Your Weekly USMNT Update— January 28, 2019

A little bit of an odd match day with both the MLS and English Premier League not in action (FA Cup instead), but we still have some solid performances to comment on.

STAR OF THE WEEK

Tyler Adams (19, Wappingers Falls, NY) — RB Leipzig, Bundesliga

Leipzig defeats Dusseldorf 4–0

Minutes Played: 90

After spending his first game in Germany on the sidelines in Leipzig’s loss to Dortmund last week, Adams found himself in the starting lineup as a holding center mid this week, where he became an immediate focal point in Leipzig’s game. If 71 touches on the ball with a pass completion rate of 81% doesn’t speak volumes already, the 69% won tackles certainly do. While it was clear that Adams often preferred safe backwards passes, his ability to defend and maintain possession in high-pressure environments was encouraging, as he showcased his technical ability. All in all, a very solid performance that Adams can build upon in the Bundesliga this season.

OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

Timothy Weah (18, New York, NY) — Celtic Glasgow, Scotland

Minutes Played: 26

Goals: 1

Result: Celtic defeats St. Mirren 4–0

Following a stellar debut last week in the SPA cup, Weah added to his goal tally in his second game at Celtic in their 4–0 victory against St. Mirren. While only his second game with Celtic, we think he has the potential to become a regular starter this season and gain valuable minutes as he preps for a move to one of Europe’s top leagues or returns to PSG.

Duane Holmes (24, Columbus, GA) — Derby County, England

Minutes Played: 90

Assists: 1

Result: Derby County defeats Accrington Stanley 1–0

It seems like Holmes is on a run here! In Derby’s 1–0 win in the FA Cup, Holmes played a full 90 minutes and assisted the game winner after dribbling past several defenders and keeping composure in front of goal.

While perhaps not on many radars for the 2022 squad, we do believe that Holmes brings something to the table that could be missing from the USMNT — though getting consistent minutes at Derby will be crucial in his development.

ONEGOAL.US 2022 WORLD CUP TEAM AS OF TODAY

Goalkeepers:

Zack Steffen (24, Coatesville, PA)

  • Not in action this weekend with the MLS in off-season, but he was called up for the U.S. games against Panama and Costa Rica next week.

Ethan Horvath — (23, Highlands Ranch, CO)

  • Played 90 minutes in Bruegge’s 2–1 win over KV Oostende.

Alex Bono — (24, Baldwinsville, NY)

  • Not in action this weekend with the MLS in off-season.

Defenders:

John Anthony Brooks — (26, Chicago, IL)

  • Played 90 minutes in Wolfsburg 3–0 defeat against Leverkusen.

DeAndre Yedlin- (25, Seattle, WA)

  • Not in action this weekend with the Premier League on break.

Antonee Robinson — (21, White Plains, NY)

  • Currently out on injury.

Matt Miazga — (23, Clifton, NJ)

  • Not in action this weekend.

Cameron Carter-Vickers — (21, Louisiana)

  • Played 90 minutes in Swansea’s 4–1 victory over FC Gillingham in the FA Cup.

George Bello (17, Douglasville, GA)

  • Not in action this weekend with the MLS in off-season.

Aaron Long — (26, Oak Hills, CA)

  • Not in action this weekend with the MLS in off-season but he was called up for the U.S. games against Panama and Costa Rica next week.

Walker Zimmerman — (25, Lawrenceville, GA)

  • Not in action this weekend with the MLS in off-season but he was called up for the U.S. games against Panama and Costa Rica next week.

Nick Lima — (24, Castro Valley, CA)

  • Not in action this weekend with the MLS in off-season but he was called up for the U.S. games against Panama and Costa Rica next week.

Midfield/Forward:

Christian Pulisic — (20, Hershey, PA)

  • Did not see action in Dortmund’s 5–1 win against Hannover.

Tyler Adams — (19, Wappingers Falls, NY)

  • Played 90 minutes in Leipzig’s 4–0 win over Dusseldorf.

Weston McKennie — (20, Little Elm, TX)

  • Was suspended for Schalke’s 2–2 draw against Hertha Berlin, as he picked up a fifth yellow card last week.

Wil Trapp — (26, Columbus, OH)

  • Not in action this weekend with the MLS in off-season but he was called up for the U.S. games against Panama and Costa Rica next week.

Duane Holmes — (24, Columbus, GA)

  • Played 90 minutes and had the one assist in Derby County’s 1–0 win over Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup.

Kellyn Acosta — (23, Plano, TX)

  • Not in action this weekend with the MLS in off-season.

Djordje Mihailovic — (20, Lemont, IL)

  • Not in action this weekend with the MLS in off-season but he was called up for the U.S. games against Panama and Costa Rica next week.

Jonathan Amon — (19 Summerville, SC)

  • Not in action this weekend with the Danish Superliga on winter break.

Josh Sargent — (18, O’Fallon, MO)

  • Came off the bench to play 21 Minutes in Werder Bremen’s 2–2 draw against Frankfurt.

Timothy Weah — (18, New York, NY)

  • Came off the bench to play 26 minutes in Celtic’s win over St Mirren and scored 1 goal.

Paul Arriola — (23, Chula Vista, CA)

  • Not in action this weekend with the MLS in off-season but he was called up for the U.S. games against Panama and Costa Rica next week.

ON THE RISE / IN THE HUNT

  • Taylor Booth (17, Eden, UT), Midfield, Bayern Munich

  • Andrew Carleton (18, Powder Springs, GA), Midfield, Atlanta United

  • Sean Davis (25, Long Branch, NJ), Midfield, NY Red Bulls

  • Romain Gall (24, Herndon, VA), Midfield/Forward, Malmo FF

  • Jonathan Lewis (21, Plantation, FL), Midfield/Forward, NYCFC

  • Matt Polster (25, Milwaukee, WI), Defense/Midfield, Glasgow Rangers

  • Chris Richards — (18, Hoover, AL), Defense, Bayern Munich

  • Danny Wiliams — (29, North Carolina), Defense, Huddersfield Town

  • Haji Wright- (20, Los Angeles, CA), Forward, Schalke 04

Following solid practice sessions with the USMNT this past week, we are adding Jeremy Ebobisse to the hunt.

Jeremy Ebobisse (21, Bethesda, MD), Forward, Portland Timbers:

  • Fast, strong in possession with an ability to put the ball in the back of the net, the Duke Alum could be a serious alternative for the USMNT 2022 roster at center forward. While we continue to believe Sargent is the most likely starter up front, Ebobisse could be a serious weapon off the bench. We will keep a close eye on him in the upcoming games against Panama and Costa Rica, and through this MLS season.

NEWS AND TRANSFERS

Chris Richards officially signs a four and half year deal with German giants Bayern Munich following a successful 20 matches with Bayern’s youth team. Clearly one of the most exciting defensive talents in the United States, it will be interesting to keep a close eye on his development over the next few years. While we think it is unlikely that he will see first team minutes this year, Bayern has been putting an increased emphasis on integrating younger players into the first team. As the likes of Hummels, Boateng, Robben and Ribery reach the twilight of their careers, Richards time could come sooner than many expect.

Matt Polster’s transfer to the Rangers is reportedly moving along and close to finalizing.

Antonee Robinson is back in training at Wigan following an ankle injury from November.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Timothy Weah and his teammate Oliver Burke on their early success at Celtic