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USMNT’s Danny Williams out injured for Huddersfield

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Potentially bad news has arrived  for Danny Williams as the U.S. national team midfielder has suffered an injury at the worst possible time.

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Williams, 28, has suffered a “small fracture” to a bone in his foot and will not play for Huddersfield at Burnley on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET online via NBCSports.com).

UPDATE: Pro Soccer Talk understands Williams’ injury will keep him out of action for about 2-3 weeks.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the trip to Turf Moor, Wagner gave some more information on Williams’ injury.

“Danny Williams has a small fracture in a bone in his foot. We have specialists appointment tomorrow[Friday] where we will get some information on how long he will be out,” Wagner said. “At the moment it is totally open because it is a very, very small fracture. So we will see. For sure he is out for Saturday.”

So, it doesn’t seem like a long-term injury but after Williams battled to start his first-ever start in the Premier League against Leicester City last week in a 1-1 draw, this knock has come at a very frustrating time for the German-American midfielder as he established himself at his new club.

Williams has battled hard to get into Huddersfield’s starting lineup after his free transfer from Reading over the summer.

Some USMNT fans were also calling for Williams to get a recall from Bruce Arena ahead of the U.S. national teams crucial 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Trinidad & Tobago next month.

The combative midfielder now faces an anxious wait about the severity of his injury.

Sneaky good: Early “stars” of the Premier League

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I have a “smell test” for players who leap off the pitch when taking the eyeball test during Premier League play.

If, upon moving to advanced statistics sites for performance reviews, these players are still shining, then there’s a good chance they are as important to their club as it seems at first blush

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Of course guys like Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba, Kevin De Bruyne, and Sergio Aguero are going to pass muster. But what about some guys a bit off the radar?

Are there names the numbers say we should be watching a bit more closely, so it’s not a surprise when guys like Idrissa Gana Gueye or Sam Clucas net surprising transfer fees or international acclaim?

It seems logical, and we’ve to a pair of sites which use different algorithms to rank Premier League players and saw who turned up high in both…

Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea City
WhoScored: 37th
Squawka: 1st

Paul Clement‘s side sits 14th with only two goals scored, which is possible when your backstop doesn’t allow much to beat him. Fabianski was outstanding as Swans held Spurs scoreless this weekend.

Ben Davies, Tottenham Hotspur
WhoScored: 15th
Squawka: 16th

The 24-year-old defender is averaged 3.3 key passes per game, better than everyone in the league not named Mesut Ozil, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. They aren’t defenders.

Maya Yoshida, Southampton
WhoScored: 56th
Squawka: 14th

Playing behind Oriol Romeu — and without Virgil Van Dijk — Yoshida has a goal to go with his six clearances and 3.8 aerials won per game

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Crystal Palace
WhoScored: 22nd
Squawka: 26th

The on-loan Chelsea man was wanted by Rafa Benitez at Newcastle and a number of other locations, and has thrived despite only appearing in three matches and being on a troubled team. He’s averaged 4.7 dribbles a game and has been fouled 4.3 times per match.

Christopher Schindler and Aaron Mooy, Huddersfield Town
WhoScored: 10th (CS), 14th (AM)
Squawka: 24th (CS), 37th (AM)

It’s possible that Town has just been an analytics darling, as Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre also have good marks, but the Terriers have conceded just three times this season in front of Jonas Lossl. These two are a big part of the limited chances faced by the keeper, and Mooy has been holding it down for a continent the last two years.

Nicolas Otamendi, Manchester City
WhoScored: 11th
Squawka: 4th

His goal this weekend shows his capacity in the final third, but Otamendi has been a steady part of the defense as Pep Guardiola sorted out mercurial youngster John Stones and dealt with the health of Vincent Kompany.

Jamaal Lascelles, Newcastle United
WhoScored: 35th
Squawka: 49th

His numbers may be tilted by a pair of match-winning goals for high-flying Newcastle, but the big man had to get in the box to get them.

Kerr, Huddersfield Town’s Mooy named Australian Footballers of the Year

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SYDNEY (AP) England-based Aaron Mooy and United States-based Sam Kerr have been named Australia’s Footballers of the Year at Professional Football Australia’s annual awards, both winning the title for the second time.

Mooy, who plays for Huddersfield in the Premier League, became the first player to be named the PFA’s Men’s Football of the Year twice after claiming the award last year.

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He said “these awards are extra special to players because they are voted by your peers.”

The 24-year-old Kerr claimed the women’s award for the second time after being honored in 2013. She is currently the leading goalscorer in the United States National Women’s Soccer League.

Kerr said “to be voted by your fellow players as the PFA Footballer of the year is a huge honor.”

Huddersfield 1-1 Leicester: Terriers, Foxes scrap for a point

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  • Depoitre scores first PL goal
  • Vardy has 4 goals in PL so far
  • Leicester 1 win in last 8 PL games
  • Huddersfield: 1 home win in last 5

Huddersfield Town and Leicester City played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday with Laurent Depoitre and Jamie Vardy grabbing a goal each.

The Terriers took the lead through Lepoitre’s first Premier League goal but Vardy equalized from the penalty spot soon after and the England international somehow missed a glorious opportunity to give Leicester the lead from less than three yards out.

Elias Kachinga also had a goal controversially disallowed for Huddersfield as the offside flag went up.

The point moves Huddersfield onto eight for the season, while Leicester have four points.

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Huddersfield started well with plenty of pressure as Leicester struggled to get out of their own half.

USMNT midfielder Danny Williams curled an effort wide after a flowing move from Huddersfield as the German-American impressed on his first start in the Premier League.

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The Terriers dominated Leicester for most of the opening 45 minutes but the Foxes did have a couple of chances before the break as Aaron Mooy blocked well from Kelechi Iheanacho‘s shot.

Jamie Vardy then went close but his shot went wide as the England forward looked to continue his fine form.

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A frantic start to the second half saw Huddersfield taking the lead with Depoitre turning Harry Maguire, racing clear and finishing across goal to make it 1-0.

Leicester responded well to going behin Iheanacho was then set free by Riyad Mahrez but made a mess of his finish, however soon after Leicester were level.

Andy King was taken down in the box by Chris Lowe and there were no complaints as Vardy slammed home the spot kick. 1-1.

Huddersfield almost retook the lead immediately with Mathias Jorgensen‘s shot tipped over the bar by Kasper Schmeichel.

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Tom Ince created a great opening and Kachunga finished for what Huddersfield thought was the winner but the offside flag was raised controversially to deny the Terriers victory as Williams went close again late on.

There was still time for Shinji Okazaki and Mahrez to combine to set up a glorious chance for Leicester but Vardy somehow missed from three yards out and Ince then bent an effort inches wide as both teams pushed for the winner.

Leicester felt they could have had a penalty kick the death as Demarai Gray went down under Jorgensen’s challenge but Jon Moss waved away the calls and it ended even in Yorkshire.

West Ham 2-0 Huddersfield: Late pressure gives Hammers first win

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West Ham United needed something positive on Monday after the way the club started the 2017/18 Premier League season, and the Hammers delivered at home.

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The Hammers picked up a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the London Stadium, snapping the team’s three-match winless run to start the season.

Meanwhile, the defeat for Huddersfield is the club’s first since joining the PL. David Wagner‘s side sits on nine points through its first four matches.

The Hammers midfielder broke the deadlock with 18 minutes remaining after a wicked deflection from Zanka sent Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lössl the wrong way.

Then, second-half substitute Andre Ayew doubled the West Ham lead five minutes later to seal the match for the hosts.

Philip Billing provided the Terriers with the squad’s first real chance of the match in the 53rd minute, when the midfielder unleashed an effort from distance that required Joe Hart to get down to make the save.

The Hammers provided much of the early pressure, and nearly found a breakthrough on 13 minutes when Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez blasted a close-range shot off the crossbar.

Jonas Lössl kept the game scoreless prior to the half-hour mark after James Collins‘ header safely rolled into the Huddersfield goalkeeper’s arms in the 26th minute.

The Terriers struggled to mount any significant build up in the attack as West Ham carried out most of the pressure in the Huddersfield half during the opening stanza.