USMNT Stock Watch: Malik Tillman, Tim Ream proceed to impress

By Doug McIntyre
FOX Sports activities Soccer Author

Editor’s Word: “Plane to Qatar” is FOX Sports activities’ new weekly characteristic monitoring the progress of gamers hoping to crack the United States Males’s Nationwide Group’s 26-player roster for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Final week, it was Josh Sargent. This week’s mover? Malik Tillman.

Tillman, a 20-year-old Bayern Munich prospect on mortgage this season to Scottish behemoth Rangers, now tasks to make U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter’s roster for Qatar after serving to the Glasgow membership qualify for the vaunted UEFA Champions League with a 1-0 upset away to Dutch energy PSV Eindhoven. 

Tillman’s impactful begin to the 2022-23 European season may even have put him in line for a ticket even when one other versatile midfielder, roster common Cristian Roldan, hadn’t undergone groin surgical procedure that may stop him from taking part within the People last two World Cup tune-up subsequent month towards Japan and Saudi Arabia. The German-born Tillman is certainly one of 4 gamers who Berhalter will personally scout this weekend; the USMNT boss will watch Rangers defender James Sands — one other participant who’s trending up — and Celtic’s Cameron Carter-Vickers in Saturday’s Previous Agency derby, then journey to Portugal to see Reggie Cannon play for Boavista on Monday.

With simply two weeks to go till Berhalter names his September squad, the competitors is heating up all throughout the sector. All of the sudden, (virtually) each striker within the participant pool appears to be scoring. Roster spots are up for grabs up entrance, in central protection, within the midfield, at fullback and perhaps in purpose. John Brooks even got himself a job. (Once more, that ship has sailed.) 

There’s sure to be extra motion as gamers do all the pieces they’ll to make their circumstances, and as accidents inevitably take some choices out of the teaching employees’s palms.

So, buckle up, USMNT followers. Who’ll be on the transfer subsequent week?

Firstclass

F/M Brenden Aaronson (Leeds): Aaronson continues to provide within the Premier League. On Tuesday, he assisted on Leeds’ equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Everton.

M Tyler Adams (Leeds): Adams was in all places once more towards the Toffees, and he is performed each minute of Leeds’ 5 league video games to this point.

D Sergiño Dest (Barcelona): He hasn’t dressed for any of Barca three video games this season and is not in coach Xavi Hernandez’s plans. That is alarming, however Dest’s scenario will turn out to be a full-blown disaster for the USMNT if hedoesn’t discover a new membership earlier than Thursday’s switch deadline. The newest phrase is he will be transferred out to Italian Serie A aspect AC Milan.

F Jesús Ferreira (Dallas): After scoring 3 times in his earlier two video games, the diminutive striker did not discover the web Saturday towards Actual Salt Lake.

M Weston McKennie (Juventus): McKennie began the primary two Serie A video games of the season, then performed the ultimate 13 minutes of Saturday’s 1-1 tie towards Roma.

M Yunus Musah (Valencia): The one knock on Musah has been a scarcity of objectives or assists. His blistering strike towards Atletico Madrid on Monday was dominated out, however may it’s an indication of issues to come back?

F Christian Pulisic (Chelsea): The USMNT’s prime attacker has been a sub in every of Chelsea’s 5 video games, logging 96 whole minutes. That is irritating for Pulisic, who is anticipated to stay with the Blues via Deadline Day. However it would not be the worst factor for the U.S. if a wholesome, rested Pulisic has one thing to show in Qatar. 

F/M Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund): BVB is decided to slow-walk Reyna, who did not make the bench for Dortmund’s final match, again to full health after he suffered a pair of setbacks after tearing his hamstring final season. That is good, although it makes one marvel if Reyna is usually a 90-minute participant on the World Cup.

D Antonee Robinson (Fulham): Jedi has performed each minute at left again for Fulham, serving to the Cottagers to a 2W-1L-0T file to this point. 

*F Tim Weah (Lille): The appropriate winger has missed Lille’s final two matches with a foot damage.

D Walker Zimmerman (Nashville): With Nashville in motion towards Colorado on Wednesday, Zimmerman was rested for final weekend’s 3-0 win in Vancouver.

Consolation Plus

M Kellyn Acosta (LAFC): Like the remainder of his staff, Acosta had an evening to overlook in final Friday’s 4-1 defeat in Austin. LAFC travels to Houston on Wednesday.

M Paul Arriola (Dallas): Arriola went 90 for the primary time in 5 matches towards RSL.

D Reggie Cannon (Boavista): Cannon has had a powerful begin to the season; he’ll be hoping for his finest recreation with Berhalter in the home.

M Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo): De la Torre did not play in Celta’s 1-0 win over Girona. He is performed simply 4 minutes via three video games for the La Liga membership, who face Cadiz on Friday.

G Sean Johnson (New York Metropolis): Johnson made three saves Sunday towards Orlando Metropolis however had no likelihood on the Lions’ 96th-minute winner.

D Aaron Lengthy (New York Pink Bulls): The middle again had certainly one of his strongest performances of the season in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Miami. The Pink Bulls are in Montreal on Wednesday.

M Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders): Morris made his twenty first begin of the MLS season in Seattle’s 2-1 loss to rival Portland. He’ll go for No. 22 Wednesday towards Orlando.

F Jordan Pefok (Union Berlin): Pefok registered two assists in Union’s 6-1 drubbing of Schalke. USMNT scout Eric Laurie shall be on the striker’s subsequent recreation, when Bundesliga champ Bayern Munich visits the German capital. 

D Tim Ream (Fulham): The veteran heart again continued his sturdy begin to the Premier League season on Tuesday, going the gap within the Cottagers 2-1 win over Brighton. Ream has performed all however two minutes of Fulham’s first 5 video games. 

D Chris Richards (Crystal Palace): Richards had a tough outing off the bench towards Manchester Metropolis final weekend and did not play in Tuesday’s 1-1 stalemate with Brentford. He is nonetheless searching for his first Premier League begin.

F Josh Sargent (Norwich Metropolis): With USMNT assistant coach Lars Knudsen in attendance final Saturday, Sargent scored his fourth purpose in three league video games for the Canaries. He additionally went 84 minutes in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Birmingham Metropolis.

*G Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough): A knee damage sustained in coaching has saved Steffen out of the second-tier membership’s final two matches, together with Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Watford. Boro subsequent faces Sunderland on Sept. 5.

^M Malik Tillman (Rangers): The largest winner this week, Tillman’s hustle created the purpose that despatched Rangers to the Champions League:

G Matt Turner (Arsenal): Aaron Ramsdale’s understudy may see motion when the Gunners start their Europa League marketing campaign on Sept. 8. 

D DeAndre Yedlin (Miami): The veteran proper again has performed each minute of Miami’s final 13 MLS video games.

Standby listing

F Jozy Altidore (Puebla): The 32-year-old striker remains to be searching for his first begin with the Liga MX membership. 

D George Bello (Arminia Bielefeld): The left again logged simply two minutes within the second-tier membership’s final two video games.

M Gianluca Busio (Venezia): Busio wasn’t within the matchday squad for Sunday’s draw with Cittadella in Serie B. 

D Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic): The English-born heart again has an enormous likelihood to impress Berhalter Saturday in Celtic’s most essential recreation but.

F Matthew Hoppe (Middlesbrough): The 21-year-old did not make the bench for Boro’s final two video games. 

G Ethan Horvath (Luton City): Horvath backstopped Luton to a 2-1 victory over Cardiff Metropolis Tuesday. 

M Djordje Mihailovic (Montreal): The Eredivisie-bound playmaker accomplished virtually 90 p.c of his passes in Saturday’s win in Chicago, Mihailovic’s former membership.

D Erik Palmer-Brown (Troyes): The rangy heart again helped Troyes to their first Ligue 1 win final weekend.

D Kevin Paredes (Wolfsburg): Paredes did not make the bench for Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Leipzig.

⌄ *M Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders): His damage and Tillman’s rise come at a horrible time for Roldan, who drops all the way down to standby in consequence.

F Brandon Vazquez (Cincinnati): The goal man scored his sixteenth of the season final weekend, greater than any American in MLS. Nonetheless, his lack of worldwide expertise may work towards him if Pefok, Sargent and Haji Wright additionally keep scorching.

D Sam Vines (Royal Antwerp): Vines deflected the ball previous his personal keeper however made up for it with a secondary help moments later in Sunday 2-1 win over Gent. If Berhalter needs a left-footed backup behind Jedi, Vines is the frontrunner. 

F Haji Wright (Antalyaspor): Even when Wright did not present properly with the USMNT in June, his exploits in Turkey are protecting him within the combine: he is scored twice in every of his final two video games.

D Shaquell Moore (Nashville): Per week after being subbed off with a non-contact leg damage, Moore was wholesome sufficient to be on the bench in Vancouver. 

F Ricardo Pepi (Augsburg): Pepi earned his first Bundesliga begin of 2022-23 however got here off after 56 scoreless minutes. He will not begin for Ausburg once more this season, as he is reportedly been loaned to Eredivisie membership FC Groningen.

D/M James Sands (Rangers): Sands’ inventory is rising. He was excellent in Rangers win in Eindhoven, and now he’ll get to check himself towards the likes of Liverpool and Napoli within the Champions League.

D Joe Scally (Borussia Monchengladbach): Laurie, the USMNT scout, will watch the 19-year-old towards Mainz on Sunday. So Scally is clearly on Berhalter’s radar for the September roster, on the very least. 

M Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers): The central midfielder went 90 towards the Sounders.

F Gyasi Zardes (Colorado Rapids): The present type of Ferreira, Pefok, Sargent, Vazquez and Wright in all probability guidelines the veteran out of the operating at this level.

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One of many main soccer journalists in North America, Doug McIntyre has lined United States males’s and girls’s nationwide groups at a number of FIFA World Cups. Earlier than becoming a member of FOX Sports activities in 2021, he was a employees author with ESPN and Yahoo Sports activities. Comply with him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre. 


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