Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Still playing center back in the absence of Ryan Shawcross, Cameron struggled at the heart of Stoke’s defense, but he was bailed out by keeper Jack Butland in a 1-1 draw with Norwich. Cameron was culpable on Norwich’s first-half goal, losing Russell Martin at the edge of the box before the Scotland international finished between Butland’s legs, before Butland propelled away a second-half flurry from the Canaries. The American will hope to bounce back this weekend at home against bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Guzan had a tough afternoon in Villa’s net in a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace. Though there was nothing he could do on Scott Dann’s go-ahead header in the 70th minute, Guzan put left back Jordan Amavi in a difficult spot with a poor pass late in the game, and Amavi’s turnover ended
up in the back of the net courtesy of a terrific strike by
Tim Howard (Everton)
Like Guzan, Howard was also among the responsible parties for goals this weekend in Everton’s 2-0 loss to Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday. The 2014 World Cup hero, who announced this week that he is returning to the USMNT, made seven saves, including five in the first 30 minutes as his team survived an early Man City onslaught, but he was beaten to his near post from an impossible angle by Aleksandar Kolarov just shy of the hour mark as his side finally cracked. Samir Nasri’s late insurance tally was less Howard’s fault, but the keeper could have been more aggressive in closing down the Frenchman in the box before Nasri deftly chipped over him.
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
Once again, Yedlin failed to appear for any of Tottenham’s teams this weekend, and a loan move still seems like the Seattle native’s best opportunity for playing time this season.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers played 75 minutes for Spurs’ U-21s in a 1-0 loss to Sunderland before coming off late with Tottenham seeking an equalizer. The Black Cats’ goal came from another USMNT youth player, Lynden Gooch (who we’re keeping tabs on at the moment), early in the contest as Spurs failed to clear a corner.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Zelalem did not play for Arsenal, but with good reason, as he was busy sealing a short-term loan move to sleeping giants Rangers in the Scottish Championship. This move will provide a great opportunity for Zelalem to fight for minutes in a side eager to earn promotion back to the big time, and we should see some meaningful first-team minutes for the 18-year-old over the next few months.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
The US youth international watched from the bench twice as starting keeper David Martin posted a pair of clean sheets on the week, earning a win and a draw. Cropper is the unquestioned back up for Dons, but he may see action Tuesday in the Capital One Cup against Cardiff City.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
As he did a week ago, Hyndman played 90 minutes for the Fulham U-21 side, but the Cottagers fell 3-0 against Wolves. Hyndman remains on the fringes of the first team, but with the side struggling, he could be called into action by manager Kit Symons some time this season.
Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
After a week of negotiations, Ream officially signed with Fulham on Thursday and was on the bench for Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Huddersfield. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Symons didn’t bring Ream to London to ride the bench, so he should get a chance for the 21st-place Cottagers, possibly as soon as Tuesday’s cup tie with Sheffield United.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj continues to see consistent action for Forest, and he played 180 minutes for the second consecutive week in a pair of draws. He was better in Tuesday’s nil-nil with Charlton than in Saturday’s 1-1 with Burnley, but he’s been consistent overall. As long as he keeps getting minutes in a team earning points in the Championship, it’ll be at the very least a decent season for Lichaj.
Andrija Novakovic (Reading)
Playing in the Barclay’s U-21 Premier League, Novakovic tallied the opening goal of Reading’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Monday, slotting home in the 35th minute. Novakovic will likely see far more time with the U-21s than with the senior side this season, but playing against other top youth players will only help his development.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams was a backbone in Reading’s squad this week, opening his season account and working 180 minutes in a pair of draws. He scored the only goal of the week for the Royals with a far-post strike just after halftime of their draw on Wednesday with Sheffield Wednesday before leading his side with a 7.7 whoscored.com rating in Saturday’s scoreless draw against MK Dons.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks came on in the 89th minute for Hertha to help preserve a 1-1 draw with Aron Johannsson’s Werder Bremen.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Inserted in the side after halftime with his side down one to Augsburg, Chandler had a couple of efforts at goal in his 45 minutes on the pitch. More importantly, however, Frankfurt scored in the 89th minute to
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Green seems to be settling in with Bayern II and again started, playing 75 minutes, in a 2-1 victory over Schalding-Heining. It remains a long shot that he will appear for the senior side, but Green needs to be seeing the pitch every week, so the academy side seems like a good fit.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Despite getting the start for the second week in a row, Johannsson struggled in his 80 minutes on the pitch, and Werder Bremen couldn’t find a winner in the aforementioned draw with Hertha Berlin. Johannsson will be given some time to adjust to life in the Bundesliga, but performances like these are not going to instill a ton of confidence from his new coach.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson is currently sidelined with a calf injury. We hope for a speedy recovery so the yank can get his much-deserved UCL playing time.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VFB Stuttgart)
Kiesewetter logged a full shit for Stuttgart's second side, which fell 2-1 on a late winner to Erzgebirge Aue. We don’t know if he’ll crack the first team this year, but Kiesewetter is certainly getting some valuable time on the pitch right now.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd remains on the sideline as he rehabs from his torn ACL. He should be back in contention for selection within the next month or two.
Bobby Wood (FC Union Berlin)
Wood’s appearance on Sunday was cut short, as he was removed in the 65th minute in a tactical change following a red card to one of Union Berlin’s outside backs. But even without the Hawaiian on the field, Berlin held strong, and saw the contest with 1860 Munich, Wood’s former side, out to a nil-nil draw. Wood hasn’t made it through a full 90 minutes yet this season, but he has started every game for the Berlin side.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
After scoring twice in an impressive win a week ago, Wooten came back to earth, playing 80 minutes and picking up a yellow card in a goalless draw with FC Heidenheim. Still, though, the American continues to get first-team looks week in and week out, which is a great sign moving forward.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Bedoya came on in the 63rd minute of Nantes’ 1-0 win over Reims. Though he wasn’t involved in the goal, Bedoya was on the pitch when it occurred, and after not getting a look last week, he seems to be cutting out his role in the side again.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Even with the return of Andreas Linde from suspension, Horvath was selected as starter and impressed, posting his second straight clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Vaalerenga. Though it still isn’t terribly clear who will win the starting job, Horvath seems to be making a solid claim to the number one shirt, so more starts should be on the way as Molde — who sit in seventh — try to break into the top third of the table.
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht)
Deployed in the 75th minute with his side up a goal, Rubin roamed the pitch for the final 15 minutes, but, unfortunately, his side gave up a late equalizer, forcing a 1-1 draw with ADO Haag. Rubin hasn’t gotten much playing time early this year, but it’s good to see him in the side after he was left out last week.