Tim Ream (Fulham)
Once again, Ream was held out of Fulham’s Premier League 18-man squad, which defeated Burnley 4-2 in an eventful affair at Craven Cottage. He is expected to return from injury soon, but just when that will be remains unclear, and he wasn’t able to suit up for Fulham’s 2-0 Carabao Cup win against Exeter City on Tuesday.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
After missing out on the 18-man squad in Huddersfield’s scoreless Premier League draw with Cardiff, Williams made his season debut in the Terriers’ 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Stoke on Tuesday. The central midfielder started and played 69 minutes in the match, although he missed the only shot he took and probably could have worked a little harder getting into a defensive position on Stoke’s opening goal. Still, it’s certainly a positive to see him back in the squad, and he’ll now look to build on it for a Huddersfield side with one point and a minus-eight goal differential through three games.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin only needed a week of recovery time to get himself back into Rafa Benitez’s starting XI, and he was unquestionably a central part of the story in the Mapgies’ 2-1 home loss to Chelsea. The right back rose to the fore late in this one after spending the majority of the game holding his own defensively (tallying five clearances, four tackles, and two interceptions) against Eden Hazard as Chelsea controlled 81 percent possession. After Hazard put the Blues in front from
Last week, we mentioned a possible loan move to Swansea City for Carter-Vickers, and lo and behold, that became a reality on Saturday when the 20-year-old completed a season-long move to the Liberty Stadium. The temporary switch should be another solid step in the youngster’s development after he played for both Sheffield United and Ipswich last season in the Championship, and he should have a more-than-decent chance to earn a starting spot in a fairly thin Swansea back line that previously had just two senior center backs. He missed out on the squad that lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, but Carter-Vickers should be in the 18-man squad at least for Sunday’s trip to Millwall.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
Robinson remains firmly entrenched in Wigan’s starting XI as he played 90 minutes in a pair of Championship matches, a 3-0 win over Stoke and a 1-0 loss to QPR. Like his team, the left back was better in the former than the latter. Against the Potters, Robinson won four tackles and four aerials and contributed a peach of a cross at the other end that led directly to a penalty for Wigan’s third goal in the 57th minute. He struggled a bit against QPR, as he lost possession a team-high four times and perhaps reacted a bit slowly on the lone goal of the game as it bounced around in the box, but he had another decent match going forward for the most part while recording five clearances and three aerials wins. Robinson should continue to receive plenty of minutes moving forward.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks played a very prominent role in Wolfsburg’s Bundesliga-opening 2-1 win over Schalke. The big center back popped up in his offensive 18-yard box in the 33rd minute, slipping out of the sight of Schalke’s defense to freely head home the opener at the back post following a corner kick for Wolfsburg’s first league tally of the year (and his first for the club). He also forced a save from Schalke keeper Ralf Fahrmann midway through the second half and had a decent overall defensive game, but with the scores still level inside the final 10 minutes, Brooks was whistled for a penalty when he attempted to clear a corner kick with a high foot and instead caught a Schalke attacker. Nabil Bentaleb converted the spot kick for Schalke, but Brooks’ blushes were spared by teammate Daniel Ginczek, who put home in added time to lift the Wolves to the victory. All in all, it was certainly an eventful 100th Bundesliga appearance for the 25-year-old, who looks fit and ready after playing 180 minutes in two games to start the season.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler is expected to miss around six months after undergoing knee surgery a few weeks ago. Eintracht defeated Freiburg 2-0 without him, although teammate Nicolai Muller showed that Chandler hasn’t been forgotten when he lifted the American’s jersey to the crowd after opening the scoring for Frankfurt. It was a nice gesture ahead of what’s certain to be a lengthy recovery process for the fullback.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson again did not make the Bremen squad, although it now appears that his absence is due to lingering effects from the ankle injury that cost him most of last season. There’s no timetable yet for him to return to the field. With Johannsson watching from afar, Bremen played Hannover to a 1-1 stalemate.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Like Johannsson, Sargent did not appear for the senior side, either, but he did start and score Bremen II’s opener with a confident finish in a 2-0 win over Drochtersen/Assel before being taken off with his side still nursing a one-goal lead in the 85th minute. First-team minutes still seem a little way off for Sargent, but the young striker is certainly turning heads at the lower level.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was a somewhat surprising inclusion in manager Dieter Hecking’s Bundesliga opening-day XI, but he more than justified his selection with the 58th-minute goal that gave Monchengladbach the breathing space they needed to see out a 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen. While he wasn’t too involved for most of his 83-minute stint on the pitch with two tackles in a quiet statistical game, the 30-year-old made the most of his opportunity, playing a one-two with teammate Raffael and following in as the Brazilian slid the ball back to Johnson for a stretching, sliding finish inside the six-yard box. It was a much harder shot than it may appear at first, which is all the more reason for optimism regarding a veteran who many thought might fall by the wayside this season in a talented Gladbach attacking corps. He showed in the first game, though, that he still has something left to give.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
In Schalke’s previously discussed 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg, McKennie started and played 90 relatively uneventful minutes. He wasn’t involved in any of the goals at either end and did his job well, if quietly, finishing with two tackles, interceptions, and clearances, although he wasn’t too quiet as he picked up a yellow card for dissent. It wasn’t a great start for Schalke, but McKennie seems like he’ll be an important player for the Royal Blues this season, and that’s a very good place to be for the newly minted 20-year-old.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales got the call in Dusseldorf’s opening game of the Bundesliga season, going the distance in a tight 2-1 loss to Augsburg. The defensive midfielder passed at a solid 84 percent clip and won four tackles on the day. He was not responsible for either tally against, but the hosts will feel disappointed not to come away with anything after leading at halftime.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic also started in Dortmund’s opener, a memorable 4-1 win over RB Leipzig that delivered a statement to the league. Pulisic himself wasn’t directly involved in any of the goals, but he did play a peach of a corner which Thomas Delaney powered toward goal, resulting in a save and a subsequent bicycle-kick finish from close range for Axel Witsel. Pulisic had two dribbles on the day but passed at a miserable a 44 percent clip. The positive is that manager Lucien Favre trusts him to strike dead balls, and that says something about his poise over free kicks. He took six of their seven corners on the day, with the final coming after he was subbed out in the 77th minute.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman did not make his way off the bench during Nurnberg’s season opening 1-0 loss to Hertha Berlin.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Wood did not make the 18-man roster for Hannover this week, who drew 1-1 with Werder Bremen, due to a red-card suspension he picked up in the final game of last season.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green started and played 88 minutes in a terribly disappointing draw 2-2 draw with Paderborn. The center attacking mid played an integral role on Greuther’s opener, tying up his man on a cross and allowing the ball to pop in the air for Tobian Mohr to thump home on the volley. On a different day, it could have been a classy assist, but the last touch did come off the Paderborn defender. After Green was removed with two minutes and stoppage time to play, Paderborn stormed back, scoring twice to force the draw. Green had three shots in the match as well.
Matt Miazga (Nantes, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga and co. had a solid day at the back, only allowing three shots to Caen, although one of them found the net, and that was enough for the visitors to scrape out a 1-1 draw. The goal was not Miazga’s fault, coming from a cross and finding a man sandwiched tightly between two other defenders. The center back also won a game high 11 aerial duels and passed at a decent 77 percent clip.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
There was good news for Siebatcheu this week as the striker returned from injury, coming on as a sub with 20 minutes to play in a 2-2 draw with Marseille. He couldn’t move the needle, however, as his side conceded the equalizer moments after he came on, and the forward couldn’t find a winner. He did pass at a 95 percent rate, but above all, it is positive to see him back in action. After all, a 2-2 draw away to a top-tier French side is hardly a bad result.
Timothy Weah (PSG)
With Edinson Cavani’s return to the Parisian side, Weah was left out of the 18-man roster this week. It’s a telling moment, and it’s now clear just how on the bubble he is for Thomas Tuchel’s side, although he should continue to get some rotational minutes this season.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
After scoring last week against PSV, Novakovic couldn’t get on the scoresheet this week in a 3-1 loss to ADO Den Haag. He was limited to just two shots on the day and only completed 59 percent of his passes, an indication of the team’s inability to get much going in the final third. He did win four aerials in the contest.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown was an unused sub for NAC in a 2-0 loss to Excelsior. However, he appears to be on the verge of being called up to the USMNT, courtesy of his club via Twitter.
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
It’s becoming a theme that Parks plays an hour for the reserve team, as he did against in a 1-0 win over Mafra.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City, Championship)
Cameron did not make the 18-man squads for any of Stoke’s moves this week. That would indicate that a move remains on the cards, but all is strangely quiet. We’ll know by this time next week where the veteran defender’s future lies.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj played 90 minutes for Hull in a 2-0 Championship defeat to Stoke on Saturday, but he did not play in their 4-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Derby.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest, Championship)
Ariyibi did not make the 18-man roster for Forest this week, although Forest plays Wednesday in the Carabao Cup so he could conceivably see time there. Time will tell whether or not he leaves the club, either on loan or permanently, during the transfer window.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
After not making the 18-man squad in Derby’s 2-0 Championship win over Preston, Holmes made an instant impact on his Derby debut Tuesday, providing a cross that forced an own goal from a Hull defender with his very first action as a Rams player. He won’t technically get credit for that assist, but he will for the one he added on 89 minutes when he played Mason Mount through on goal with a lovely forward pass. It’s an excellent debut for the 23-year-old, who will now look to take the next step and appear in a Championship game.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch played 90 minutes twice and provided an assist in each match as Sunderland beat Gillingham 4-1 and Wimbledon 2-1, both away from home. He was involved in both the second and third goals against Gillingham, assisting the third after a run and pass to the top of the box (The assist starts at 56 seconds in this video), and he assisted Sunderland’s equalizer against Wimbledon with a cross from a short corner (starts at 46 seconds in this video).
Emerson Hyndman (Hibernian, on loan from Bournemouth, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman was an 83rd-minute substitute with Hibernian down 1-0 to Aberdeen, and while he wasn’t involved in the goal that did so, his side salvaged a point three minutes later to earn a draw.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Stanko has had a recurrence of the knee problems that have so far blighted the 25-year-old’s career, and he is currently out of action. Freiburg lost their Bundesliga opener 2-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Boyd was an unused substitute as Darmstadt beat Duisburg 3-0.
McKinze Gaines (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Gaines also did not feature in the aforementioned fixture.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George started and played the first 78 minutes as Regensburg and Holstein Kiel played to a scoreless draw.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson did not play in Sandhausen’s 1-0 loss to Bochum.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
After being on the bench last week, Wooten made his first appearance of the season, coming on with just under 30 minutes to play in the 1-0 loss to Bochum. Still, it’s good news that he’s officially back from injury.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau also played the role of sub this week, entering with 20 minutes to play. Duisburg were stomped 3-0 by Darmstadt.
Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford went the distance for Heidenheim in a 3-1 win over Dynamo Dresden. The left attacking midfielder was not on the scoresheet.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Horvath watched from the bench as Brugge beat Anderlecht 2-1.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike continues to hold his place in the Kortrijk lineup, helping pitch a shutout in a 2-0 win over Charleroi. The right back assisted on one of the tallies with a pinpoint cross and picked up a yellow card in the match.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief has yet to return from injury, not making the 18 for Anderlecht’s aforementioned loss.
Kekuta Manneh (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Manneh was an unused sub as St. Gallen fell 1-0 to Luzern.
Shaq Moore (CF Reus, on loan from Levante, Segunda Liga)
Moore as not in the CF Reus team this week.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne remains sidelined with a long-term injury.
Kyle Scott (SC Telstar, on loan from Chelsea, Eerste Divisie)
Scott was an unused sub in Telstar’s 1-0 loss to MVV Maastricht.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall was a menace this week, firing home a six-minute to brace to take Malmo from a 1-0 lead to 3-0 in the second half, spurring his team onto a 5-0 rout of Sirius. Twice within that six-minute second-half span, the 23-year-old fired home from short range emphatically, leaving the keeper with no (Here is a video of both tallies). He certainly is feeling himself at the moment, having scored eight times in the league this year, good enough for eighth-most in the country.
There is some USMNT U-18 action to report on this week, as well as a few notes on youngsters appearing for senior sides in cup competitions and one interesting player moving abroad. We’ll start there as former U.S. U-20 World Cup midfielder Eryk Williamson was sent on loan by the Portland Timbers to newly promoted Portuguese Primeira Liga side Santa Clara. It’s an interesting move, and it may prove highly beneficial from a playing time perspective as the now 21-year-old breaks into the professional game. We’ll keep an eye on him this season. On the USMNT side, the U-18s won the Vaclav Jezek tournament in the Czech Republic, beating Japan on penalties in the final. From our list below, Folarin Balogun scored twice and Indiana Vassilev scored once, while Owen Otasowie was on the team as well. One player in that squad who wasn’t on our list below is 17-year-old Groningen midfielder Stuart Ritchie, who played in two of the group-stage games of the tournament. He’ll join this list moving forward. So will Niko Hamalainen, a 21-year-old Finnish-American defender who started for QPR’s first team in the Carabao Cup this week. He’s played for Finland’s youth setup, but with regular action at Loftus Road, he could work his way onto the USMNT radar. Luca de la Torre also played for his senior side in the Carabao Cup, coming on for the final 15 minutes and change of Fulham’s 2-0 win over Exeter. Lastly this week, Zyen Jones turned 18 and officially signed with Schalke, so he’ll be eligible to play for their reserves moving forward.
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)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United, Premier League)
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Championship)
Chris Gloster (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Zyen Jones (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Haji Wright (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga, on loan from FC Dallas)
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, 2. Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
Eryk Williamson (Santa Clara, Primeira Liga)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Jupiler League)