The most spectacular fall involves defender Matt Miazga. He went from starting at storied French club Nantes to playing for its reserve team following a disastrous Ligue 1 game against Bordeaux. That game just happened to be veteran coach Vahid Halilhodzic's first game in charge. Since Miazga lost his starting spot, the Canaris have won four games and tied the fifth and conceded just two goals. More important, they climbed out of the Ligue 1 basement and moved into the top half of the standings.
Miazga is one of six European-based players who are in camp in Brentford, England, and are on loan from other clubs. Only two of them -- Bobby Wood and Antonee Robinson -- played more than one quarter of the time for their first teams in league play in the last month.
Only two players played every minute for their European teams in league action in the last month, and they are both World Cup 2014 veterans: John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin. The third holdover from Jurgen Klinsmann's 2014 World Cup team among the European-based players is Julian Green, who started all four games for Greuther Fuerth in the German second division.
The most encouraging development in the last month is that Ethan Horvath regained the starting job in goal at Club Brugge and was named to the UEFA Champions League team of the week for his performance in last week's 4-0 win at Monaco.
Traditionally, the makeup of European-based national team players has been that of established players who have firm roles at their clubs. Few of those players remain as more players have been lured back to MLS. But as Sarachan has worked on jump-starting the rebuilding process following the USA's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, he has not hesitated to call in young players at the beginning of their European careers.
That these young players are struggling for playing time is normal. Tim Weah scored for Paris St. Germain in its Ligue 1 opener and started in its second game but hasn't dressed since PSG's World Cup stars all returned from vacation. Josh Sargent is training with Werder Bremen's first team but his only playing time is with its U-23s in the German fourth division. Both are still only 18.
More than half of the players are at clubs in Europe's big five leagues, and competition for playing time from other young players is fierce.
Since returning from France's U-19s late in preseason, Moussa Diaby has been spectacular for PSG in the role of a winger, like Weah plays for the USA.
For two seasons, Pulisic was Dortmund's bright teenaged star, but that role has now been filled by 18-year-old Englishman Jadon Sancho. While Pulisic's CIES transfer valuation has dropped from $94.5 million to $55.3 million in the last year, Sancho's has increased from $7.6 million to $56.8 million.