The U.S. Men’s National Team played to a scoreless draw with Trinidad and Tobago last Tuesday, which we wrote about here. Because we already covered it, this American update doesn’t feature anything from that game. But there was plenty of positive news to go around this past weekend for Americans plying their trades in Europe.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron came on for goalscorer Bojan in the 71st minute of Stoke’s important 1-0 road win over Southampton on Saturday. After settling in as an extra defender for the Potters, Cameron made one tackle and got in the way of one attempted pass, and also completed a pair of dribbles. It was a huge victory for Stoke, who have now kept three clean sheets in a row and moved up to 11th in the BPL table.
Constantly under siege in a 4-0 loss at Everton, Guzan acquitted himself well despite the unflattering scoreline. The 31-year-old made five saves, including a stunning one off Arouna Kone when the score was only 1-0. It wasn’t a good result for struggling Villa, but Guzan has been impressive in recent weeks after an uneven start to the season.
Tim Howard (Everton)
In the aforementioned victory over Villa, Howard made three relatively simple saves to keep a fourth clean sheet of the campaign. It wasn’t a busy afternoon for the veteran, but he was effective when needed as the Toffees moved into seventh place. They’ll hope to continue their march upwards against Bournemouth next weekend.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Yedlin was an unused substitute Monday night as Sunderland got a much-needed 1-0 win at Crystal Palace. It was the first time in five games that Yedlin hadn’t started for the Black Cats, so the Seattle native will hope he can push back into the starting XI in the near future.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Spurs’ U-21 side was inactive this week, so Carter-Vickers was too. He should be in the lineup next Monday when Tottenham’s youth squad takes on Middlesbrough’s.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Zelalem went the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw at Livingston on Saturday that let second-place Hibernian draw level on points with Rangers at the top of the Scottish Championship, though the Glasgow club have a game in hand. More importantly, manager Mark Warburton told reporters he is confident that Zelalem will extend his loan stay in Scotland until the end of the season, which will allow the young midfielder to continue to gain important first-team experience.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Cropper was on the bench for Dons’ 1-1 draw with Fulham on Saturday. Starting keeper David Martin hasn’t been amazing this season, so Cropper may get his shot in the coming weeks.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Although Fulham’s U-21s were in action, drawing 2-2 with Aston Villa, Hyndman was not named in the 18-man squad. His time at the London club seems to be drawing to a close, as Hyndman has not signed a new contract and has only seen the pitch once this year for the senior side.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream suffered a head injury while on duty with the United States that kept him out of Fulham’s squad for the 1-1 draw at Cropper’s MK Dons.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
In a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Brentford, Lichaj went the distance for Forest at right back, making three blocks and one tackle. It was a disappointing day, however, for Lichaj as his side conceded in the 95th minute to drop the contest, though they remained in 17th place.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Reading’s U-21s lost 2-1 to Leicester on Monday, with Novakovich going 75 minutes in the defeat. He had one opportunity saved from close range in his time on the pitch, but he didn’t play a part in Reading’s late consolation goal, which came after the Wisconsin native had been subbed off.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams put forth a man-of-the-match display in a 2-1 win over Bolton on Saturday. The German-born midfielder struck what was ultimately the winning goal in the 34th minute with a shot from the top of the box, his third tally of the season. Additionally, Williams had five interceptions and a team-high four tackles as the Royals closed the gap on sixth-place Birmingham City to one point.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Another American who shined this weekend, Brooks earned man-of-the-match distinction by whoscored.com with a 7.8 rating in a snowy 1-0 win over Hoffenheim. The young center back had three tackles, a game-high six interceptions, a joint-game-high four clearances, and led his side with 83 touches of the ball. It was the second straight impressive display from the 22-year-old, who seems to have earned the starting spot in the center of defense for the time being. A huge task awaits Brooks this
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler has had a tough time breaking back into the squad after missing time due to injury, but the right back was one of his side’s better players in a 3-1 loss to Leverkusen on Saturday. After entering as a substitute in the 22nd minute, Chandler had four successful tackles, three threatening crosses into the box, and did not lose possession of the ball. It wasn’t a great game for Eintracht, who sit precariously just four points above the relegation zone, but Chandler will hope his decent showing will help him earn his way back into coach Armin Veh’s preferred XI.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
In a local derby with the reserve side of 1860 Munich, Green played a full shift, but his Bayern II side fell 2-0. The senior side needs a win against Olympiacos in the Champions League on Tuesday to secure qualification to the knockout round, which could open up an opportunity for Green to see action in the final group stage game in a few weeks.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson remains out with a hip injury and watched on as his Werder side was demolished 6-0 by Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson continued to impress for Gladbach this weekend, going the distance at left midfield in a 2-1 win over Hannover. The 27-year-old was a threat going forward and had a pair of tackles for the hosts, who won on an 84th minute goal by Raffael to move up one place in the Bundesliga table.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
Stuttgart II lost 3-1 to Holstein Kiel on Friday, with Kiesewetter going 63 minutes. The loss moved Stuttgart II into the 3. Bundesliga’s relegation zone, but the senior side’s struggles — they sit in the relegation playoff spot — open up the possibility that Kiesewetter could play in the top flight sooner rather than later.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Playing on the left wing against Darmstadt, Morales (right) was excellent as Ingolstadt continued their impressive run with a 3-1 win over their fellow promoted side. Morales had one shot off target and one tackle, but, more importantly, he delivered a terrific cross to Moritz Hartmann in the 88th minute that the striker headed home to seal the victory. It was the second assist of the season for Morales, who has played in all 13 of Ingolstadt’s games in the top flight and helped the Audi Boys to a surprising eighth place position in the Bundesliga.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd is still rehabbing after a serious knee injury suffered last December and is unlikely to feature until the new year.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
Wood went the distance for Union Berlin in a 1-1 draw with Bochum on Friday. He didn’t have too much of an impact, but the 23-year-old remains an ever-present for Union, having started all 15 games so far this season.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
In a 3-1 win over Karlsruher, Wooten played all 90 minutes as Sandhausen moved up to fourth place, just four points behind joint-2. Bundesliga leaders Freiburg and RB Leipzig. Wooten wasn’t too active in the contest, but he has still scored six of his side’s 26 goals this season and will hope to continue his solid campaign this weekend against last-place Duisburg.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
After missing almost two months with a mysterious illness, Bedoya returned as a late substitute Saturday for Nantes in a 1-0 loss to Monaco. The winger wasn’t all that involved, with one interception and one clearance in his 10-plus minutes on the pitch, but it was nonetheless a major step in Bedoya’s recovery to get back on the field, even for a late cameo.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Though the Tippeligaen season is over and Molde finished in sixth, Horvath’s campaign isn’t yet done, as the American keeper has backstopped Molde in the Europa League, and the Norwegians have already secured a spot in the knockout round. Horvath also backstopped the side for the first half of a 3-0 friendly victory over Sogndal on Wednesday and will likely be between the sticks Thursday when Molde host Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Rubin is still out after undergoing ankle surgery, and he should remain on the sidelines into 2016 for Utrecht, who lost 1-0 to NEC Nijmegen on Sunday.