Sergino Dest (Ajax)
For one week only, Dest gets top billing. The USMNT world was waiting eagerly, and Sergino delivered the news Monday: the 18-year-old was pledging his international allegiance to … the United States! The Dutch-born right back capped off another huge week in his career by throwing the USMNT fanbase into a joyous frenzy when he announced that he has chosen to play his international football for his father’s homeland. It’s a hugely significant moment for
On the field, it was another noteworthy week for Dest as he played 170-plus minutes in a 1-0 Champions League loss to Chelsea and a 4-0 win over rivals Feyenoord. Against the Blues, the right back was solid for the vast majority of the contest, getting into attack effectively and doing his part defensively (two tackles and two interceptions). However, he was taught an important lesson by a now-USMNT teammate when Christian Pulisic worked an iota of space and got off a low cross that nutmegged Dest before being turned home by Michy Batshuayi. There wasn’t a ton that Dest did wrong on the play, but he could have been closer to the shifty winger in order to not allow him to get the cross away. He was excellent on the weekend in a Der Klassiker throttling of Feyenoord in which Dest earned something of a lucky assist on the fourth goal with a mis-kicked shot that Donny van de Beek redirected into the net. The teenager also was heavily involved in the second goal by driving the team forward with a fantastic touch and cross (the play can be seen starting at 49 seconds in this video). As his stock continues to rise at club level, USMNT fans will salivate over Dest’s potential, and with his future now settled, he’ll now hope to cement himself on the backline for the next decade or more.
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Nothing new has come out about Adams, who is close to a return from injury but missed the squad for both of Leipzig’s matches this week. Leipzig beat Zenit 2-1 in the Champions League but fell by the same scoreline against Frieburg on the weekend.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks rode the bench as Wolfsburg drew Gent 2-2 in the Europa League, but he made his competitive return from injury on the weekend, logging a full 90 minutes in a goalless draw with Augsburg. The left sided of three center backs, Brooks won two aerials and three tackles on the day while also being credited with a last-man tackle. His side limited Augsburg to just 10 total shots. Wolfsburg have yet to lose in any competition this year, but they have only won three of their last 10 matches. They sit fourth in a tense Bundesliga race.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
It seems that last week’s muscle issue was larger than expected for McKennie, who missed the 18-man Schalke roster this week. Nothing new came out about a potential long-term injury, though, so his status is unclear. Schalke drew 1-1 with Borussia Dortmund.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
After scoring last week, Sargent was rewarded with another start and he made good on the opportunity, providing an assist on Werder’s second goal in a 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen. A nifty throw-in routine saw Sargent receive the ball just inside the box before taking two defenders out of the play with a deft cut and pass to Davy Klaassen, who side-footed home from 18 yards out. Sargent had three shots of his own, too, but was dispossessed four times. He was removed with four minutes to play in the contest.
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
Steffen started and made a couple of very nice saves this week as Dusseldorf fell 2-0 to Paderborn. The keeper was not to blame on either tally, the first of which was an insane shot from distance and the second a perfectly flicked-home cross from a header. Still, Steffen made a couple of acrobatic stops and continued to show why his stock has shot up in recent weeks. He can’t do much about the team in front of him, which is frankly not up to par with the rest of the league.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
In what was easily the biggest week of Pulisic’s young Chelsea career, the 21-year-old was a massive game changer in both of the Blues’ matches. After entering with 25 minutes to play in Chelsea’s then-goalless UCL fixture with Ajax, Pulisic provided the game-winning assist to Michy Batshuayi, cutting up international teammate Sergino Dest on the left flank before squaring a low ball which Batshuayi smashed home from short range. On the weekend, the winger
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
Yedlin went the distance again for Newcastle in a 1-1 draw with Wolves. The concession wasn’t his fault, coming down Newcastle’s left side and resulting from a keeping error by Martin Dubravka. Yedlin did very little of note on the stat sheet, but it was a solid performance overall from the backline as a whole, which limited Wolves’ chances despite being out-possessed.
Timothy Weah (Lille)
Weah returned to training last week for Lille but has yet to break into the squad. It could be a few more weeks before he returns to game action. Lille drew Valencia in the Champions League and beat Bordeaux in Ligue 1 action on the weekend.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
In the Europa League, Boyd started and went 82 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Braga. The winger nearly put his side in the lead early when he settled a bouncing ball in the area, but his in-tight chip of the keeper found the post and bounced out. It was a tough attempt, to say the least, but it is worth wondering if Boyd had more time to settle and finish given how close in he was. Boyd did little else of note in the rest of the contest besides pick up a yellow card and then sat on the weekend as Besiktas got a big league win over Galatasaray.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
As usual, Horvath watched from the bench as Simon Mignolet started twice this week, in a 5-0 UCL loss to Paris Saint-Germain and a 1-1 league draw with Standard Liege.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover)
Soto again did not crack the Hannover 18-man squad this week. The side played to a wild 3-3 draw with Osnabrueck.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Red-hot Hamburg stayed red-hot as Wood watched his attacking colleagues put six past previously second-place Stuttgart in a 6-2 win.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Holmes played 180 minutes for Derby this week, going the distance in a 1-0 win over Wigan and a 2-0 loss to Hull. In the former, the midfielder wasn’t great, but he played a part in the Rams’ last-gasp winner with a cross into the box that one teammate knocked into the path of another to smash home in the 92nd minute. In the latter, he wasn’t bad, finishing with two successful take-ons and two interceptions, but he couldn’t really provide much of a spark either with one shot off target and one key pass. It’s another middling week for a middling Derby side that sits in 16th at the moment (though is somehow just six points behind the top six).
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
In an uneven performance, Miazga went 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw with QPR. He did have consecutive blocked shots on the goal line, but he was otherwise a weak point in the Reading defense as he was at least somewhat responsible on both goals, finding himself woefully out of position on the first before being beaten in a one-on-one duel on the second. It wasn’t a good day overall for the center back, and he didn’t get the chance to redeem himself on the weekend. He wasn’t replaced, though; Reading’s match with Nottingham Forest was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream went 180 minutes this week as Fulham beat Luton 3-2 and drew 0-0 with Middlesbrough. The former wasn’t Ream’s best as he was sucked out of position on one of Luton’s goals and struggled a bit in the match, although he also led all players in possession and passed at 89 percent. On the weekend, though, Ream was part of a heroic effort in which his side played more than 70 minutes with 10 men and came home with a point at Middlesbrough, with the 32-year-old tallying four clearances in the match. Fulham lurking in seventh, one point back of a top-six spot and just four behind the league leaders.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
Wigan stumbled this week in the aforementioned loss to Derby but bounced back to earn a good point at sixth-place Bristol City. Robinson went 90 minutes in both contests and picked up yellow cards in both, the second of which came after just four minutes against Bristol. He was at least partially to blame for mental errors on both goals, failing to drop back in defensively on the first before getting lost on a corner kick and losing a header as a result on the second. It wasn’t a good look for the left back who otherwise had a strong week in both attack and defense. He’ll need to cut those lapses out if he’s ever going to become a USMNT regular.
Chandler was twice a late sub this week for Frankfurt, coming in with seven minutes to play and helping his side see out a 2-1 Europa League win over Standard Liege before entering with 12 to play on the weekend in a 3-2 deficit which turned into a 4-2 loss to Monchengladbach. Chandler did little of note in either match.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Johnson still hasn’t fully recovered from the injury he picked up a few weeks back. He missed both of Gladbach’s rosters this week.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Bundesliga)
Morales was subbed on just after Fortuna conceded a second goal to Paderborn in their aforementioned 2-0 loss. The midfielder could not move the needle for his side and also picked up a yellow card during his 30 minutes on the field.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, Bundesliga)
Shelton was an unused sub in Paderborn’s win over Fortuna.
Gboly Ariyibi (Panetolikos, Greek Super League)
Ariyibi subbed on with 20 minutes to go and his side down 2-0, a scoreline that would hold as Panetolikos fell to Aris.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
Cameron continues to be an integral part of the QPR setup, starting twice this week. He went the distance on Tuesday in a 2-2 draw with Reading and was subbed out in the second half for an attacking option on the weekend in a 3-1 loss to Brentford.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Stoke City, Championship, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
CCV started on Tuesday but had to be removed after just 25 minutes with an injury as Stoke fell 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday. The news wasn’t bad, though, as Carter-Vickers bounced back quickly enough to start and go the distance on the weekend in a 2-0 loss to Millwall. The results aren’t good for the team, which props up the Championship table, but it’s positive to see that the defender avoided an injury scare.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre continues to be well out of the Fulham senior setup, missing the 18-man roster for both their matches this week.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
The exact opposite can be said for Lichaj, who logged a full 180 minutes for Hull in a pair of wins this weekend. It was extra sweet for Lichaj, too, who beat his former team, Nottingham Forest, 2-1 in the midweek before helping his side top Derby on the weekend. The back-to-back wins boosted Hull to 13th in the table.
Jann-Christopher George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George did not make the 18-man roster this week for Regensburg.
Green went the distance again for Fuerth, who drew VFL Osnabruck 0-0. The right midfielder also picked up a yellow card in the match.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford was an unused sub as St. Pauli fell 1-0 to Heidenheim.
Andrija Novakovich (Frosinone, Serie B)
Novakovich continues to get work off the bench, coming on as a late sub with his side up 1-0. However, Frosinone would go on to draw 1-1 with Cremonese.
Stephen Payne (Portimonense, Primeira Liga)
S. Payne remains outside of the Portimonense 18-man roster.
Desevio Payne (FC Emmen, Eredivisie)
D. Payne also missed the FC Emmen 18-man squad this week.
Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Wright got his seventh Eredivisie start this week, being removed with just over 10 minutes to play and his side down 3-1. VVV would fall 4-1 to Fortuna Sittard.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike went 90 minutes as Kortrijk fell 3-1 to Royal Antwerp. It’s been a rough go so far for the defender, whose side is fifth-worst in Belgium with 20 goals allowed in 12 games.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
As usual, Saief wasn’t in the Anderlecht squad this week.
Phillipe Sandler (Anderlecht, Jupiler League, on loan from Manchester City)
Sandler missed out again, but this time the reported reason was injury rather than illness. It’s a mysterious-sounding issue that the defender traveled to Barcelona for treatment on recently, so it’s unclear when he’ll be returning to the pitch for Anderlecht.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown was an unused substitute in a 3-2 loss to WSG Wattens.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Moore was again an unused sub for Tenerife, who played to a scoreless draw with Mirandes.
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Danish Super League)
Amon wasn’t in the Nordsjaelland squad this week that lost 3-1 to OB.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
After picking up a knock in a challenge last weekend that earned an opponent a red card, Cappis was only put on the bench this week, and he came on for the final two minutes of Hobro’s 1-1 draw with Silkeborg. His name was also interestingly brought up in transfer rumors
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Sabbi, though, started and made his presence felt early, getting onto the end of a long throw-in that caused havoc in Silkeborg's box and bundling the ball over the line to put Hobro up ahead in the third minute. The winger played all 90 minutes in the draw.
Yosef Samuel (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Samuel was an unused for Hobro this week.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Polster twice missed the squad this week as Rangers drew Porto 1-1 in the Europa League and beat Motherwell 2-1 in the Premiership.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall was stapled to the bench in Malmo’s Europa League win over Lugano and didn’t make the squad that beat AIK on the weekend.
Aron Johannsson (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)
With Hammarby up 1-0 on Ostersunds in the 62nd minute, Johannsson was brought on to help see the clock out. His side scored 10 minutes later and held on for a 2-1 win, their seventh consecutive victory.
Jonathan Klinsmann (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Klinsmann was an unused substitute as usual in St. Gallen’s 3-1 win over Lugano.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch scored Sunderland’s third of five(a simple close range tap in — video here) in a 5-0 drubbing of Tranmere, but he rolled his ankle early in the second half and was forced off with an injury that kept him out of the weekend’s loss to Shrewsbury and now looks like it’ll sideline him for a few weeks.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Kelman remains sidelined with an ankle problem and missed both of Southend’s losses this week, 7-1 to Doncaster and 3-1 to Ipswich.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
Olosunde moved up the field this week, playing twice (but mostly struggling) as a winger as Rotherham beat Ipswich 2-0 before falling to Wycombe 1-0.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Phillips played in the midweek, going 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Blackpool, but he sat on the weekend in the aforementioned win over Olosunde’s Rotherham.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes went 90 minutes in the Dundee United midfield in a 2-0 win over Dunfermline Athletic.
Taylor Booth (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Malik Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Quincy Butler (Hoffenheim, Bundesliga)
Maxi Dietz (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Niklas Dossmann (Mainz, Bundesliga)
Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Uly Llanez (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Sidney Friede (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Mike Grimm (Augsburg, Bundesliga)
Maurice Malone (Augsburg, Bundesliga)
Matthew Hoppe (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Noah Jones (RB Leipzig, Bundesliga)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Tom Kanowski (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, Bundesliga)
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (Koln, Bundesliga)
Pablo Soares (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Stuart Ritchie (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga)
Roberto Hategan (Nurnberg, 2. Bundesliga)
Tyler Taber (Nurnberg, 2. Bundesliga)
Ian Hoffmann (Karlsruher, 2. Bundesliga)
Giona Leibold (Wehen Wiesbaden, 2. Bundesliga)
Travian Sousa (Hamburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Justin Butler (Ingolstadt, 3. Liga)
Jalen Hawkins (Ingolstadt, 3. Liga)
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, Premier League)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, Premier League)
Ivan Jara (Crystal Palace, Premier League)
Chituru Odunze (Leicester City, Premier League)
Owen Otasowie (Wolves, Premier League)
Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool, Premier League)
Kyle Scott (Newcastle, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham, Premier League)
Jonathan Tomkinson (Norwich, Premier League)
Iffy Udanoh (Aston Villa, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Premier League)
Ethan Wady (Chelsea, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
Damian Las (Fulham, Championship)
Augustus McGiff (Reading, Championship)
Vaughn Covil (Forest Green Rovers, League 2)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Jack Imperato (Villarreal, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Kosuke Ide (Leganes, La Liga)
Rayshaun McGann (Getafe, La Liga)
Andre Costa (Rayo Vallecano, Segunda Division)
Cade Hagan (Sporting Gijon, Segunda Division)
Sam Shashoua (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Leo Sepuvleda (Salamanca, Segunda Division B)
Matteo Carbone (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Kaile Auvray (Lille, Ligue 1)
Niko Gioacchini (Caen, Ligue 2)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Johan Gomez (Porto, Primeira Liga)
Patrick Leal (Sporting, Primeira Liga)
Jamie Dunning (Sparta Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Chris Gloster (PSV, Eredivisie)
Richie Ledezma (PSV, Eredivisie)
Alex Mendez (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Joshua Pynadath (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Coby Sultan (VVV-Venlo, Eredivisie)
Niko Hamalainen (Kilmarnock, Scottish Premiership, on loan from QPR)
Cameron Harper (Celtic, Scottish Premiership)
Nebiyou Perry (Ostersund FK, Sweden)
Zico Bailey (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Aydan Bowers (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Jeremy Rafanello (FC Helsingor, Danish Second Division)
Chris Durkin (Sint-Truidense V.V., Jupiler League, on loan from D.C. United)
Isaiah Young (Union St. Gilloise, Belgian First Division B, on loan from Werder Bremen)
Raphael Iacovelli (FC Lugano, Swiss Super League)