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McKennie continues his ascent

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.

Weston McKennie continues to shine in Germany, Blas has an up and down week, and a couple of players squared off with their seasons on the line.

Europe

Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): The week started off on high note for McKennie, as Schalke 04 made the following official announcement:

McKennie finished his Schalke 04 U19 stint with four goals and three assists, while wearing the Captain’s band all season for the 2nd place finisher. Weston and two others were promoted to the senior team for next season, including fellow American Haji Wright.

Schalke 04 Sporting Director Christian Heidel: “They belong in the first-team next year. They deserve it. Their presence also means we have more options for our final game of the season against Ingolstadt. We already knew McKennie was ready for the Bundesliga. With [Haji] Wright, we weren’t totally convinced in the winter, but he has progressed a lot in the second half of the season.”

McKennie suited up on Saturday against now relegated Ingolstadt. McKennie made his official Bundesliga debut in the 77th minute, with Schalke 04 down to ten men and nursing a 1-1 draw. McKennie would help Die Knappen (The Miners) hold on for a 1-1 draw on the road.

Weston McKennie became the ninth American to play in the Bundesliga this season, a record number. With the draw, Schalke 04 finishes the season in 10th place. Their next match will be a club friendly on August 5th against Crystal Palace.

Fabian Castillo (FCD - Trabzonspor/Super Lig): Castillo started on Sunday as the Left Forward in a 4-3-3 formation against second place Istanbul B.

Castillo played 89 minutes, and was one of the few bright spots for Trabzonspor, having a MOTM performance as Trabzonspor got a 0-0 draw at home.

The draw drops Trabzonspor to 6th place, two points behind Antalyaspor for the likely final Euro League spot.

David Texeira (FCD - Vitoria Guimaraes/Primeira Liga): Texeira suited up and came on in the 88th minute with Vitoria Guimaraes looking for a spark while trailing 1-0. Vitoria Guimaraes would go on to lose at home 1-0 to Feirense.

The loss does little to affect their standing, as they are locked in to a 4th place finish with one game left in the season, and will see Euro League action next season.

Mexico

Hector Montalvo (AP - Tigres UANL/Liga MX): Hector started and played 90 minutes on Wednesday, in the 1st leg of the Clausura Sub 20 Semifinals. Tigres UANL would go on to lose 1-0 at Guadalajara.

Hector started and played 90 minutes in the 2nd leg against Guadalajara. It was not to be, as Tigres UANL was defeated 1-0 at home by Chivas.

The loss means Tigres UANL Sub 20 has now concluded it’s season.

Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Guadalajara/Liga MX): Zendejas started and played 87 minutes on Wednesday, in the 1st leg of the Clausura Sub 20 Semifinals. Guadalajara would go on to win 1-0 at home.

Zendejas did not suit up on Saturday, as Guadalajara advanced to the Final, with a 1-0 road victory against Tigres UANL.

Central America & South America

Blas Perez (FCD - Club Blooming/Bolivia): Super Raton started and received 2 yellows in quick succession, leaving Blooming one man short just 15 minutes into the match. Blooming would go on to lose 1-0 at Nacional Potosi.

The loss keeps Blooming in 4th place.

It wasn’t all bad news for Super Raton, as Club Blooming announced on the 18th, that the club and Perez had reached a deal that would see him return for next season. Perez had gone three months without pay before this week.

Major League Soccer

Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England Revolution): Lee started and played 88 minutes in the Revolutions’s 2-1 home win against the Columbus Crew. Lee did not score or gain an assist, but he was involved in the equalizer:

The victory is the 4th home win for New England, who are now undefeated at home in six matches. The win sees The Revs still 8th place in the Eastern Conference.

Greg Garza (DFW - Atlanta United FC): Garza started and played 90 minutes in Atlanta United’s resounding 4-1 home win against Houston.

The win keeps AUFC 9th place in the Eastern Conference.

Jared Jeffrey (DFW - D.C. United): Jeffrey started and played 90 minutes. Jeffrey struggled and so did the rest of the team, in a 1-0 home loss against the Chicago Fire.

With the loss, DCU finds itself dead last in the Eastern Conference standings.

Dillon Powers (DFW - Colorado Rapids): Started Wednesday at the Chicago Fire, playing 67 minutes in a 3-0 loss

Powers suited up and came on in the 81st minute with Colorado looking for the equalizer. It was not to be, as Colorado lost 2-1 at the Philadelphia Union.

The two losses combine to keep Colorado dead last in the Western Conference, with the worst record in MLS.

USL & NASL (All USL Games are available for replay on USL YouTube)

Corben Bone (DFW - Cincinnati FC): Corben suited up on Tuesday against NPSL side AFC Cleveland in US Upen action. Bone came on in the 63rd minutes of a match that would go into extra time before Cincinnati FC scored in the 2nd extra time to win 1-0. The victory sees Cincinnati FC advance to the next round of the US Open Cup, where they will meet hated rivals Louisville FC.

Bone started and played 90 minutes against Bethlehem Steele. Bone had a fine game with 79.1% completion rate on 43 passes, ad Cincinnati FC won 2-1 at home.

With the win, Cincinnati is now 6th place in the Eastern Conference.

Devin Vega (AP - San Antonio FC): Suited up on the 17th in US Open Cup action, as San Antonio FC hosted NPSL side Dutch Lions. Vega would come on in the 75th minute of a tense close match. SAFC won 2-1 to advance to the next round, where they will travel on May 31st to face fellow USL side Tulsa Roughnecks FC.

Devin started Saturday at home against Pheonix Rising FC. Vega would play 84 minutes, in SAFC’s 1-0 victory.

The victory makes San Antonio FC the lone undefeated club in North America, and sitting 1st place in the Western Conference with the best record in the USL.

Stephen McCarthy (DFW - San Antonio FC): Did not suit up on Tuesday, in SAFC’s 2-1 victory against the Dutch Lions.

McCarthy started and played 90 minutes in SAFC’s 1-0 victory against the Pheonix Rising FC.

Ruben Luna (FCD/AP - RGVFC Toros): Suited up and come on in the 73rd minutes. RGVFC would get a 1-1 home draw against LA Galaxy II.

The draw sees RGVFC remain 3rd place in the Western Conference

Conor Doyle (DFW - Puerto Rico FC): Doyle started and played 90 minutes in Puerto Rico’s 2-1 home loss to North Carolina FC.

With the loss, Puerto Rico FC finds itself dead last in the NASL.

H. H. & A.’s “Match of the Week”: Fenerbahçe vs. Trabzonspor

Saturday, Trabzonspor faces the 3rd place team in desperate need of a win. Trabzonspor has two games left to retake the 5th place spot, and a chance at the Euro League, while their opponent needs to hold off Galatasaray for the final Champions League spot.