Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
While Adams remains out of the lineup and missed Leipzig’s 4-1 win over Koln, there remains optimism that the midfielder is in the final stages of his lengthy recovery process from the adductor injury that’s kept him sidelined this season. RB manager Julian Nagelsmann said last week that Adams is expected to be fully back “one hundred percent” in team training by the middle of this week, and that he should be available to play shortly after that (here’s a link to that German article for those interested). This isn’t the first time we’ve heard a similar rumbling out of Leipzig, so fingers crossed that Nagelsmann is being forthcoming and Adams really will be back in the near future. Leipzig are doing just fine without him, sitting in second and leading their Champions League group; it makes sense that they’re taking his recovery slowly, but USMNT fans are certainly ready to see the 20-year-old back in action.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
In a difficult situation, Brooks showed this week both why he’s the USMNT’s best defender at the moment and that the competition’s not particularly close. Away from home against Eintracht Frankfurt, a quality European side with some dynamic attacking talent, and with his side down to 10 men for the final 45 minutes, Brooks put together his best performance of the season in helping Wolfsburg to a 2-0 win. Playing in a back three which became two when fellow center back Marcel Tisserand saw a second yellow card at the end of the first half, Brooks marshalled the defense well and dominated in the air, collecting a whopping 11 clearances as well as a key
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
After making a late return from international duty, McKennie was deployed only as a substitute by manager David Wagner in Schalke’s 2-1 win at Werder Bremen. The midfielder did his defensive duties well during his outing, getting credit for 2-of-2 tackles and two clearances, although he completed just eight of 14 passes. Wagner indicated after the game that McKennie’s long week of travel and USMNT minutes were the reasons he started on the bench, so there’s every reason to believe he’ll be out there next weekend when Schalke host Union Berlin.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Back on our main list for the first time this season, Morales returned with a dud this week, although he wasn’t alone in a 4-0 home beatdown at the hands of the league’s longtime bully, Bayern Munich. The midfielder was among the responsible parties on Bayern’s first and fourth goals, closing down too slowly as Benjamin Pavard directed home a corner and pulling into a jog inside the six-yard box, allowing Philippe Coutinho to tap into an empty net behind him. It wasn’t a good look for the American, who also lost possession four times. The quality of the opposition makes it difficult to criticize too much, especially since Morales has been consistently so far this year for Dusseldorf; both he and his teammates will need to improve next time out, though the schedule doesn’t get any easier with trips to Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund up next on the docket.
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Manchester City)
All of the above applies for Steffen as well, with the exception of which goals he was responsible for against Bayern. In his case, it was really only the second, although, on the fourth, a harsher critic might say he should have punched the ball away before Thomas Muller could prod it on to Coutinho. That second, though, was not good. Steffen was guilty of a horrendous giveaway while trying to pass out from the back; seven seconds later, the ball hit the back of the net. It’s a bad look for the 24-year-old, who has committed similar mistakes before and needs to cut that tendency out of his game. If he can do so, Steffen has the potential to become one of the world’s best keepers, but he will only get there if he can improve in that quality.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Sargent went as an unused substitute for Bremen in the aforementioned loss to Schalke. It’s a little concerning that different options were preferred off the bench with the team trailing, but that could also be partially due to Sargent also returning late from international duty following his brace against Cuba. Regardless, Bremen are winless in eight and have fallen all the way down to 14th in the table, out of the relegation playoff spot on goal difference alone.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Pulisic’s health was a talking point throughout the international break, which he missed due to injury, but despite at one point being expected to miss Saturday’s big match with Manchester City, he was in Frank Lampard’s starting XI under the Etihad lights. However, he and his teammates were kept relatively quiet in a 2-1 loss to Pep Guardiola’s Citizens. It was a tough match for the winger, who was mostly stymied by City right back Joao Cancelo and couldn’t really get fully involved in the contest, recording two successful take-ons, one key pass, and no shots in the 90 minutes. Chelsea won’t have much time to dwell on the loss though with a massive Champions League match at Valencia up next on Wednesday.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
Like so many of his USMNT cohorts, Yedlin has a rough return to life with his club team Monday as Newcastle lost 2-0 at Aston Villa. Yedlin was directly responsible for Villa’s first, clumsily giving away a needless free kick on the edge of his own penalty area that Conor Hourihane tucked away. Yedlin also generally had a difficult evening against Villa’s best player Jack Grealish, who most played as a left winger in the match and beat Yedlin multiple times. Again, he had been good before the international break, so the hope is that Yedlin can find that form again, but the road gets tougher from here with Manchester City up next.
Timothy Weah (Lille)
Last week, it was reported that Weah should be ready to train before the winter break, but it is unlikely he will actually see match action until after the three weeks off. Weah will hopefully be back to start Lille’s second half.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
Boyd was an unused sub this week as Besiktas beat Konyaspor 1-0.
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
With just over 25 minutes to go, Dest was brought on with his side up 3-0 against Heracles and made an impact, recording an assist (which was originally credited as a goal) in an eventual 4-1 win. After being involved in the build up play, Dest snuck inside from the right and neatly slotted away a cut-back pass form 20 yards out. Dest’s shot was judged to have barely nicked off the foot of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on the way through, however, making it an assist rather than his first Ajax goal. Still, it’s his fourth Eredivisie assist of the season and another bright spot for the fast rising outside back. He then had one moment to forget when he was robbed of possession a few minutes later on Heracles’ lone goal. His performance showed both the good and the bad of the 19-year-old’s game; he’ll hope for further chances to impress in the near future.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
Unsurprisingly, Horvath watched Simon Mignolet from the bench this week as Brugge beat Oostende 2-0.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood was given his first 2. Bundesliga start of the season this week, but, to be frank, the forward fell flat. During his 60 minutes on the pitch, Wood did little of note and did not fill the stat sheet noticeably. Worse, after subbing off with his side down 1-0, Hamburg immediately produced a goal and then a late winner to beat Dynamo Dresden 2-1. Wood has actually had chances to produce in the last two matches, but he just hasn’t been quite on the mark for the league leaders.
Duane Holmes (Derby County)
Despite not making a direct impact on the scoresheet, Holmes was a standout performer for Derby this weekend in a 1-0 win over Preston. The right midfielder was credited with playing impressive defense and nearly did produce on the offensive end when his rocket of a volley clambered off the bar and out. Still, his 7.6 rating on whoscored.com earned him man of the match honors. Holmes continues to quietly go about his business in midfield very well and has helped push Derby up into 11th place, five points out of a promotion playoff spot.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga went the distance as his side fell 1-0 to Brentford. The right center back was not responsible for the tally, and overall, he and the rest of the defense did well to combat Brentford’s attack. Reading’s issues stem from the other end of the pitch not producing in the slightest with 19 goals, fifth worst in the league. Miazga won three aerials on the day as well, but his job is increasingly difficult with almost zero room for error.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Besides a third-minute hiccup, Ream and the backline were solid in a 2-1 win over QPR on Friday. Ream could have potentially stopped the early goal, but the low cross from the byline in the area snuck between him and the endline, finding Jordan Hugill for a tap in. Ream could have closed down the space better, but it certainly wasn’t all on him. The center back also won three aierals during his 90 minutes on the pitch as Fulham moved up into fourth place.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
Robinson went the distance for Wigan in a 2-1 loss to Stoke. After taking an early lead, Robinson was partially responsible for Stoke’s opening tally when, while marking on a crossed free kick, he lost track of the ball and allowed it to scoot right by him at the near post for a tap in. On the second goal, Robinson put in a last-ditch tackle that wasn’t strong enough to clear the situation, and the ball was forced home in the ensuing scramble. It would be harsh to put that mark on the outside back, however. Robinson did fill the stat sheet well, though, passing at an 86 percent clip while winning four aerials and two tackles.
Chandler was an unused substitute in Frankfurt’s loss to Wolfsburg.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Johnson was back from injury and on the bench for league-leading Monchengladbach, though he went as an unused substitute. Gladbach were upset 2-0 by Union Berlin and saw their lead over Leipzig and Munich shrink to one point.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, Bundesliga)
Shelton was an unused sub for Paderborn in a wild match at Dortmund in which the visiting underdogs led 3-0 at halftime before slipping to a 3-3 draw.
Gboly Ariyibi (Panetolikos, Greek Super League)
After scoring his first goal for Panetolikos before the international break, Ariyibi was a halftime substitute in a scoreless home draw with Panathinaikos.
Geoff Cameron (QPR, Championship)
Cameron missed out on QPR’s 2-1 loss to Fulham due to a suspension for yellow-card accumulation.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Stoke City, Championship, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers wasn’t in the Stoke 18-man squad that earned an important 2-1 win over Wigan.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
De la Torre didn’t play for Fulham’s senior or reserve sides this past weekend. He seems to be just on the cusp of the 18-man squad but has yet to play in the Championship this season.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj logged another full shift at right back, though it wasn’t his best as he was slightly out of position on both goals Hull conceded to Middlesbrough. He did get some semblance in the second half as Hull fought back to earn a 2-2 draw, with Lichaj’s diagonal ball into the box leading to the equalizer.
Jann-Christopher George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George was a 68th minute substitute for Regensburg in a 1-1 game and helped his side to a 3-1 win by scoring the third and final goal. The forward was perfectly placed to volley home a poorly headed clearance in the 85th minute as Regensburg moved up to fifth thanks to a seventh straight game without defeat.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Green was supposed to move back to The List this week, but he picked up a knee ligament injury over the international break and is expected to be out through the winter break. As a result, he will remain in the Others section for the time being.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford was a 67th minute substitute, coming on with all of the goals scored in a 3-1 loss to Erzgebirge Aue.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, 2. Bundesliga)
Soto was again uninvolved for Hannover this week. There was an unsubstantiated rumor over the international break that linked him with Ajax, but that remains to be seen. A move is necessary, though.
Andrija Novakovich (Frosinone, Serie B)
Novakovich was a halftime substitute with Frosinone trailing Spezia 1-0 in a game they lost 2-0.
Niko Gioacchini (Caen, Ligue 2)
Gioacchini played twice for Caen since our last update. In the first, he scored his side’s second and won a penalty in a 6-0 hammering of seventh-tier side Murs-Erigne, putting Caen 2-0 up with a give-and-go, great first touch, and cool finish. This past weekend, he played 87 minutes in a 3-3 draw with Le Mans but did not find the scoresheet.
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 played 90 minutes as a left winger in a 2-1 win over FC Twente. He wasn’t involved in any of the goals.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike missed out due to injury as Kortrijk drew Anderlecht 0-0. He was reportedly a question mark before the contest, which perhaps indicates that the injury isn’t too severe, though it’s impossible to know.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Jupiler League)
Saief was not in the Anderlecht matchday roster, which played to a scoreless draw with Kortrijk.
Phillipe Sandler (Anderlecht, Jupiler League, on loan from Manchester City)
Sandler remains out with an injury and missed Anderlecht’s draw.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown logged a full shift and helped his backline pitch a shutout in a goalless draw with Flyeralarm Admira this week.
Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Segunda Division)
Moore has rapidly worked his way into the Tenerife side. The Spanish second tier didn’t follow the international brea,k so Moore played twice since our last update, playing full shifts at right back in a 1-1 draw with Cadiz and left back in a 2-0 win over Sporting Gijon.
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Danish Super League)
Amon was not in the Nordsjaelland roster for their 3-0 win over Randers.
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Cappis logged another full shift at central midfield for Hobro in a 2-1 loss to Copenhagen.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Sabbi was supporting Cappis to the right, also going 90 minutes against Hobro. Sabbi won a penalty in the first half, and though he stepped up and saw his effort saved, a teammate finished off the rebound for Hobro’s only goal of the contest.
Yosef Samuel (Hobro, Danish Super League)
Once again, Samuel was not part of the Hobro set up.
Niko Hamalainen (Kilmarnock, Scottish Premiership, on loan from QPR)
Hamalainen continues his run in the Killie side, going the distance in a 3-0 trouncing of Hearts.
Matt Polster (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Polster missed the Rangers lineup, and worse, it appears the Glasgow side have a young potential superstar behind him.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
With the Allsvenskan season over, Malmo’s only matches are Europa League and Swedish Cup ones for the time being. They haven’t played since November 10, but will this Thursday against Dynamo Kiev in a critical UEL Group B tilt. Malmo sit third, but co-leaders Kiev and Copenhagen are just a point ahead, so it’s anybody’s group for the taking.
Aron Johannsson (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)
Hammarby’s season is over. The side finished in third and qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round next year.
Jonathan Klinsmann (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League)
Klinsmann was again an unused sub as St. Gallen beat Neuchatel Xamax 4-1.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Good news came out this week for Gooch (who missed three competitive fixtures since our last update, with League 1 not breaking for international duty) as his ligament injury is nearly healed and he could see the pitch very soon. Sunderland have a match Tuesday against Burton, which may mark his return; if not, the weekend against Gillingham is possible as well.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Kelman is still sidelined with an ankle problem. He was not present for Southend’s Football League Trophy win over Wimbledon or their League 1 loss to Oxford United.
Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United, League 1)
It’s clear now that Olosunde is firmly the Rotherham starting right back. Since our last update, Rotherham has played three times, with Olosunde going the distance in all three, a 3-0 loss to Lincoln City in the Football League Trophy before league wins over Accrington Stanley and MK Dons.
Giles Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, League 1, on loan from QPR)
Wycombe played a whopping four games over the break and last week, and Phillips started two and was an unused sub in the other pair. The first of four saw Phillips sent off against MK Dons in the Football League Trophy. After watching from the bench in a 2-0 league win over Tranmere, Phillips went 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card, against the same Tranmere side in an FA Cup First Round Replay. Finally, he sat again as his side beat Doncaster in the league, 1-0 on a 92nd-minute penalty.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes again went the distance at center attacking midfield as Dundee smacked Queen of the South 3-0. His side are nine points clear at the top (with second place Ayr having a game in hand).
Elsewhere this break, the USMNT U-16 and U-17 teams participated in the NIKE Friendlies, while the U-23s also played a pair of games. There were no European-based players in the U-16 squad, but there were in the U-17s and U-23s.
U-17s: Jonathan Tomkinson, Joshua Pynadath, Noah Jones, Jack Imperato, Pablo Soares, Rickson van Hees (new name added to the list below - fullback, NEC Nijmegen, Eerste Divisie)
U-23s: Chris Richards, Antonee Robinson, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Christian Cappis, Alex Mendez, Emmanuel Sabbi, Richie Ledezma
Lastly, to the rumor mill, which has been spinning rapidly over the past few weeks. There are two completed moves to report this week: NYCFC homegrown right back Joe Scally has signed with Borussia Monchengladbach and will join when he turns 18 in January 2021, while another 16-year-old, Ronald Arevalo of Cedar Stars Rush, has signed a progressional deal with Danish club HB Koge. In addition to those, a number of rumors have made the waves this week: Aaron Long is being linked with another Premier League club, this time Southampton, Gianluca Busio has reportedly seen two bids from Fiorentina rejected by Sporting Kansas City and is the subject of plenty of interest, and Brayang Kayo has reportedly agreed to join Wolfsburg. In training and trailing notes, Cole Bassett of the Colorado Rapids is training with Arsenal, Moses Nyeman is visiting Dortmund and Mainz, Caden Clark of the Barca Academy in Arizona is visiting Spain and La Masia, Evan Rotundo is at Schalke, and U.S. international Djordje Mihalovic is on trial with Nurnberg. There are also a group of four FC Dallas players training with Bayern Munich over the break (Ricardo Pepi, Thomas Roberts, Brian Reynolds, and Edwin Cerrillo) are are being scouted by other German clubs as well. Lastly, some news on loanees in the United States: Keaton Parks is likely to return to Benfica after spending the season with NYCFC, although Benfica are reportedly weighing their options with the midfielder; Atlanta United retained the loan rights of Emerson Hyndman from Bournemouth and are exploring a permanent deal; and D.C. United are looking to reacquire Bill Hamid, who spent the season in D.C. on loan from FC Midtjylland.
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)
Kevin Bright (AC Milan, Serie A)
Matteo Carbone (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Luca Lewis (Torino, Serie A)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Kaile Auvray (Lille, Ligue 1)
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)
Rickson van Hees (NEC Nijmegen, Eerste Divisie)
Julian Anderson (Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Cameron Harper (Celtic, Scottish Premiership)
Nebiyou Perry (Ostersund FK, Sweden)
Jacob Samnik (Hobro, Danish Super League)
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)