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It didn’t help that Rangers FC played Celtic back to back.

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.

Hyndman and Rangers FC were victimized by Celtic for the second week in a row, Omar Gonzalez won a CCL trophy with Pachuca, and Devin Vega and SAFC continued to roll.

Emerson Hyndman (DFW - Rangers FC, Loan): Hyndman started and played 57 minutes, in yet another rough outing, as Rangers received a one-sided 5-1 thrashing at home against Celtic.

Rangers have now suffered back to back defeats at the hands of their biggest rivals. The loss keeps Rangers FC in 3rd place.

Fabian Castillo (FCD - Trabzonspor/Super Lig): Suited up and came on in the 42 minute, as Trabzonspor had to settle for a 0-0 home draw against Genclerbirligi.

The draw keeps Trabzonspor in 5th place.

Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04 U19/ U19 Bundesliga): McKennie started and played 90 minutes in a huge game against 3rd place Bayer Leverkusen. The game was tied 1-1 with less than a minute of added time left, when this happened:

McKennie got the assist on the game winning goal by Benjamin Gollers.

The win vaults Schalke 04 back into first place in the U19 Bundesliga table. There is only one game left in the season, against the last place team on the table. A draw or a victory, will see Schalke 04 into the U19 Bundesliga Final Series.


Omar Gonzales (DFW - Pachuca/Liga MX) Gonzales started on Wednesday in the 2nd Leg of the Scotia Bank CONCACAF Champions League against Tigres UANL. Pachuca would go on to win 1-0 (2-1 on aggregate) at home against Tigres UANL.

The win sees Pachuca to it’s 5th CONCACAF Champions League Title across all formats, and will now see Los Tuzos to their 4th World Club Championships. Both are the the most by any Liga MX/CONCACAF team.

Gonzales started and played 90 minutes on Saturday, as Pachuca had to settle for a 2-2 draw at home against Cruz Azul.

The draw sees Pachuca fall to 10th place in the Clausura Table, with only one game left on the season.

Hector Montalvo (AP - Tigres UANL/Liga MX): Suited up but did not play as Tigres UANL Sub 20 lost 3-2 again Tijuana.

The loss means that Tigres UANL will be the 3rd seed in the Sub 20 Clausura playoffs, which starts next week against 6th seeded Club America.

Richard Sanchez (FCD/AP - Tampico Madero/Ascenso MX): With his season over, Sanchez is spending his offseason with Elite Performance Training in the DFW Metroplex. Even stopping by to say hello to some of his old teammates:

Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW - Monterrey/Liga MX): Did not suit up, due to yellow card accumulation. Monterrey lost 1-0 on the road against Veracruz.

The loss keeps Monterrey in 2nd place, just 1 point behind Tijuana, with one game left in the season.

Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Guadalajara/Liga MX): Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal off a header in the 36th minute, and Chivas Sub 20 went on to win 3-1.

With the victory, Chivas has secured the 7th seed in the Sub 20 Clausura Playoffs, where they will face 2nd seeded Monarcas de Morelia.

Central America & South America

Moises Hernandez (FCD/AP - C.S.D. Comunicaciones/Guatemala): Hernandez started and played 90 minutes, as Los Cremas had to settle for a disappointing 1-1 draw at last place Carcha.

The draw drops Comunicaciones to 4th place, with one game left on the schedule.

Blas Perez (FCD - Club Blooming/Bolivia): Super Raton started and played 90 minutes, as Blooming suffered a 3-0 loss at home against Oriente Petrolero.

The loss drops Club Blooming to 5th place.

Major League Soccer

Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England Revolution): Lee started and played 77 minutes, getting one assist on the night. It was a wild wild game, that saw New England blow a 3-0 lead against the Seattle Sounders. New England would leave town with a 3-3 draw.

The draw leaves the Revolution 9th place in the Eastern Conference.

Greg Garza (DFW - Atlanta United FC): Greg Garza started and played 90 minutes as Atlanta United FC suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of visiting DC United FC.

The loss sees Atlanta United drop to 6th place in the Eastern Conference.

Jared Jeffrey (DFW - D.C. United): Jarred started and played 90 minutes against Atlanta United FC. Jeffrey put in a solid shift on defense, with five tackles, five Interceptions, and one clearance in helping stifle the vaunted AUFC attack in a 3-1 road victory for DC United.

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

Dillon Powers (DFW - Colorado Rapids): Powers started and played 90 minutes. He looked really good on defense, but it was on the offensive side that Colorado has been lacking, and Powers was of little help there. The Rapids lost 2-0 at Orlando City FC.

The loss keeps Colorado last place in the Western Conference, and they are now tied for the worst record in MLS.

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

Corben Bone (DFW - Cincinnati FC): Started and played 90 minutes, as Cincinnati FC lost 1-0 at Bethlehem Steel FC.

The loss sees Cincinnati FC drop to 7th place in the Eastern Conference.

Devin Vega (AP - San Antonio FC): Suited up and came in to finish the game off in the 88th minute. At the time Vega entered the game, SAFC was leading Portland Timbers II 2-0, but 2 minutes later Vega had an assist on a Zachary Herivaux goal, and SAFC would tally another goal a minute later. San Antonio FC won 4-0 at Portland Timbers II.

The win ended a three-game undefeated run through Cascadia, that sees SAFC sitting atop the Western Conference, as just one of two undefeated teams left in the USL.

Stephen McCarthy (DFW - San Antonio FC): McCarthy started and played 90 minutes in SAFC’s 4-0 rout at Portland Timbers II.

Ruben Luna (FCD/AP - RGVFC Toros): Suited up and came on in the 82nd minute, as RGVFC won 3-0 at home against OKC Energy FC.

The win moves RGVFC into 4th place in the Western Conference.

Chase Minter (DFW - Real Monarchs): Suited up, but did not play, as Real Monarchs won 2-1 at home against Swope Park Rangers.

The victory sees Real Monarchs SLC to 2nd place in the Western Conference, with the second best point total in the USL.

Conor Doyle (DFW - Puerto Rico FC): Doyle started and played 90 minutes as Puerto Rico FC lost their first home match 1-0 to North Carolina FC.

H. H. & A.’s “Match of the Week”: San Antonio FC vs. Sacramento Republic, Saturday 7:30pm CST, YouTube.

A showdown between 2 teams with MLS asspirations, sees Western Conference 3rd place team Sacramento Republic, try and derail the high flying undefeated SAFC squad that has as many goals (19 goals) as points earned (19 points) in 7 games played so far.

H.H.&A.’s “Where are they now?”: Eric Avila

Avila is a former Generation Adidas & USMNT U17 player, having been drafted in the 2nd round (19th pick) by FC Dallas in the 2008 MLS Super Draft. Avila played from 2008 to 2011 with FC Dallas, and is best remembered for scoring the winning goal in the 88th minute to give Dallas a win over Real Salt Lake in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals during the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs, , helping the Hoops win the series, 3–2, on aggregate as FC Dallas made its first-ever MLS Cup appearance.

Since his days playing for FCD, Avila has bounced around MLS, playing for Toronto FC, Chivas USA, and Orlando City FC, before spending last season with the then NASL Tampa Bay Rowdies. The Rowdies did not extend his contract, and he was without a team until this past weekend:

Avila will be joining the Didier Drogba led Pheonix Rising FC, and will likely be added to our coverage, as soon as he sees minutes on the field.