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.
This week we add a former FCD Academy product to our list (Tejera). A perfect example of a player rising through the ranks, and drawing our attention.
Emerson Hyndman (AP - Rangers(Loan)/Scottish Premiership): Hyndman started at RM for Rangers, and played the full 90 minutes. Emerson started off the scoring with this sensational goal from a tough angle:
Emerson would put in a “Man of the Match” performance, as Rangers would go on to win 4-0 at home against Hamilton Academical.
Emerson Hyndman was voted the Scottish Premiere League “Player of the Month” in February. He has followed that with at least one goal or one assist in every game this month, as Rangers FC finds itself in 3rd place with a 4 game unbeaten streak.
Hyndman’s run of form has been so good, that he has been praised by opponents and fans alike, for being a difference maker the type Rangers FC has lacked for a long time. There is now a growing voice amongst Ranger FC fans, for the team to acquire Hyndman permanently. A tall order, as Rangers FC have financial difficulties that are well documented, and Bournemouth isn’t likely to part with him now. The best Rangers FC can hope for, is an extension of Hyndman’s loan.
Fabian Castillo (FCD - Trabzonspor/Super Lig): Started and played 64 minutes in Trabzonspor’s big 2-0 home win against Super Lig giants Galatasaray.
Castillo struggled most of the time he was on the field, with 63% passing, and only 1 dribble completed. It’s a good thing that he was involved in this set piece:
" Kral Dame N'doye'nin golü ve sonrasında yaşanan büyük sevinç. " pic.twitter.com/qZ5OXrgMSc— Furkan ATALAY (@Trapezpunta61) March 19, 2017
Dame N’doye scored on the rebound off that Castillo shot, which would be the game winning goal.
On St. Patrick’s day, Castillo found out he would not be getting called up to the Colombia National Team for the upcoming WC Qualifiers. It may have affected Castillo’s play the following day, but it did not stop him from helping Trabzonspor extend their unbeaten streak to 12 games. Trabzonspor remains in 5th place, but is now just 3 points behind 4th place Fehnerbace and a guaranteed spot in the Euro League, and 12 points out of the Champions League spot.
Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Schalke 04 u19 did not have a game this week.
Keaton Parks (DFW - Varzim/LigaPro, Portugal): Did not suit up in Varzim’s 1-0 road win against 1st place Portimonense. Still listed as missing.
Omar Gonzales (DFW - Pachuca/Liga MX): Started on Wednesday, March 15, and played the full 90 minutes in Pachucas 1-2 loss at FC Dallas in the 1st Leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals.
Started on Saturday and played the full 90 minutes. Pachuca lost 0-3 on the road against Queretaro.
Despite getting the “road goal” against FC Dallas in CCL play, Pachuca had a horrible week, losing back to back games after being on a 8 game unbeaten streak. Of greater concern, is the fact that Pachuca, which only allowed 5 goals in their first 9 games across all competitions, has now allowed 7 goals combined in their last 3 matches (2 of them losses). Pachuca now finds itself falling to 5th place in the Clausura Table.
Hector Montalvo (AP - Tigres UANL/Liga MX): Suited up but did not play in Tigres u20 0-3 loss at Cruz Azul u20 on Saturday night.
The loss drop Tigres u20 to 2nd place in the Liga MX u20 table.
Richard Sanchez (FCD/AP - Tampico Madero(Loan)/Ascenso MX): Suited up but did not play in Tampicos 2-1 home win against Celaya.
The win moves Tampico into 12th place of the Ascenso MX table.
Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Guadalajara/Liga MX): Suited up but did not play as Chivas won 3-2 at home against Juarez, Wednesday night in Copa MX action.
Did not suit up for Chivas in their 2-0 home win against Veracruz on Saturday night.
A great week for Chivas, as the Copa MX victory saw them advance to the Semifinals, while the Saturday victory kept them 1st place in the Clausura Table.
Diego De La Tejera (AP - Club Leon/Liga MX): The former FCD Academy player made his Liga MX debut on Saturday night as a late sub for Club Leon. Diego’s club was trailing by a goal, and were looking for a late spark at the time he was subbed in. Diego played out the last 4 minutes of regular time, plus added time, as Club Leon suffered a 2-3 home loss against Toluca.
Club Leon is in a horrible run of form at the moment, and sit dead last (#18) in the Clausura Table. Club Leon is in no danger of relegation, and can still qualify for the Liguilla (Playoffs), if they can get out of their current tail spin.
Central America & South America
Moises Hernandez (FCD/AP - C.S.D. Comunicaciones/Guatemala): Started and played 90 minutes as Comunicaciones won at home 2-0.
The win vaults Comunicaciones out of the cellar and into 8th place.
Blas Perez (FCD - Club Blooming/Bolivia): Perez started and played 90 minutes for Blooming. After starting strong with a 2-0 lead against San Jose, Blooming blew their lead and found themselves in a 2-2 draw, that’s when Super Raton did what he does best:
The score would not stand, as Blooming would give up the late score and have to settle for a 3-3 draw at home against San Jose. The result keeps Club Blooming tied for 3rd place, just 3 points behind the leaders.
Blas Perez has forced his way into the starting line-up since arriving at Club Blooming, and is said to have had a hand in all 3 of the goals scored in this last match. Helping Club Blooming into a position to challenge for a spot in next years Copa Libertadores.
Major League Soccer
The win is the expansion side’s 2nd in a row, and places the upstart franchise in a tie for 1st in the MLS Eastern Conference with a league leading 11 goals after only 3 games.
Mikey Ambrose (AP - Atlanta United FC): Did not suit up in the Atlanta United FC 4-0 victory over the visiting Chicago Fire.
Jared Jeffrey (DFW - D.C. United): Suited up but did not play in DC United’s 0-2 home loss against the Columbus Crew. The loss leaves DCU, 10th place in the MLS Eastern Conference.
Dillon Powers (DFW - Colorado Rapids): Suited up but did not play as the Rapids had to settle for a 2-2 home draw against expansion side Minnesota United FC. The draw sees the Rapids fall to 6th place in the MLS Western Conference.
Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England Revolution): Started out of position as the second forward in the 4-4-2 for New England. Nguyen had a solid game and scored on this PK:
It wasn’t enough, as FC Dallas would rally from a goal down to hand New England a 1-2 road loss. The loss keeps New England dead last (12th) in the MLS Eastern Conference.
London Woodberry (FCD/AP - New England Revolution): Woodberry suited up but did not play in the Revolution’s 1-2 loss at FC Dallas.
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”:
Rio Grande Valley vs. San Antonio FC - Sunday, March 26, 6:00pm on YouTube
The USL regular season kicks off next weekend and this match promises to have several players featured on here.
H. H. & A’s “Where are they now?”: Joselito Vaca
Who? You ask. Joselito Vaca is a former Dallas Burn player (2001-2003), and in fact was drafted by the Dallas Burn in the 2001 MLS Super Draft (5th overall). Joselito is a former MLS All-Star, who played RM back in the days when the Dallas Burn played in the Cotton Bowl, and even Dragon Stadium.
Today, Joselito is an every game starter for Club Blooming of Bolivia, and has been for the last four of his five years there. That’s right, he is the teammate of Blas Perez, and together have Club Blooming challenging to overtake the top spot in Bolivia.
Why aren’t we tracking him, you ask? Well, the answer is simple. This is Hoops Home & Abroad, not Burn Home & Abroad.