A new season is off and running in Europe, with many Americans looking to make their marks and, hopefully, earn a call-up to the United States men’s national team in the next World Cup cycle.
The past week was topped by the debuts of teenagers Emerson Hyndman and Rubio Rubin, and there’s transfer news involving Geoff Cameron, Fabian Johnson, Brek Shea and Jonathan Spector.
Catch up on all the action in this week’s USMNT watch.
The Premier League Boys
In the English Premier League, Aston Villa and Brad Guzan beat Stoke City 1-0 to open up their season. Guzan had two saves in the win, but the bigger story was the absence of Geoff Cameron for the Potters.
While Cameron has been a regular starter for Stoke over the past two seasons, he wasn’t in the 18 on Saturday. A story by Pete Smith of Staffordshire's Sentinel (h/t @socceroverthere) implied that Cameron may have been left out due to his participation in this summer’s World Cup, but the snub was also enough to reignite transfer rumors that were floating around earlier this month.
Brek Shea was also not part of the 18 for Stoke and has been told that he can leave the club, either on loan or on a permanent basis.
Both of the other Americans in the EPL played this weekend, with Tim Howard in the net for Everton’s 2-2 draw with Leicester and Jozy Altidore coming off the bench for the final nine minutes of Sunderland’s 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
In Germany, Steve Cherundolo was given a testimonial match by Hannover 96 last weekend, the club where he earned 415 appearances before retiring last spring.
This weekend, German teams were in German Cup action, but most of the Americans playing in Germany were spectators.
Bobby Wood started and played 84 minutes for 1860 Munich in their 2-1 win over Holstein Kiel.
Terrence Boyd will miss the beginning of the German season with a partially torn ACL.
John Anthony Brooks and Timmy Chandler made the 18 but did not play for their respective clubs.
Julian Green didn’t make the 18 for Bayern Munich.
Alfredo Morales’ Ingolstadt plays on Monday.
In the English Championship
The big news for U.S. fans in England this weekend was the second appearance (he officially debuted last weekend) of 18-year-old midfielder Emerson Hyndman. Hyndman went the distance for the Cottagers and completed 91 percent of his passes in the team’s 1-0 loss to Millwall.
Jonathan Spector went 90 minutes for Birmingham at right-back in their 1-0 win over Brighton. Spector also told Yanks Abroad this week that he would consider a return to Major League Soccer following this season. Fellow American Will Packwood was not in the 18 for the Blues.
Tim Ream played 90 minutes at left-back for Bolton in their 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj played the final four minutes of the match for Forest.
Danny Williams is missing the beginning of Reading’s season due to a knee injury.
Duane Holmes was not in the squad for Huddersfield.
Elsewhere in Europe
Youngster Rubio Rubin made his debut for Utrecht in Eredivisie action and played 90 minutes. He picked up an assist in the team’s 2-1 win, but it wasn’t one he’ll likely want to remember, as it came off a badly missed shot.
Mix Diskerud played 79 minutes of Rosenborg’s 3-1 loss to Brann.
Sacha Kljestan, who has reportedly been a target for several MLS clubs this summer, played the final 13 minutes for Anderlecht in their 2-2 draw with Westerlo.
Alejandro Bedoya played the final 18 minutes of Nantes’ 1-1 draw with Metz.
South of the Border
Joe Corona played 90 minutes of Tijuana’s 2-1 win over Jaguares. Greg Garza was not on the bench for Tijuana.
Jose Torres played 61 minutes of Tigres’ 1-1 draw with Puebla. Herculez Gomez came on in the 80th minute for Tigres.
Edgar Castillo earned a penalty in Atlas’ 1-0 win over Leones Negros.
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