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Hoops Home & Abroad: Weston McKennie earns a USMNT call up!

We discuss all things Weston McKennie.

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.

Nobody has had a bigger week than Weston McKennie, Shaft (Shut yo!) Brewer finally suits up in Germany, and Fabian Castillo gets his first post-injury start.


Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Weston finallygot the news he had been anxiously awaiting:

Weston started Saturday at Freiburg. Weston had his most dominant performance yet, as Schalke 04 won 1-0. Weston had 1 Aerial won, 4 Tackles, 1 Interception, 2 Clearances, with 67.9% pass completion.

The win sees Schalke 04 jump to 4th place in the Bundesliga Table, just 6 points out of 1st place.

Weston’s team is actually tied on points (20 points) with Christian Pullisic’s team (Dortmund), with their first head to head match up, fast approaching (November 25).

Weston had the following to say about the highly anticipated match:

“I met him as a 13-year-old, he was my first buddy in the junior national team,” explains McKennie, who signed a contract until 2022 at Schalke last month, meaning he has the longest of any of the Royal Blue players. “Christian was the first of us to make it to the Bundesliga. That our ways have crossed in this way in the German professional game is a crazy, beautiful thing. We spend a lot of time together privately.”

The two Americans have yet to play on the same pitch in the Bundesliga, but on 25 November, in Dortmund, the first chance will arrive for an American clash inside the Revierderby – Germany’s biggest local derby, between Schalke and Dortmund.

“We (Mckennie and Pulisc) are the best example that even as a Schalke and Dortmund player can be friends,” McKennie said. “There are even (close friendships) in which one heart beats for Schalke and the other for BVB.” But it is understood that even friendship can’t come between these two sides.

“Christian and I know very well that our friendship will have to be on hold for 90 minutes on the 25th of November.”


One last note on Weston:

This is a really big deal, as Schalke 04 is set to lose the heart of their midfield, and the loss will likely mean increased playing time for Weston once it actually happens.

Next Match: Portugal vs. USMNT, Tuesday, November 14

Shaft Brewer Jr. (AP - RB Leipzig U19): Having turned 18 at the end of October, Shaft suited up for RB Leipzig U19s, for the first time on Saturday at Chemnitzer FC U19. Shaft didn’t play in the 0-0 draw, but it’s just a matter of time before he does.

The draw sees RB Leipzig U19s to 5th place in the U19 Bundesliga Table.

Next Match: RB Leipzig U19 vs. Schalke 04 U19, Sunday, November 12, 4:00pm

Keaton Parks (DFW - Benfica II/Segunda Liga): Keaton suited up on Sunday, against visiting Penafiel. Keaton came on in the 70th minute, with Benfica II holding a 3-2 lead. Benfica II was unable to hold on, as a red card in the 81st minute, doomed them to finish with 10 men on the field. Benfica II lost 4-3.

Their third loss in a row, drops Benfica II down to 14th on the Segunda Liga Table.

Next Match: Leixoes vs. Benfica II, Sunday, November 26, 10:00am

David Texeira (FCD - Vitoria Guimaraes/Primeira Liga): David suited up Thursday, but did not play, as Vitoria G defeated visiting Olympique Marseille (Ligue 1) 1-0 in EUFA Europa League action.

The win revives Vitoria G’s hope of advancing out of Group I. They are tied for last place in the group, but are now only 2 points out of 2nd place, with 2 matches left.

David did not suit up Sunday, in a 3-1 loss to visiting Benfica.

The loss sees Vitoria Guimaraes to 8th place in the Primeira Liga Table.

Next Match: Portugal Cup, Vitoria Guimaraes vs. UD Oliveirense (Segunda Liga), Saturday, November 11, 9:00 am

Fabian Castillo (FCD - Trabzonspor/Super Lig): Fabian started Saturday at Kayserispor. Castillo started as the Right Forward in the 4-3-3 formation, which is not a position he normally plays. Castillo and the rest of the non-defenders struggled throughout the match. Castillo played 78 minutes, only taking 1 shot, and having a miserable 59% Pass Completion rate, which was middle of the pack for all the attackers. Trabzonspor managed to leave with a 0-0 draw.

The draw sees Trabzonspor to 13th place in the Super Lig Table.

Next Match: Trabzonspor vs. Osmanlispor, Sunday, November 19, 7:30 am

Mexico - Apertura Torneo

Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW - Monterrey/Liga MX): Rogelio was rested by the manager on Saturday at Lobos BUAP. Monterrey would lose 2-1, but remains atop the Liga MX Table.

Next Match: Santos Laguna vs. Monterrey, Thursday, November 9, 9:00 pm

Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Atletico Zacatepec/Ascenso MX): Alex did not suit up Saturday at Alebrijes De Oaxaca. Atletico Zacatepec would win 2-0 and are now on a 6 match unbeaten streak in league play.

The win sees Atletico Zacatepec jump to 5th place in the Ascenso MX Table.

Next Match: Atletico Zacatepec vs Juarez, Saturday, November 11, 5:00 pm

Omar Gonzalez (DFW - Pachuca/Liga MX): Omar suited up and came on in the 79th minute, in a 1-0 loss against Queretaro.

The loss sees Pachuca drop to 14th on the Liga MX Table.

Pachuca hosted Tijuana on Wednesday night, in Copa MX action.

Next Match: Atlas vs. Pachuca, Friday, November 17, 9:00 pm

Central America & South America

Nicholas Hagen (AP - Municipal/Guatemala): Nick started Saturday at Guastatoya, and received an 88th-minute yellow card for stalling with Municipal holding on to a 1 goal lead. Municipal would hold on to a 2-1 victory and finally break their four-match winless streak.

The win sees Municipal jump to 6th place in the Liga Nacional Table.

Next Match: Municipal vs. Siquinala, Sunday, November 12, 11:00 am

Blas Perez (FCD - Municipal/Guatemala): Blas suited up Sunday at Guastatoya, and came on in the 56th minute. Municipal was tied 1-1 at that time and was looking for some attacking help, which would lead to their 2-1 victory. Blas would get an 89th-minute yellow, for doing Blas like things.

Next Match: Municipal vs. Siquinala, Sunday, November 12, 11:00 am

Moises Hernandez (FCD/AP - Comunicaciones/Guatemala): Moises did not suit up on Saturday, in Los Cremas 2-1 win over visiting Xelaju.

The win sees Comunicaciones jump to 3rd place in the Liga Nacional Table.

Next Match: Deportivo Sanarate vs. Comunicaciones, Sunday, November 12, 12:00 pm

Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador): Anibal started Saturday against visiting El Nacional. It would be a bad day at the office for Anibal and the rest of the team, as LDU Quito would go on to lose 3-0.

The loss is the second in a row for LDU Quito and drops them to 7th place on the Primera A Table.

Following the match, Anibal was critical of the team:

Let’s just say that some fans are not taking Anibal’s criticism of the team very well. There’s also the continued speculation that Anibal will not be returning to LDU Quito next season.

Next Match: Independiente Del Valle vs. LDU Quito, Sunday, November 12, 10:30 am

Major League Soccer - Regular season completed

USL & NASL - Regular season completed

HH&A’s Where are they now?: Emerson Hyndman

Yep, still at AFC Bournemouth. This is all you really need to know about that whole situation: