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.
Alejandro Zendejas saw his first Liga MX action of 2017, Super Raton returned from injury in a big way, and Devin Vega was finally given the keys to the car!
Emerson Hyndman (AP - Rangers(Loan)/Scottish Premiership): Emerson Hyndman started and played 70 minutes, in what was a rough day, for him and his team. Rangers played at Celtic in the Scottish Cup Semifinals, and were bounced out with a 2-0 loss.
Fabian Castillo (FCD - Trabzonspor/Super Lig): Suited up and came on in the 70th minute, by which time, the game was practically over, as Trabzonspor was leading 3-0. Trabzonspor would go on to win 3-0 at Antalyaspor.
The win keeps Trabzonspor in 5th place, only 2 points behind Galatasaray and a guaranteed Europa League spot.
The win turned out to be bigger than anticipated, as it turns out that two teams ahead of Trabzonspor, are still in the Turkish Cup. Should Fehnerbac or Istanbul B win the Turkish Cup, the 5th place team would also go to the Europa League. The win puts four points between Trabzonspor and the 6th place team (Antalyaspor)
Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Weston started and played 90 minutes, as Schalke 04 U19s lost 2-0 at Rot-Weiss Essen U19s.
The loss is the second in a row for Schalke 04 U19s, and drops them to 3rd place.
Omar Gonzales (DFW - Pachuca/Liga MX): Started on Tuesday, and played 90 minutes in the 1st Leg of the Scotia Bank CONCACAF Champions League. Pachuca got a favorable result on the road, as they got the all important road goal, and finished with a 1-1 draw at Tigres UANL.
Did not suit up on Saturday, as Pachuca rested many of their starters in a 1-0 loss on the road to Atlas.
The loss keeps Pachuca in 8th place.
Hector Montalvo (AP - Tigres UANL/Liga MX): Hector started for Tigres UANL Sub 20, on Saturday night. Hector played at Left Back for the entirety of the match, and notched his teams only goal. It was not enough, as Tigres UANL Sub 20 would lose 3-1 at Monterrey Rayados Sub 20.
The loss drops Tigres UANL Sub 20 to 3rd place.
Richard Sanchez (FCD/AP - Tampico Madero(Loan)/Ascenso MX): Season is over. Tampico did not qualify for the Ascenso MX Clausura Quarterfinals. Having finished the Clausura in 10th place.
Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW - Monterrey/Liga MX): Started and Played 90 minutes. He didn’t score, but did pick up a yellow card in the 52nd minute. Monterrey won at home 1-0 over visiting Pachuca.
The win keeps Monterrey in 2nd place, just one point behind Tijuana.
Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Guadalajara/Liga MX): Alejandro suited up for Chivas de Guadalajara on Saturday, and come on in the 62nd minute, as they were two goals down and only had ten men on the field due to a 25th minute red card. Alejandro played well, and Chivas got one back, but would eventually fall 2-1 at Cruz Azul.
The loss sees Chivas drop to 4th in the Clausura Table.
Chivas rested some of their starters due to their Wednesday victory in the Copa MX Final, that will see Zendejas and Chivas into the 2018 Scotia Bank CONCACAF Champions League.
Central America & South America
Moises Hernandez (FCD/AP - C.S.D. Comunicaciones/Guatemala): Moises started and Played 90 minutes. Comunicaciones played in some sweltering conditions, and had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Mictlan.
The draw keep Comunicaciones in 3rd place.
Blas Perez (FCD - Club Blooming/Bolivia): Super Raton finally returned from injury, and got the start on Sunday. It didn’t take long for Perez to announce his return:
Super Raton scored the first goal 23 minutes into what would become a wild shootout, with both teams combining to score five goals past the 75th minute, and the deciding goal was not tallied until a minute left in regulation. Blooming would win a thriller on the road 4-3 against Sport Boys.
The victory sees Club Blooming take sole possession of 2nd place, just six points behind Bolivar. There are five games left in the season, and Blooming will be at Bolivar in the final game of the season.
Major League Soccer
Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England Revolution): Lee started and played 75 minutes. Lee got New England on the scoreboard first:
Lee scored just five minutes in, and had a Man of the Match performance, with the goal, five successful crosses, four key passes, two corners won, and he handled all seven corners, getting four of them into the box. Still, New England had to settle for a 2-2 home draw against DC United.
The Draw sees the Revolution drop to 8th place in the Eastern Conference.
Greg Garza (DFW - Atlanta United FC): Greg Garza started and played 90 minutes. Garza was shaky for parts of the game, he particularly struggled in the air, only winning two out of five aerial duels. It mattered not, as Atlanta United FC would go on to post an impressive 3-1 road victory at Real Salt Lake.
The win sees the expansion side jump to 4th place in the Eastern Conference.
Mikey Ambrose (AP - Atlanta United FC): Did not suit up in Atlanta United FC’s 3-1 win at RSL.
Jared Jeffrey (DFW - D.C. United): Jarred started and played 90 minutes. DC United found itself down early, but Jeffrey helped level things up:
Jared’s first goal of the season, would help his team leave New England with a 2-2 draw.
The draw sees DC United drop to 7th place in the Eastern Conference.
Dillon Powers (DFW - Colorado Rapids): Powers started on Sunday and played 90 minutes. While Powers had a solid game, his team did not, and the Rapids lost on the road 1-0 to expansion side Minnesota United FC
The loss sees Colorado stay 11th place in the Western Conference, and the second worst record in MLS.
USL & NASL (All USL Games are available for replay on USL YouTube)
Corben Bone (DFW - Cincinnati FC): Started on Wednesday and played 90 minutes. Cincinnati FC would have to settle for a 1-1 home draw against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Cincinnati FC played the last 15 minutes of the match, a man down.
Started on Saturday and played 90 minutes. Cincinnati FC had to settle for a 1-1 home draw against rivals Louisville FC.
Devin Vega (AP - San Antonio FC): Devin Vega got his first USL start on Saturday and played 90 minutes at CAM in the 4-2-3-1. Devin got to pull the strings for his team, he was solid but unspectacular in leading SAFC to a 2-1 win at Vancouver FC II.
Suited up yesterday and came on at the start of the second half, with SAFC holding a 2-1 lead. Devin would put an exclamation mark on what has been a great week for him:
Vega's 1st Pro goal would be the game winner, as SAFC won 3-2 at Seattle Sounders II.
The 2 wins keep San Antonio FC undefeated and 1st place in the Western Conference. SAFC also have the best record in the USL, the highest scoring offense, and the greatest goal differential.
Stephen McCarthy (DFW - San Antonio FC): McCarthy started and played 90 minutes on Saturday, as SAFC won 2-1 at Vancouver FC II.
Did not suit up yesterday, as SAFC won 3-2 at Seattle Sounders FC II.
Ruben Luna (FCD/AP - RGVFC Toros): Started but did not score, as RGVFC lost 1-0 to the visiting Tulsa Roughnecks.
Chase Minter (DFW - Real Monarchs): Suited up and came on in the 83rd minute, as Real Monarchs SLC won 3-1 at Seattle Sounders II.
Conor Doyle (DFW - Puerto Rico FC): Started and played 90 minutes as Puerto Rico FC lost 2-1 at FC Edmonton.
H. H. & A.’s “Match of the Week”: Pachuca vs. Tigres UANL
The CONCACAF Champions League final takes place tonight. Pachuca has not lost at home in over a year and a half, and are tied 1-1, but have the all important road goal heading into the 2nd leg.