With the MLS regular season complete and the playoffs in full swing, rumors are starting to gain steam surrounding a number of domestic-based American players making the jump abroad. As such, we’ll be recounting those items in this paragraph each week until the transfer window closes and the dust settles. Already, there’s plenty to report. The most concrete reports surround two promising USMNT regulars who both appear to be readying themselves for moves to Europe, and one of those is a stunner. On
Tim Ream (Fulham)
In Fulham’s first game under new manager Claudio Ranieri, Ream was an unused substitute and watched from the sidelines as the Cottagers took down Southampton 3-2. The veteran center back has now missed out on the XI for three straight league games, and he may have a tough time getting himself back into the starting squad as Fulham transitions to life with a new boss.
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Playing his first minutes in nearly three months, Williams was a late entrant for Huddersfield on Sunday, playing the final minute plus stoppage time in the Terriers’ 2-0 away win over Wolves. His only notable contribution was a shot from outside of the area pulled wide. Nonetheless, it’s a major positive to see Williams back on the field for his first Premier League action of 2018-19.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin had a quiet game Monday against Burnley, but he was still a key figure in the Magpies’ back line as they beat the Clarets 2-1 at Turf Moor. The right back was a peripheral figure for much of the day, finishing with the fewest touches of any outfield starter, but he was effective when called upon with three tackles and two key passes. He also very nearly had a goal, which should have turned into an assist when Yedlin burst into the box and poked an effort towards goal that Joe Hart could only deflect to Matt Ritchie, who somehow missed the goal from a yard out. Regardless, while he didn’t get on the scoresheet and add to his goal and assist this season, Yedlin helped his side to a vital three points as Newcastle moved up to 13th with their third straight win.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Once again, Carter-Vickers was an unused substitute for Swansea, who lost 4-1 to Championship-leading Norwich. The center back has played just four games for the Swans during his loan spell.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
After being called up to the USMNT squad for its eventual defeats to England and Italy, Robinson suffered a sprained ankle while training with the Stars and Stripes. That knock kept him out of both USMNT games, as well as Wigan’s scoreless draw with Reading. The left back is expected to miss about four weeks, which would have him returning to action around the week of December 10.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Brooks put together a solid full shift for Wolfsburg, who held RB Leipzig quiet in a 1-0 home win. The center back was his usual commanding presence at the back for the Wolves, finishing with a game-high 10 clearances to go with three interceptions and a solid 83 percent pass completion rate. Wolfsburg currently sit in ninth in the Bundesliga table.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler is expected to miss around six months after undergoing knee surgery. He isn’t slated to return until at least the new year.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Well, Johannsson did briefly return to training during his recovery from an ankle injury, but that has comeback has been halted as Johannsson recently suffered a setback. The latest knock required another surgery on his troubling ankle issue, and the recovery from the most recent surgery is expected to take at least three months. It’s truly a devastating blow for a once-promising prospect whose progress has stalled since his move to Germany in 2015. We’ll monitor his progress, but don’t expect to see Johannsson return to action any time soon.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
After two straight substitute appearances, Johnson was left out of the Monchengladbach 18-man squad that beat Hannover 4-1. There was an understandable reason for his absence, though, as Johnson spent last week fighting off a flu bug. He will likely be back and ready to go by this weekend, when second-place Gladbach visit fourth-place Leipzig.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
McKennie was absent from Schalke’s squad this week after departing USMNT camp with a hamstring injury picked up in the defeat to England. The knock reportedly won’t keep him out long for Schalke. Without him, the Royal Blues beat Nurnberg 5-2 (for a bit more American-related news on that game, read the youth paragraph below).
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales was an unused sub in Dusseldorf’s wild 3-3 draw with Bayern Munich.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic came on moments after Dortmund took a 2-1 lead over Mainz, and the scoreline would not change over the 12 minutes he spent on the pitch. The winger did little of note and remains just on the outside of the starting XI, a spot that is decreasing his potential minutes. However, the talented youngster is still making headlines with reports of a probable summer move to Liverpool, Chelsea, or Bayern Munich (although a winter transfer isn’t out of the question).
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
It was a bad week for Tillman, who was sent off after 54 minutes of Nurnberg’s reserve side’s loss to Ingolstadt II.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
Wood made his mark early in Hannover’s 4-1 loss to Gladbach, sneaking behind the defense and slotting home in the opening minute for what a Hannover record for the fastest away goal in the Bundesliga. Unfortunately, that would be the last major mark the striker would have in the eventually lopsided loss. It’s Wood’s third goal of the campaign and first since October 6.
Green started and went just over an hour for Greuther in a 3-2 win over Magdeburg. Only one of the tallies was scored while the no. 10 was on the pitch, and Green was not involved. He did little else to fill the stat sheet.
Matt Miazga (Nantes, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga remains outside of the Nantes team and did not crack the 18-man roster for their 1-1 draw with Angers. His future in France is murky, to say the least, and he could very well be back to Chelsea (and potentially a new loan club) in the winter.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu was an unused sub for Rennes, who drew Montpellier 2-2.
Timothy Weah (PSG)
Despite injuries to Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, Weah couldn’t even make the PSG 18-man roster for their match with Toulouse, which ended in a 1-0 win. A loan move, which has been discussed by Weah, seems like a good option for all parties.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
Novakovich did not make the Sittard team this week as he recovers from injury, though his side smacked Heracles 3-0. Novakovich did have some off-field press this week, discussing his parent club and future in an interview with Football London.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
On the other hand, Palmer-Brown started and went the distance, but it was his side that was smacked 3-0, by Dutch powerhouse Ajax. Palmer-Brown was responsible for the third in stoppage time as he let Klaas-Jan Huntelaar slip behind him and turn home a brilliant cross which barely evaded Palmer-Brown’s outstretched foot. The right center back, part of a five-man backline, also slipped awkwardly in the box earlier in the match, but got away with it as the man he let in hit the post. It is Ajax, but it’s another bad blow for NAC, who sit dead last and have allowed 30 goals in 13 games this year.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
With QPR lining up across from parent-club Stoke, Cameron was ineligible to play for the Rangers this weekend. Without him, QPR came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj went the distance at left back for Hull in a 2-0 defeat to the team he joined the Tigers from, Nottingham Forest. The defender (who was praised by his manager for his professionalism in the lead up to the game against Forest) was among those who switched off on Forest’s second, letting his man run a one-two past him that ended in the back of the net.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest, Championship)
Ariyibi continues to reside well outside of the Forest first-team setup. He most recently played for the U-23s last Monday in a 4-3 loss to Burnley.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Making his third straight Championship start for Derby, Holmes went 90 the distance as the Rams defeated Sheffield Wednesday 2-1. The 24-year-old put together another strong performance as he continues to acclimate to his new team; his 29th-minute cross wreaked havoc in the Wednesday box and eventually found its way to Harry Wilson, who scored the opener.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch twice played 90 minutes for Sunderland over the past two weeks, first in a 1-1 draw with Wycombe, then in a 2-2 draw with Walsall. He wasn’t too active in the former, but in the latter, Gooch was Sunderland’s hero, assisting on their first with a cross to bring the
Emerson Hyndman (Hibernian, on loan from Bournemouth, Scottish Premiership)
Hyndman again was not included in the Hibs 18-man squad as the side drew Dundee 2-2. There are reports that the midfielder is struggling with an ankle issue that has kept him sidelined recently, but there’s no guesses available as to when he might return to action.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Stanko remains on the shelf due to injury. There’s no timetable for his possible return, but he has returned to training.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Boyd started and played 85 solid minutes for Darmstadt (taking three shots and winning a whopping 11 aerials), but his influence was limited as the Lillies fell 3-0 to visiting Koln.
McKinze Gaines (Darmstadt, 2. Bundesliga)
Gaines didn’t make the Darmstadt 18-man squad.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George again played 90 minutes and recording a game-high six shots, but none of them found the net as Regensburg tied St. Pauli 1-1.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson didn’t make the Sandhausen’s squad this week that lost to Holstein Kiel.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Wooten played 90 minutes but did little of note in Sandhausen’s 2-1 loss to Holstein Kiel.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau was not in the roster for a 1-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld.
Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford has yet to return from injury. Heidenheim were crushed 5-1 by Paderborn.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Coming off a hot international break, Horvath went the distance in a 3-1 loss to Waregem. None of the goals were his fault, however, with one coming from the penalty spot, one via a nice passing move and back post tap-in, and the third taking a wicked deflection that would have left any keeper helpless. He’s definitely a name worth watching as he has competition for the top keeper role for both club and country.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike went the distance in a 2-1 win over Oostende.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
After leaving the USMNT camp due to injury, Saief did not make the bench for Anderlecht’s 4-2 loss to Sint-Truiden. We will keep you informed if more info emerges about his status.
Kekuta Manneh (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Manneh went 73 minutes for St. Gallen, who lost 2-1 to Grasshopper Zurich.
Shaq Moore (CF Reus, on loan from Levante, Segunda Liga)
Reus played twice since our last post — with the Segunda Liga not taking an international break — but Moore was not involved, missing the 18 in the first due to his participation with the USMNT before riding the bench last weekend.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne remains sidelined with a long-term injury.
Kyle Scott (SC Telstar, on loan from Chelsea, Eerste Divisie)
Telstar also played twice this week, with Scott going the distance in a 4-1 loss to Den Bosch before being pulled after 73 minutes in a 3-0 loss to Roda.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall started and logged 90 minutes on Thanksgiving for Malmo, who beat third-tier Lunds 2-0 in a Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) match.
It was a busy week at the youth level, with the most noteworthy splash coming from an unexpected source. With Schalke dealing with an injury crisis amongst its attacking ranks, 20-year-old Haji Wright was called in to train and play in a friendly with the first team over the international break, and he opened enough eyes to earn a Bundesliga debut on Sunday, coming on for the final few minutes of Schalke’s win over Nurnberg. It seems likely that he’ll rejoin the youth teams when those injured players return, but it’s still a huge moment for Wright. We’ll keep him on the youth list for now, but that could change quickly if he makes a further dent. Another who made a maiden senior appearance was 16-year-old Charlie Kelman, who played as a substitute for League 1’s Southend United in a Checkatrade Cup game. He has scored for fun for Southend at youth levels and could be on the move in the near future; we’ll keep an eye on where he ends up. Elsewhere, Josh Sargent again played for the USMNT senior side (but not Bremen’s), and Luca de la Torre and Jonathan Klinsmann both joined the national team without playing for Dave Sarachan. At the CONCACAF U-20 Championships, the U.S. rattled off three straight wins over Costa Rica, Honduras, and Mexico to seal the title, with Alex Mendez earning the tournament’s Golden Ball award. Brady Scott won the Golden Glove, and the pair joined Sergino Dest, Chris Gloster, and Uly Llanez in the tournament’s Best XI. Three European-based players were called into the U-17 team: Eintracht Frankfurt defender Mason Judge, West Ham midfielder Peter Stroud, and Rayo Vallecano attacking midfielder Andre Costa, a 16-year-old Brazilian-American who joined Rayo last summer from Real Madrid and will join a USMNT camp for the first time (and will enter our list as well). Lastly, two 17-year-olds, goalkeeper Aurie Echevarria-Briscoe and midfielder Marcelo Palomino, are training with a pair of non-top-five giants, PSV and Porto, respectively, although neither seems on the verge of any permanent move at this stage.
Jonathan Amon (FC Nordsjaelland, Danish Superliga)
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)
Alex Mendez (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga, on loan from FC Dallas)
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, 2. Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Andre Costa (Rayo Vallecano, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Akil Watts (Mallorca, Segunda Division)
Sergino Dest (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Jamie Dunning (Feyenoord, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Keaton Parks (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Eryk Williamson (Santa Clara, Primeira Liga, on loan from Portland Timbers)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Juan Torres (Sporting Lokeren, Jupiler League)
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Superliga)