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Keaton’s ascent in Portugal continues.

Welcome to another week of Big D Soccer’s coverage of your favorite players with ties to FC Dallas, the FCD Academy, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Everyone was talking about Keaton Parks this week, Weston continues to impress in the Bundesliga, and Fabian Castillo is in excellent form.


Europe

Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Weston started Sunday, against visiting Hamburger SV. Weston had a strong game during the 2-0 Schalke 04 victory.

Weston was poised and confident, contributing to the build-up play, and his positioning allowed him to be in just the right places. On offense, McKennie had 75.6% pass completion on 41 passes, 3 shots on goal, with 1 cross, and 1 key pass. On defense, McKennie had 3 tackles, 2 clearances, and 2 interceptions.

The win is Schalke 04’s 5th, in their current seven-match unbeaten streak, and sees them climb to 2nd place in the Bundesliga Table.

Next up for Schalke 04, is the Rivierderby against visiting Borussia Dortmund. This is a must watch match, for USMNT fans around the world, as it pits 2 of the USMNT’s brightest young stars. This will be the very first encounter, between Schalke 04’s Weston McKennie, and Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic. Dortmund enters on a 5 match winless streak, that has seen them drop to 5th place in the Bundesliga Table.

Next Match: Rivierderby, Schalke 04 vs. Borussia Dortmund, Saturday, November 25, 8:30 am.

Shaft Brewer Jr. (AP - RB Leipzig U19): Shaft suited up Saturday, against visiting Osnabruck U19, and came on in the 62nd minute.

Watch the video below, and pay close attention to the two substitutes entering the match, wearing white and orange. The bottom-most player is Shaft Brewer:

Shaft scored on his very first touch, and RB Leipzig U19 went on to a 7-0 victory.

The win sees RB Leipzig move to 5th place in the U19 Nord Bundesliga Table.

Shaft did not suit up Tuesday, as RB Leipzig U19, got a 2-2 draw in UEFA Youth League action at Monaco U19. The draw sees RB Leipzig remain last place in Group G, with 1 match left, and no chance of advancement.

Next Match: Hannover 96 U19 vs. RB Leipzig U19, Sunday, November 26, 5:00 am

Keaton Parks (DFW - Benfica II/Segunda Liga): Keaton Parks practiced with the Benfica first team during the International Break. Keaton was rewarded for his efforts, by suiting up for Benfica in the Portugal Cup, against visiting Vitoria Setubal. Keaton made his Benfica debut, in the 69th minute, with Benfica leading 1-0. Instead of telling you how Keaton did, how about you see for yourself:

Keaton was solid in his debut, and most importantly, did not look out of place. His “sudden” emergence, has many USMNT fans excited/intrigued. Let’s pump the breaks on any USMNT call-ups, Keaton still has ways to go, and may not truly be USMNT ready til next season, or until he get’s regular minutes with the Benfica 1st team.

Keaton was back in the starting line up for Benfica II on Tuesday, as Benfica II traveled to England, where they faced West Ham United U23s in the prestigious Premier League Cup. Keaton started the full match, as Benfica II got a 2-0 victory.

The win sees Benfica II move to 2nd place in group F, just 2 matches in.

Next Match: Leixoes vs. Benfica II, Sunday, November 26, 5:15 am

David Texeira (FCD - Vitoria Guimaraes/Primeira Liga): David did not suit up in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over visiting Feirense. The win sees Vitoria G move to 8th place in the Primeira Liga Table.

Vitoria G traveled to Salzburg (Austria) on Thursday, in UEFA Europa League action.

Next Match: Rio Ave vs. Vitoria Guimaraes, Monday, November 27, 3:00 pm

Fabian Castillo (FCD - Trabzonspor/Super Lig): Fabian started Sunday, against visiting Osmanlispor. Fabian has been shifted to the right side of the field since returning from his injury and started at Right Midfielder in the 4-1-4-1 formation. Fabian has excelled on the right side and was part of a 3 headed attack that terrorized Osmanlispor, en route to a 4-3victory. Castillo had his best match of the season, playing the full match, which was not decided until the 94th minute. Here’s a video of Castillo’s highlights for the match:

The much-needed win is the 3rd in Trabzonspor current four-match unbeaten run and sees Trabzonspor to 11th place in the Super Lig Table.

Rumors continue to swirl, of Castillo’s imminent departure, with old transfer rumors (Valencia) resurfacing. In spite of the growing rumors, Castillo has been on an “I’m happy, I’m staying” tour with the press. If Castillo can maintain his current form, it’s hard to imagine Trabzonspor parting ways with him.

Next Match: Sivasspor vs. Trabzonspor, Sunday, November 26, 5:00 am

Mexico - Apertura Torneo

Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW - Monterrey/Liga MX): Rogelio started Saturday, against visiting Tigres UANL, with 1st place on the line. Rogelio played the full match, and Los Rayados won 2-0.

The win secured the top seed for Los Rayados in the Ligilia playoffs, starting this week.

Next Match: Away Leg, Atlas vs. Monterrey, Thursday, November 23, 9:30 pm

Home Leg, Monterrey vs. Atlas, Sunday, November 26, 6:00 pm

Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Atletico Zacatepec/Ascenso MX): Alex

Omar Gonzalez (DFW - Pachuca/Liga MX): Omar started Friday at Atlas, and played the full match in a 1-1 draw.

The draw sees Pachuca finish the Apertura season in 12th place, and out of the playoffs.

Omar started Tuesday against visiting Atlante (Ascenso MX) in the Copa MX Semifinals. It took all of 5 minutes for Omar, yes Omar, to score the winning goal:

Pachuca would go on to a 2-0 victory, that sees them advance to the Copa MX Final against Monterrey.

Next Match: FIFA Club World Cup, Pachuca vs. Wysad Casablanca (Morocco), Saturday, December 9, 7:00 am

Central America & South America

Nicholas Hagen (AP - Municipal/Guatemala): Nick started Sunday at Malacateco, and played the full match, in a 1-1 draw. The draw sees Municipal remain 6th place in the Liga Nacional Table.

Next Match: Municipal vs. Suchitepequez, Sunday, November 26, 11:00 am

Blas Perez (FCD - Municipal/Guatemala): Blas suited up Sunday, at Malacateco, and came on to start the second half. It seems that the only thing that Super Raton can score nowadays, is yellow cards, and he didn’t disappoint, getting a yellow card in the 71st minute. Municipal had to settle for the 1-1 draw.

The draw keeps Municipal in 6th place on the Liga Nacional Table.

Next Match: Municipal vs. Suchitepequez, Sunday, November 26, 11:00 am

Moises Hernandez (FCD/AP - Comunicaciones/Guatemala): Moises did not suit up Saturday, in a 2-1 victory over visiting Antigua GFC.

Los Cremas find themselves in the midst of an eight-match unbeaten streak and have climbed up to 4th place in the Liga Nacional Table.

Next Match: Marquense vs. Comunicaciones, Sunday, November 26, 11:00 am

Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador): Anibal started Sunday, at Guayaquil City. Anibal played the full match, and received a yellow card in the 39th minute, as LDU Quito lost 1-0.

The loss drops LDU Quito to 5th place in the Primera A Table.

Next Match: LDU Quito vs. Emelec, Sunday, November 26, 11:00 am

Major League Soccer - Regular season completed

USL & NASL - Regular season completed