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Hoops Home & Abroad: Devin Vega makes his USL debut

The much hyped former FCD Academy player, finally got his chance.

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.

Former FCD Academy star Devin Vega, finally saw some action for San Antonio FC. On the International side, Castillo had a big day, in a big game. Also, former FCD Academy players saw action in the Dallas Cup.


Europe

Emerson Hyndman (AP - Rangers(Loan)/Scottish Premiership): Emerson Hyndman started and played 53 minutes, as Rangers FC got a big road win against 2nd place Aberdeen.

The victory keeps Rangers FC in 3rd place.

Fabian Castillo (FCD - Trabzonspor/Super Lig): Started and played 90 minutes in a huge game against 1st place Besiktas. Besiktas would come out on fire and quickly take a 2-1 lead. Castillo would then work his magic:

His goal would tie the game up, and just two minutes later, Castillo would do this:

That corner kick would be converted into a goal, and a 3-2 lead for Trabzonspor. Unfortunately for Castillo and his team, Besiktas would rally in the final minutes and Canadian legend Atiba Hutchinson would score on a header in added time for the victory. Trabzonspor lost its 1st game of 2017, 4-3 at home against Besiktas.

The loss ends a 13-game unbeaten streak, and keeps Trabzonspor in 5th place, four points out of the Euro League qualification spot.

Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Started and played 90 minutes for Schalke 04 U19s. Schalke lost 3-2 at home against Koln U19.

The loss drops Schalke 04 U19s to 2nd place.

Keaton Parks (AP - Unattached): Spent last week training with the USMNT U20 team in London, England.


Mexico

Omar Gonzales (DFW - Pachuca/Liga MX): Started and played 80 minutes as Pachuca lost to Santos Laguna 1-0 on the road.

The loss drops Los Tuzos to 8th place.

Hector Montalvo (AP - Tigres UANL/Liga MX): Montalvo travelled with the Tigres UANL U19s, as they participate in Dallas Cup 2017. Montalvo started at RB against Eintratcht Frankfurt. Tigres UANL would go on to win 2-1 on Monday.

Richard Sanchez (FCD/AP - Tampico Madero(Loan)/Ascenso MX): Suited up but did not play in Tampico Madero’s 2-0 victory at Universidad Guadalajara

Diego De La Tejera (AP - Club Leon/Liga MX): Did not suit up in Leon’s 4-0 home victory against Veracruz

The win moves Leon up to 14th place.

Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW - Monterrey/Liga MX): Started and Played 90 minutes. Rogelio struck in the 35th minute:

Monterrey Rayados would go on to win 4-1 at home against Chiapas.

With the victory, Rayados jump into 3rd place of the Liga MX Clausura Table.

Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Guadalajara/Liga MX): Zendejas travelled with the Chivas U19s, as they participate in Dallas Cup 2017. Zendejas started for Chivas U19 against Manchester United FC U19 on Monday. Zendejas scored one goal off a corner kick, and Chivas went on to crush Man U 4-1.


Central America & South America

Moises Hernandez (FCD/AP - C.S.D. Comunicaciones/Guatemala): Returned from injury and started, playing 90 minutes in Los Cremas home draw against Antigua GFC.

The draw moves Comunicaciones into 4th place.

Blas Perez (FCD - Club Blooming/Bolivia): Did not suit up due to injury, as Club Blooming would go on to win 3-1 at home against Real Potosi.

The win keeps Club Blooming in 3rd place.


Major League Soccer

Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England Revolution): Started at CAM and played 89 minutes. The Revolution won 2-0 at home against the Houston Dynamo.

The win moves New England up to 5th place in the Eastern Conference.

Greg Garza (DFW - Atlanta United FC): Greg Garza started and played 90 minutes, as Atlanta United FC achieved an impressive 2-2 draw in Toronto.

With the win, the expansion side finds itself 3rd place in the Eastern Conference.

Jared Jeffrey (DFW - D.C. United): Started and played 90 minutes as DC United defeated New York City FC 2-1 at home.

The win moves DCU to 8th place in the Eastern Conference.

Dillon Powers (DFW - Colorado Rapids): Suited up and came into the game in the 73rd minute. Colorado Rapids would end up losing 3-1 at Sporting Kansas City.


USL & NASL

Mikey Ambrose (AP - Charleston Battery (Loan): Started and played 90 minutes as the Charleston Battery lost at home 2-1 against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Corben Bone (DFW - Cincinnati FC): Suited up but did not play, as FC Cincinnati lost 2-0 on the road against Bethlehem Steel FC

Stephen McCarthy (DFW - San Antonio FC): Started and played 83 minutes, receiving a yellow card in the 69th minute. SAFC drew 1-1 at home against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

Devin Vega (AP - San Antonio FC): Suited up and with SAFC trailing 1-0, was subbed in at the 61st minute. SAFC would go on to tie the game and salvage a 1-1 home draw against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

Ruben Luna (FCD/AP - RGVFC Toros): Started and played 73 minutes. Before being subbed out, Luna did this:

The PK would be the game winner, as RGVFC would hold on to win 1-0 on the road against Oklahoma City Energy FC, in a game that saw both teams lose a player to Red Cards.

Chase Minter (DFW - Real Monarchs SLC): Started and played only 45 minutes, mostly due to Real Monarchs being up 4-1 at the half. Chase would open up the scoring floodgates with his goal only 14 minutes in. This would turn into a wild game, that was not decided until the final minutes, as Real Monarchs scored an added-time goal to stave off a furious rally, in a 5-3 victory at home against the expansion side Reno 1868 FC

Conor Doyle (DFW - Puerto Rico FC): Started and played 90 minutes as PRFC would get a 1-1 home draw against Indy Eleven.


H. H. & A.’s “Match of the Week”: Santos Laguna vs. Monterrey, Wednesday 7:30pm CST

This is a huge midweek showdown between 3rd place Rayados, and 5th place Santos Laguna. Both teams are coming off big wins this weekend, and both teams have opponents this coming weekend.


H. H. & A’s “Where are they now?”: Arturo Alvarez

Arturo Alvarez is a midfielder who used to play for FC Dallas from 2005 to 2008, back in the days when Toyota Stadium used to be known as Pizza Hut Park.

In January 2005 Alvarez was traded by San Jose with Richard Mulrooney and the #6 and #29 picks in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft to FC Dallas in exchange for Brad Davis, cash, and the #4 pick in the 2005 SuperDraft.

He is perhaps best remembered for his actions in 2007. During the 2007 MLS Cup Playoffs, in the second leg of FC Dallas' Conference semifinal match with the Houston Dynamo, Alvarez was sent off for "violent conduct" after he kneed Brad Davis in the groin while out of bounds in the forty-seventh minute. Dallas went on to lose the tie 4–1, and the match 4–2 on aggregate.

Arturo Alvarez is currently a key reserve for the Chicago Fire, where he has played for the last 2 years.