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.
Emerson Hyndman (AP - Rangers(Loan)/Scottish Premiership): Started and played 90 minutes in Ranger FC’s road draw against Celtic. Hyndman was tasked with doing a lot of dirty work in this game, and did exactly what was asked of him. Celtic dominated for the better part of 70 minutes and lead 1-0, until Rangers FC rallied back in the final minutes and Hyndman was involved in this beauty:
The goal earned Rangers FC a draw on the road, and ended Celtic’s amazing 22 game win streak in the Scottish Premiership. Rangers FC now sits 8 points behind second place Aberdeen.
Fabian Castillo (FCD - Trabzonspor/Super Lig): Started Monday and played the full 90 minutes, in Trabzonspor’s 3-1 road victory over Akhisar. Both teams combined for a total 19 dribbles completed, that is to say, when a player takes on a defender one-on-one with the ball and beats them. Castillo accounted for 10 of those completed dribbles, he also accounted for 2 shots on goal, and finished with 78% passing. This is 5th place Trabzonsor’s 11th game without a defeat.
Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Started and played 90 minutes for Schalke 04 u19’s 2-2 road draw against 4th place Bochum u19. Schalke 04 u19 retained 1st place in the Bundesliga u19 table.
Keaton Parks (DFW - Varzim/LigaPro, Portugal): Nothing has changed for Keaton Parks, who is now listed as “missing” for Varzim. It is said that Keaton has requested a release from his contract, due to “just cause”.
Keaton Parks has drawn interest from Portugal Second Division leaders Portominense, who are several points away from clinching promotion. Should Keaton gain his release, it is likely he would join Portominense as soon as permissible.
Omar Gonzales (DFW - Pachuca/Liga MX): No games were played in Liga MX this past weekend, due to a referee strike.
Hector Montalvo (AP - Tigres UANL/Liga MX): Did not suit up in Tigres u20 1-1 draw at Puebla u20 on Friday.
Richard Sanchez (FCD/AP - Tampico Madero(Loan)/Ascenso MX): Suited up, but did not play in Tampico’s 0-0 draw at Venados.
Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Guadalajara/Liga MX): Started for Chivas on Tuesday (March 7) night, in Copa MX action against Correcaminos. Played 57 minutes in Chivas PK victory over Correcaminos, following a 2-2 home draw.
Central America & South America
Moises Hernandez (FCD/AP - C.S.D. Comunicaciones/Guatemala): Started and played 90 minutes in Comunicaciones 1-1 draw at 6th place Malacateco on Wednesday, March 8th.
Started and played 90 minutes in the 2-1 road loss against 2nd place Coban Imperial.
Comunicaciones now finds itself in 10th place, just 1 point clear of last place.
Blas Perez (FCD - Club Blooming/Bolivia): Started and played 90 minutes as Club Blooming claimed a 3-2 road victory over Oriente Petrolero. The victory allowed Blooming to leapfrog Oriente Petrolero for 4th place.
Major League Soccer
Greg Garza (DFW - Atlanta United FC): Started and played 90 minutes in Atlanta United’s 6-1 dismantling of Minnesota United on the road, in what is now the coldest ever MLS game. Garza had 2 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 clearances, and got in on the scoring fun with this assist:
The victory is the first ever MLS win for expansion side Atlanta United FC. The victory places Atlanta in a tie for 3rd place in the MLS Eastern Conference.
Mikey Ambrose (AP - Atlanta United FC): Did not suit up in Atlanta’s 6-1 road victory over Minnesota United FC.
Jared Jeffrey (DFW - D.C. United): Started and played 57 minutes before being subbed out. At the time he was replaced, DC United was down 0-3 and Jeffrey was sporting a yellow card. DC United would go on to lose 0-4 at New York City FC.
Dillon Powers (DFW - Colorado Rapids): Started at Central Attacking Midfielder and played 72 minutes. Powers really struggled, completing only 52% of his passes in 25 attempts. Colorado lost 0-1 at the New York Red Bulls.
Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England Revolution): New England had a bye in Week 2.
London Woodberry (FCD/AP - New England Revolution): New England had a bye in Week 2.
USL & NASL (All teams currently in Preseason. Both Seasons begin 3/25/2017)
Corben Bone (DFW - Cincinnati FC)
Danny Garcia (FCD/AP - San Antonio FC)
Stephen McCarthy (DFW - San Antonio FC)
Devin Vega (AP - San Antonio FC)
Hunter Harrison (DFW - Tulsa Roughnecks)
Ruben Luna (FCD/AP - RGVFC Toros)
Chase Minter (DFW - Real Monarchs)
Conor Doyle (DFW - Puerto Rico FC)
Alex Molano (AP - North Carolina FC)
H: H. & A.’s “Match of the Week”:
Trabzonspor vs. Galatasaray, Saturday, March 18, at 5:00pm (CST) (TV: Bein Sports)
5th place Trabzonspor host 3rd place Galatasaray. Galatasaray is a long time Turkish Super Lig powerhouse and is considered one of the “Big 3” clubs in Turkey. They will pose a significant challenge to Trabzonspor’s 11 game unbeaten streak
Bonus “Match of the Week”:
San Antonio FC vs FC Dallas (Reserves) on Sunday, March 19 at 10 a.m.
The game marks the first ever meeting between FC Dallas and San Antonio FC. The match will take place on AdvoCare Field 1 at Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, TX and will be open to the public free of charge.
H: H. & A’s “Where are they now?”: Reagan Dunk
The former Lake Highlands High School player was drafted by Real Salt Lake, with their first pick in the 1st round (13th pick) of the MLS Super Draft. Dunk played for Solar Chelsea Academy before accepting a scholarship to play for Denver University.
On February 28th, Real Salt Lake announced that they had signed Reagan Dunk. Reagan has yet to suit up for Real Salt Lake in the first 2 weeks of the MLS Season, but RSL has been very high on him as a player long before they ever drafted him. Look for Dunk to see minutes once the US Open Cup rolls around, and it would not be surprising if he is loaned to RSL’s USL team the Real Monarchs prior to that.