis, Alex Mendez, Jonathan Amon, Konrad de la Fuente, and Sebastian Soto. There’s also a U-23 camp coming, but the roster has yet to be released for that, although a few players have been confirmed as being on that squad, including Hobro’s Emmanuel Sabbi (who joins the list for the first time). Lastly, Nebiyou Perry will leave our list after he was sold from FC Koln to Swedish second-tier side Trelleborgs.
Jonathan Amon (FC Nordsjaelland, Danish Superliga)
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, Premier League)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, Premier League)
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Premier League)
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League)
Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Championship)
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Maxi Dietz (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Alex Mendez (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Chris Gloster (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Zyen Jones (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Haji Wright (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Pablo Soares (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, 2. Bundesliga)
Nebiyou Perry (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga -> solid to Trelleborgs, Swedish Superettan)
Brady Scott (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Andre Costa (Rayo Vallecano, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Kosuke Ide (Leganes, La Liga)
Jack Imperato (Villarreal, La Liga)
Rayshaun McGann (Getafe, La Liga)
Cade Hagan (Sporting Gijon, Segunda Division)
Akil Watts (Mallorca, Segunda Division)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Sergino Dest (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Jamie Dunning (Feyenoord, Eredivisie)
Richie Ledezma (PSV, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
Rickson van Hees (NEC Nijmegen, Eerste Divisie)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Eryk Williamson (Santa Clara, Primeira Liga, on loan from Portland Timbers)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Superliga)
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Superliga)