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.
It was a strange week for the previously red hot Emerson Hyndman. We also catch up with a set of twins with DFW connections.
Emerson Hyndman (AP - Rangers(Loan)/Scottish Premiership): Emerson Hyndman started and played 90 minutes. It was a very strange game, as Rangers fell behind early 0-1 to Motherwell, three of the starting defenders were substituted out after halftime! So Rangers FC played the second half with just one defender, as all three subs were offensive players.
It was a disjointed mess, and nobody can really say what formation Rangers FC were playing, not even the players. Not surprisingly, Hyndman had one of his worst games at Rangers FC. Rangers did manage to rally for a 1-1 draw at home against Motherwell, and stay third place, but nobody is happy with the result.
A strange game, was followed by strange news:
Celtic plot sensational swoop for on-loan Rangers star Emerson Hyndman https://t.co/ViPLf7wgMg— Sunday Mail Sport (@SundayMailSport) April 2, 2017
April Fool’s joke? Maybe, but it is very possible, as this is a move that is very in line with something Celtic would do, and they have the financial muscle to outbid Rangers FC.
Fabian Castillo (FCD - Trabzonspor/Super Lig): Started and played 66 minutes. Trabzonspor won on the road 1-0 against Rizespor.
The win is the fourth in a row for Trabzonspor, who now stretch their unbeaten streak to 13 games, and have not lost a match yet in 2017. With the win Trabzonspor remains in fifth place, just 2 points behind Galatasaray for the fourth spot.
Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Started and played 90 minutes, as Schalke 04 U19 won 3-1 at Viktoria Kohn U19. McKennie had an assist, on a beautiful cross into the box:
The win keeps Schalke 04 atop the Bundesliga uU19 table.
Keaton Parks (AP - Unattached): Still in soccer limbo due to the ongoing dispute with Portugal D2 club Varzim, Parks got some good news this week. Parks received a call-up to the USMNT U20 by head coach Tab Ramos, and joined 24 other players April 3-10, as they train in London, England.
This is Park’s first call-up to the U20’s, and he is listed as a defender, even though he mostly plays as a defensive midfielder. This is also the USMNT U20’s first International camp of the year, giving Ramos a chance to take a long look at mostly European based players.
Omar Gonzales (DFW - Pachuca/Liga MX): Started and played 90 minutes, as Pachuca struggled to a 0-0 home draw against Puebla.
Pachuca failed to generate any offense, and now only has one goal scored in their last three matches. The draw sees Pachuca drop one spot to sixth place in the Clausura table. On the bright side, Pachuca got their first clean sheet, after having allowed seven goals in the previous three matches.
Hector Montalvo (AP - Tigres UANL/Liga MX): Suited up but did not play as Tigres U20 lost 0-1 at Leon U20. The loss drops Tigres U20 to second on the Liga MX sub20 Clausura table.
Richard Sanchez (FCD/AP - Tampico Madero(Loan)/Ascenso MX): Suited up but did not play in a 1-1 Tampico home draw against Cafetaleros. Tampico is currently 12th in the Ascenso MX Clausura table.
Diego De La Tejera (AP - Club Leon/Liga MX): Did not suit up as Leon pulled of a road upset, defeating Tigres UANL 1-0. Leon remains last place (18th) in the Clausura table.
Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW - Monterrey/Liga MX): Started and played 90 minutes as Monterrey suffered a 0-1 defeat at America. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak, and dropped Monterrey to third place in the Clausura table.
Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Guadalajara/Liga MX): Zendejas started for Chivas U20 at Forward. Zendejas played the full 90 minutes, as Chivas lost 0-2 at Monarchas u20.
Chivas U20 falls to 11th place of the Liga MX sub20 Clausura table.
Central America & South America
Moises Hernandez (FCD/AP - C.S.D. Comunicaciones/Guatemala): Started Wednesday at home against Xelaju. Moises picked up a right knee injury in the 37th minute and had to be substituted out. He was able to walk off the field, but no report on the severity of his injury. Comunicaciones was leading 2-1 at the time of the injury, but had to settle for a 2-2 draw.
Did not suit up Sunday against Marquense, due to injury. Comunicaciones would go on to win 2-1 on the road. The victory now finds “Los Cremas” in third place.
Blas Perez (FCD - Club Blooming/Bolivia): Perez suffered a thigh injury during a training session with the Panamanian National Team last week. The injury while not severe, was bad enough to force Perez out of Panama’s gameplans last week, and miss this week’s game for Blooming.
Did not suit up, as Blooming would go on to win on the road 4-2 against P. Yacuiba on Friday. The win vaults Blooming into a tie for 2nd place, just 2 points behind the leaders.
Major League Soccer
GOAL: Lee Nguyen equalizes late in the game https://t.co/nI4nxjVxyk— MLSFantasy (@MLSFantasy17) April 3, 2017
Lee would finish with a goal on the night, and the Revolution would leave Portland with a 1-1 draw.
Greg Garza (DFW - Atlanta United FC): Greg Garza started and played 90 minutes, helping Atlanta United FC achieve it’s second clean sheet in a row, and leaving Seattle with a 0-0 draw.
Jared Jeffrey (DFW - D.C. United): Suited up and came into the game with one minute left in regulation and four minutes added time, to help DC United hold on for a 2-1 home victory against the Philadelphia Union.
Dillon Powers (DFW - Colorado Rapids): Game vs. FC Dallas rescheduled.
USL & NASL
Mikey Ambrose (AP - Charleston Battery(Loan): Started and played 90 minutes helping the Battery maintain a clean sheet in their 2-0 road win versus the Charlotte Independence.
Corben Bone (DFW - Cincinnati FC): Suited up and came into the game with one minute remaining in regulation and three minutes added time. Cincinnati FC would go on to win 1-0 on the road against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
Stephen McCarthy (DFW - San Antonio FC): Started and played 74 minutes, earning a yellow card in the 18th minute. San Antonio FC defeated visiting LAG III by a tally of 3-0.
Devin Vega (AP - San Antonio FC): Suited up but did not play in San Antonio FCs 3-0 home win against LAG II.
Ruben Luna (FCD/AP - RGVFC Toros): Started and played 73 minutes, in which he had three shots/ two shots on target, with a 85.7% passing accuracy. The Toros would go on to lose 0-1 at Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
Chase Minter (DFW - Real Monarchs): Started at LM and played 60 minutes. He had one shot on goal/one shot on target, but struggled to connect with his passes (57.9%). Real Monarchs won at home 2-0 against Pheonix Rising FC
Conor Doyle (DFW - Puerto Rico FC): Started and played 90 minutes, scoring one goal, to help PRFC rally from a 0-2 deficit and earn a 3-3 road draw against Indy Eleven.
H. H. & A.’s “Match of the Week”: Trabzonspor vs. Besiktas, Saturday April 8, 11am (CST)
A massive game takes place on Saturday, as first place Besiktas looks to cool off the hottest team in the Super Lig. Besiktas currently has a five point lead on the second place team, and a victory by Trabzonspor at home, would certainly drop Besiktas back to the pack, and force a sprint to the finish in the final two months between five teams all jockeying for positions in the Champions and Europa Leagues. Only the top four teams are guaranteed spots (two spots in CL/two spots in EL), due to the fifth spot (EL) going to the Turkish Cup winner, which has four teams remaining that are not in contention at the top.
H. H. & A’s “Where are they now?”: Ramiro Funes Mori
For those of you that don’t know him, Ramiro Funes Mori lived in DFW and attended Arlington High School back before the existence of the FC Dallas Academy. At the age of 16, he competed in the 2008 Sueño MLS competition which was won by his twin brother Rogelio. Both brothers joined the FCD youth team, but moved back to Argentina to pursue a professional career, impressing in tryouts and both signing with River Platte.
Today, Ramiro is a regular starter for English Premiere League side Everton, and a regular call-up for the Argentina National Team. Ramiro started for Argentina last week against Bolivia, and this happened:
Ramiro was ruled out for the rest of the season with Everton, as Funes Mori suffered a Meniscus ligament damage in the left knee, and underwent a successful surgery this Tuesday.