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.
Atiba lands in Mexico, Rogelio wins Copa MX with his club, Blas Perez starts his own foundation, and Anibal Chala’s time in Quito comes to an end.
Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): No match scheduled this week
Next Match: RB Leipzig vs. Schalke 04, Saturday, January 13, 11:30am
Shaft Brewer Jr. (AP - RB Leipzig U19): No match scheduled.
Next Match: Wolfsburg U19 vs. RB Leipzig U19, Saturday, January 27, 4:00am
Keaton Parks (DFW - Benfica II/Segunda Liga): No match scheduled this week
Next Match: Portugal Cup, Vitoria Setubal vs. Benfica, Saturday, December 29, 3:15pm.
Emerson Hyndman (DFW - AFC Bournemouth): Emerson suited up twice this past week for AFC Bournemouth, but still failed to see any action.
Next Match: your guess is as good as mine
Fabian Castillo (FCD - Trabzonspor/Super Lig): Fabian did not suit up Sunday, in a 1-1 draw at Kardemir Karabukspor.
The draw keeps Trabzonspor 7th place in the Super Lig Table.
Fabian suited up Wednesday, in Turkish Cup action at Konyaspor. Castillo came into the match in the 64th minute, with Trabzonspor trailing 1-0 and looking for a spark. Trabzonspor would lose 1-0. The loss snapped an 11 match unbeaten streak.
In the past couple of months, Castillo has been no more than a key reserve for Trabzonspor, mostly coming off the bench and starting the occasional match. So it is no surprise that rumors out of Turkey, claim that Fabian Castillo has requested to be transfered.
Next Match: Turkey Cup, Trabzonspor vs. Konyaspor, Monday, January 15
Mexico - Apertura Torneo
Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW - Monterrey/Liga MX): Rogelio started last Thursday, in the Copa MX final against visiting Pachuca. Rogelio played 81 minutes, as Los Rayados would claim the Copa MX Title, 1-0 over Pachuca.
Next Match: Monterrey vs. Morelia, Saturday, January 6, 7:00pm
Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Atletico Zacatepec/Ascenso MX): No match scheduled this week.
Next Match: Atletico Zacatepec vs. Tampico Madero, Saturday, January 6, 5:00pm
Omar Gonzalez (DFW - Pachuca/Liga MX): Omar started and played the full match in the 1-0 Copa MX Title loss to Monterrey.
Next Match: Pachuca vs. Pumas UNAM, Saturday, January 6, 7:06pm
Atiba Harris (FCD - Murcielagos FC/Ascenso MX):
Looks like #GoodGuyAtiba will be taking his skills to the Mexican 2nd division, very likely the 3rd best league in CONCACAF.
Murcielagos FC was at or near the bottom of the standings during the Apertura, finishing 13th place in the Ascenso MX Table. Atiba’s addition is seen as an excellent addition by their fan base, who believe Atiba can still compete at a higher level.
With Atiba’s versatility, it will be interesting to see where he is deployed on the field by his new club.
Next Match; Murcielagos FC vs. Cimarrones de Sonora, Friday, January 5, 10:00pm
Central America & South America
Nicholas Hagen (AP - Municipal/Guatemala), Blas Perez (FCD - Municipal/Guatemala): No match scheduled this week
Despite rumors that Blas Perez would be leaving Municipal, Super Raton is in fact back in training with Municipal.
In other news:
El "Raton" Blas Pérez inició una fundación de apoyó a la juventud y a la niñez, que lleva de imagen a su padre "Don Toro" un referente inspirador para Blas en cada partido. ¡Felicidades por tu proyecto @elraton7! #BlasPerez #VamosPaRusia pic.twitter.com/wvUue5Vc3Z— TVMAX Deporte (@tvmaxdeportes) December 24, 2017
Blas has started his very own Foundation, that deals with supporting Panamanian youths. The image on the logo, is the father of Blas Perez.
Next Match: Deportivo Petapa vs. Municipal, Saturday, January 13
Moises Hernandez (FCD/AP - Comunicaciones/Guatemala): No match scheduled this week.
Next Match: Comunicaciones vs. Antigua GFC, Saturday, January 13
Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador): With his loan set to expire December 31, Anibal had a recent interview;
Chala says there is zero chance that he will stay at LDU Quito, and that he will return to Frisco on January 15.