Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron was shifted into a different spot this weekend by Stoke manager Mark Hughes, lining up on the right side of the midfield in front of a back three against West Brom. The veteran had a decent showing there, racking up three tackles, one shot, and an 83 percent pass completion rate, but he was among the responsible parties on the Baggies’ lone goal when Jay Rodriguez slipped in front of Cameron and behind Kurt Zouma to nod West Brom in front in the second half. The 32-year-old was then taken off with just over 20 minutes ago in an attacking change, and Stoke went on to equalize and earn a 1-1 draw. Hughes clearly sees Cameron as an important and valuable squad member, as he’s started every Premier League game so far (though he didn’t play in Stoke’s EFL Cup win over Rochdale in the midweek), but it’s unclear just what the manager has in mind for Cameron over the remainder of the season. It’s much more obvious that Bruce Arena has big plans for the defender, as he included Cameron in the squad for the crucial qualifiers coming up against Costa Rica and Honduras and will count on the veteran to lead the USMNT’s back line.
In a much-needed and long-rumored move, Carter-Vickers has finally left Spurs on a temporary basis in search of first-team football. The center back signed a new deal with the club through the 2020 season on Friday and promptly joined Championship side Sheffield United — who were promoted from League One after last season — on a season-long loan. He was then an unused substitute as the Blades defeated Derby 3-1 over the weekend. Carter-Vickers should get his chance to shine and get some professional minutes under his belt this season — Sheffield United have started the season playing with three center backs, so depth will be needed — but the Blades have started the year strongly and currently sit in fifth place in the Championship, so those minutes may not come just yet.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
Hyndman is close to a return for Bournemouth, as the midfielder appeared in a U-21 win over Exeter before making the Cherries’ senior bench in their 2-1 EFL Cup win over Birmingham. While he wasn’t in the squad for the EPL loss to Manchester City on the weekend, it looks like Hyndman is now available for selection for Eddie Howe. Whether he appears for the senior squad any time soon, however, is still very much up in the air.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Williams had a big week, making his first start for Huddersfield and playing an important part in a 2-1 Cup win over Rotherham before getting a 30-minute substitute shift in a scoreless EPL draw with Southampton. In the midweek game, Williams was deployed as a central midfielder and, while he didn’t make a major impact going forward, he had one critical moment in defense, denying a Rotherham striker a clear goalscoring chance with a massive slide tackle to maintain Huddersfield’s one-goal lead. On the weekend, he had one shot off target and one aerial win while helping the Terriers preserve their third clean sheet in three EPL games during his stint on the pitch.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin remains in training but hasn’t yet gotten back onto the pitch as he recovers from a hamstring injury. He could be back after the international break, but he won’t be appearing for the USMNT this time around.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem is recovering from a torn ACL suffered at the U-20 World Cup in May. Initial estimates had him missing up to nine months, which means he likely won’t see the field at any level until 2018. If there are any updates on his progress, we’ll pass them along.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
This week was a momentous one in Gooch’s career. First, on Wednesday, he started and shined as Sunderland defeated Carlisle 2-1 in the Cup. The attacker set up the first goal for the Black Cats, using his quick feet to beat a defender and playing a low centering ball for teammate Donald Love to tap in. Then, with the game level in the 80th minute, Gooch collected a pass just outside of the penalty area, took a touch to set himself, and curled a low strike with his
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj started and played all 120 minutes in the midweek, helping Forest to a 3-2 extra-time victory over a Premier League side, Newcastle. He had a decent showing, but it wasn’t enough to earn him a start on the weekend as he watched a 2-0 loss to Leeds from the bench. He was, however, included in Arena’s team for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
Murphy was absent from both Wednesday squads this week as the Owls lost to Bolton in the Cup and drew Burton in the league.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
After sitting out Fulham’s EFL Cup loss to Bristol, Ream was back in the starting squad over the weekend and helped Fulham keep a clean sheet and hand previously perfect Ipswich their first defeat of the season in a 2-0 victory. The center back wasn’t overly impressive (his 6.8 whoscored.com match rating was the lowest of any Fulham starter), but he did win three aerials and complete 83 percent of his passes. The 29-year-old has now played all 450 Championship minutes for Fulham thus far, and his side has conceded just three goals. He’ll look to continue that solid start when he links up with Arena’s USMNT side this week, for which Ream could very well slot into a starting center back role.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
In Bolton’s previously mentioned Cup win over Wednesday, Robinson started at left back and played all 90 minutes, providing the assist for the team’s third goal with a high, looping cross to Jem Karacan. He wasn’t outstanding otherwise and was among those responsible for losing track of Owls striker Jordan Rhodes on one of his two tallies, but Robinson nonetheless helped the Trotters into the next round of the competition, in which they’ll visit West Ham. On Friday, Robinson was back on the bench as Bolton traveled to Hull in league play, but that may have been for the best as his side was crushed 4-0.
Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi played 67 minutes in Dons’ 4-1 Cup loss to Swansea and 90 in their league loss by the same scoreline to Blackburn. Against Swansea, he played a key pass forward in the buildup to the opener but failed to have much of an impact over the rest of the game. Then, on the weekend, he had a few impressive moments but struggled with his final ball as Dons fell for the third time in four games to start the season.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
After going all 90 minutes in a 3-0 midweek Cup loss to Middlesbrough, Holmes came on in the second half and helped his side turn a 1-0 lead into a 4-0 win over Plymouth. The winger didn’t have much of an impact as the Iron were thoroughly beaten by Boro, but against Plymouth, he was lively after coming on in the 64th minute and provided an excellent assist on the second goal, working hard to get space down the right and delivering an excellent cross for Paddy Madden to head home. Holmes also had a good chance late saved by the Plymouth keeper.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks’s thigh injury is expected to keep him out for the next three months. It’s a big blow for he, his club, and the USMNT, as Brooks will likely miss the remainder of World Cup qualifying.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Playing in an advanced right wing role for Eintracht, Chandler went all 90 minutes but couldn’t help his side get a result as Frankfurt fell 1-0 to Wolfsburg. The 27-year-old completed a dribble and won two aerials in what was otherwise a quiet performance. He wasn’t responsible for Wolfsburg’s goal, but Chandler did pick up a yellow card in the contest.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
Green was once again not included in the Stuttgart squad which beat Mainz 1-0 , and the winger is now reportedly seeking a move in the hopes of getting consistent playing time before the transfer window closes later this week. It remains to be seen what his future holds, but it will be a fascinating storyline to follow in the coming weeks and months.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Likewise, Johannsson is expected to find a move away from Bremen before the window shuts, but where he may go is very much up in the air. He was an unused substitute as Werder lost 2-0 to Bayern Munich over the weekend.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was on the pitch for the first time this season for Gladbach, coming on as an 80th minute sub with his side up 2-1 in a game it would ultimately draw 2-2. In his short spell, Johnson touched the ball just three times, tallying a clearance and seeing one extra-time effort at goal blocked. Still, he’ll take positives from being in the squad for the first time this season, and he’ll hope to continue working his way back to full fitness when he joins up with the USMNT this week.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie was an unused substitute as Schalke fell 1-0 to Hannover on Sunday.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic didn’t have a game-winning impact for Dortmund this week, but the 18-year-old still put in a good 90 minutes for the Yellow and Blacks in their 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin. The right winger tallied five shots and completed three dribbles while providing a threat in the Dortmund attack. The most important news of the week for Pulisic, however, was Ousmane Dembele’s move from Dortmund to Barcelona being confirmed. Dembele’s departure means that Pulisic should be a first choice on the wing for Dortmund moving forward, so he should see even more minutes this season than many expected. Pulisic was of course called up into Arena’s side for the upcoming qualifiers and will undoubtedly play a huge role for the USMNT.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Stanko was not in the Freiburg 18-man roster which fell 4-1 to RB Leipzig.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood came up critical this week for Hamburg, scoring the side’s second goal, and his first of the Bundesliga campaign, in their 3-1 win over Koln. After taking an early lead, Wood doubled Hamburg’s advantage by collecting a low pass in the crowded area following a broke set play, quickly swiveling around, and lashing a low drive across the keeper for the eventual winner. It was his only major moment of the match, but Wood also passed at 90 percent and won five aerials en route to a whoscored man-of-the-match performance and a 7.9 rating. Wood also received a call up to Arena’s side.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd was again a late sub for Darmstadt, coming on in the 88th minute. Boyd entered in a 1-1 draw, and just moments later Darmstadt took the lead in an eventual 2-1 win over Duisburg, though Boyd was uninvolved in the tally. The striker is struggling for minutes but at least has been getting some run off the bench so far, and he isn’t far from the starting XI.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
After a fantastic performance last week, George regressed back towards the mean, staring and playing 75 minutes for Regensburg in a 2-1 loss to Holstein Kiel. George won just one aerial, had a single shot, and passed at a lowly 55 percent while doing little else of note during his time on the pitch.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen)
Gipson was an unused sub for Sandhausen in their 2-1 loss to Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten again was left out of the Sandhausen lineup as he tries to make his way back from injury. No return date is set at he moment, but we will keep you informed as information comes in.
Haji Wright (Sandhausen, on loan from Schalke)
Unlike the above pair, Wright did make his way into the Sandhausen team this week, coming on as a 56th-minute substitute. He couldn’t turn the scoreline in his side’s favor, but Wright did pass at 83 percent and have a shot during his 35 minutes on the pitch. Regardless of his performance this week, Wright has been included quickly after coming in on loan, so bigger minutes could very well be in his future.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter was an unused sub for Dusseldorf in their aforementioned win.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales got a start at right back for Ingolstadt and helped his side to a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Greuther Fuerth. Though it’s not his normal position, Morales did well to help his side limit their host’s chances. Fuerth had 14 shots, but only four came from inside the box, and none were from very close range. It is hard to say if Morales will keep the starting right-back spot, but the result can’t hurt his chances.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
It was a mixed bag this week for Horvath, who conceded three to AEK Athens in a Europa League playoff loss but then held a clean sheet on the weekend in a 4-0 win over Standard Liege. Horvath will be disappointed after Brugge entered Greece following a 0-0 draw at home, as it all went downhill fast when the keeper conceded a penalty when he took an attacker down in the box, leading to Athens taking the 1-0 lead. The second tally came from poor defense, but Horvath could have done better with an initial header that he could only direct onto the crossbar before the ball dropped down for an easy tap in. The third goal came in stoppage time after the game was over, but Horvath again could have perhaps done better. The 4-0 win on the weekend hopefully will help bounce him back to where he and Brugge need to be, as they will now play the Jupiler League season without European competition.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Miazga came on after halftime in a direct swap for starting center back Arnold Kruiswijk and played a decent last 45. Vitesse would go onto lose 2-1 off a late winner for AZ Alkmaar, but the fact that he came on at the half could be the important part for Miazga. The defender got a lot of his time last year due to an injury to a center back in front of him, and while it is not known whether Kruiswijk is injured, it is rare to see center backs removed in a one-for-one at halftime, especially when the outfit had only conceded once to that point. It will be worth tracking Miazga’s status in the upcoming games as his chance might arise.
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Novakovich started and played 90 minutes for Telstar in a goalless draw with MVV. He didn’t impact the scoreline, but the striker seems like he has nailed down a spot in the lineup this season, and he’ll look to build on his start.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne continues to ride the bench for Excelsior, who drew Heracles 2-2 this weekend.
Kenny Saief (Gent, Jupiler League)
Saief suffered a setback to his hernia, and it appears that he’ll be out of action for a couple more months. We will keep you informed as more news comes in.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Siebatcheu started and netted for Reims in a 2-1 loss to Lorient. On 40 minutes, with his side down a goal, Siebatcheu got free in the box, took down a header with his first touch, and lashed his strike between the keeper’s legs to restore parity. Reims didn’t get any points out of the performance, but it was a positive for the youngster nonetheless.
Maki Tall (Tours, Ligue 2)
Tall made an impact off the bench for Tours this week, coming on in the 50th minute and scoring 20 minutes later to cut the deficit to one in an eventual 3-1 defeat to Ajaccio. After a questionable no call on a penalty shout, the Ajaccio defense went to sleep, and Tall snuck into the six-yard box, where he redirected a hard, low cross into the top of the net. Like Siebatcheu, he couldn’t help his team to victory, but he did do his job on the day.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren)
Torres came on in the 90th minute with the game already in the bag for Lokeren, who beat AS Eupen 3-0. It was his first competitive appearance for his new club, and he’ll look to work his way into the lineup on a consistent basis now that his first minutes are under his belt.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale wasn’t in the Villarreal B squad, as it appears that he will be included in the C team early this season. However, there’s no lineup available for that squad’s season-opening scoreless draw with Crevillente.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre did not appear in any of Fulham’s squads this week at youth or senior levels.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Similarly, Fossey wasn’t included in any of Fulham’s games this week. It’s unclear if either player is injured, or if they simply are out of the squad at the moment.
Kyle Gruno (Leicester, Premier League)
Gruno didn’t appear for Leicester’s EPL, PL 2, or U-18 sides this week.
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Klinsmann remains sidelined for the time being with an ankle injury. We will keep you posted as more information rolls in.
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore started for Atletico Levante and appears to have played all 90 minutes at right back in their 1-0 loss to Alzira.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Olosunde once again went 90 minutes in defense for United’s PL 2 squad, but he was part of a backline that conceded three times in a 3-0 loss to Tottenham.
Joshua Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Fiorentina’s reserves don’t begin play until September 8. Perez hasn’t been in a senior squad during the early portion of the season.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Las Palmas -> Hobro, Danish Superliga)
Sabbi confirmed his switch to Danish outfit Hobro this week after he terminated his contract with Las Palmas. As such, he will be departing our list for now, but he could pop back up if he has a great year in Denmark and moves elsewhere.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Scott again started for Koln II in a 2-1 loss to Wegberg-Beeck.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
Scott was not in the roster for Chelsea’s EPL or PL 2 sides this week.
Joel Sonora (Stuttgart, Bundesliga)
Sonora again started and was removed late, after 85 minutes, in Stuttgart II’s 4-2 win over Freiburg II.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Schalke II’s squad and lineup remain a mystery, as well as Taitague’s potential involvement. This week, they lost 1-0 to Hammer SpVg.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Tillman played 66 minutes for Bayern Munich II in a 5-1 loss to Augsburg II. It is worth noting that Bayern’s keeper was sent off on seven minutes, which hurt Tillman’s chances of making an impact.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
Weah was not in the PSG II side for their 1-0 loss to Andrezieux.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Young came on with five minutes to play for Bremen II in a 4-1 loss to Magdeburg.