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Zendejas claimed a championship, but he wasn’t alone.

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 good week to be a former player for the FCD Academy, a former FCD player got his first start of the season, and Castillo’s team fails to deliver.


Europe

Fabian Castillo (FCD - Trabzonspor/Super Lig): Castillo started and played 81 minutes in a must win match at Fenerbahce. Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce played a rough and gritty match that featured nine yellows, including one for Castillo. The game would end in a 1-1 draw, and all but assured that Trabzonspor would finish 6th place this season, one place out of the final Euro League spot. Trabzonspor has one match remaining, but their position on the table is secured.

David Texeira (FCD - Vitoria Guimaraes/Primeira Liga): Texeira suited up for Vitoria Guimaraes in the Taça de Portugal (Portuguese Cup) against Portuguese powerhouse Benfica, and came on in the 57th minute with his team trailing by two goals, and looking for a spark off the bench. Vitoria Guimaraes got one of those back, but it was not enough, as Benfica won the cup with a 2-1 scoreline. This concludes Vitoria Guimaraes season.

Mexico

Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Guadalajara/Liga MX): Zendejas started on Wednesday in the away leg of the Sub 20 Final against Club America. Zendejas would be the hero that day:

Alejandro would end up scoring the winning goal, in a 2-1 victory for Chivas.

Zendejas also got the start in the home leg against Club America, playing 63 minutes, as Chivas de Guadalajara were crowned Sub 20 champions! Chivas and America played to a 1-1 draw, giving Chivas a 3-2 aggregate victory at home.

This concludes a season that has seen Zendejas star grow. All expectations are that Zendejas will join the 1st team on a full time basis next season.

Central America & South America

Blas Perez (FCD - Club Blooming/Bolivia): Blas did not play Friday at Bolivian powerhouse Club Bolivar, due to his red card the previous week. Blooming would suffer a 5-0 loss at Bolivar. The loss is the 3rd in a row for Blooming, all three on the road, and by a combined 9-1 scoreline. Blooming will have the next couple of weeks off to lick their wounds, before returning to action.

Major League Soccer

Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England Revolution): Lee Nguyen started and played 90 minutes for the Revs against the New York Redbulls. Early in the game, teammate Diego Fagundez would be fouled inside the box, and Lee would step up to take the ensuing PK:

Lee’s goal in the 9th minute, would give New England the early lead on the road. The Red Bulls would have none of it, as they rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Revs.

The loss drops New England to 9th place in the Eastern Conference.

Greg Garza (DFW - Atlanta United FC): Garza started and played 90 minutes as AUFC hosted New York City FC. Garza would have a solid night, with three Interceptions, two Tackles Won, two Clearances, and one Headed Clearance. Atlanta would go on to a 3-1 victory over NYCFC.

The victory sees AUFC climb up to 7th in the Eastern Conference.

Jared Jeffrey (DFW - D.C. United): Jeffrey started and played 90 minutes against Vancouver. While Jeffrey did not feature on the scoreline, he still managed to have one of his best games this season, with four Interceptions, three Clearances Headed, two Clearances, two Tackles Won, six Long Passes, and four Passes Completed in the Attacking 3rd.

DC United would get a much needed 1-0 victory. The win moved DCU out of the cellar, and into 10th place in the Eastern Conference.

Dillon Powers (DFW - Colorado Rapids): Powers started and played 90 minutes as the Rapids hosted Sporting Kansas City. Dillon had a miserable offensive showing, but helped out on the defensive end, enough for Colorado to claim a 1-0 victory over the Western Conference leaders.

Even with the victory, Colorado still sits 11th place 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 - FC Cincinnati): Bone started and played 90 minutes as FC Cincinnati hosted Toronto FC II. Bone had a solid game, completing 73% of his 45 passes, and FC Cincinnati claimed a 1-0 victory.

The victory sees FC Cincinnati climb to 4th place in the Eastern Conference.

Stephen McCarthy (DFW - San Antonio FC): Started on the road against Swope Park Rangers, and played 90 minutes. San Antonio FC would go on to win 1-0, to remain atop the USL standings as the lone undefeated team in North America.

Devin Vega (AP - San Antonio FC): Suited up but did not play in SAFCs 1-0 victory at Swope Park Rangers.

Eric Avila (FCD - Phoenix Rising): Eric Avila got his first start since joining the Phoenix Rising last month, against the Los Angeles Galaxy II. Eric started at Central Attacking Midfielder, pulling the strings in the 4-2-3-1 formation. Avila made a clear impact in his first start:

Avila scored in the 32nd minute to even up the score, and play 67 minutes before being subbed out with Phoenix looking to preserve a 2-1 lead. The Phoenix Rising would preserve their lead, winning 2-1 at Los Dos.

The win sees Phoenix rise to 9th place in the Western Conference.

Ruben Luna (FCD/AP - RGVFC Toros): No game scheduled this week.

Conor Doyle (DFW - Puerto Rico FC): Started and played 90 minutes as Puerto Rico FC got a 1-1 draw at Miami FC.

The draw leaves Puerto Rico FC last place in the NASL.

H. H. & A.’s “Where are they now?”: Nicholas George Hagan Godoy

Nicholas Hagen is a former Goalkeeper for FCD Academy. Still only 20 years old, Hagen is currently the #2 GK for the Guatemala U23s. Hagan is also currently the #2 GK for CSD Municipal, who last week, played in the Guatemala Final.

It was a great surprise when Hagan was announced as the starter for the Guatemala Final away leg against Guastatoya, on Wednesday. Municipal would play dreadfully, but would escape with a 0-0 draw, thanks to the heroics of their Goal Keeper.

There was a great debate that followed, as to whether Hagan would start the home leg of the final. It was not to be, Hagan was announced as injured, and never made the lineup this past Saturday. CSD Municipal would go on to defeat Guastatoya by a 2-0 scoreline, and claim it’s 30th domestic title.

The championship victory, would have qualified CSD Municipal for the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League. As it stands, the Guatemalan Federation failed to meet FIFA mandated reforms by the May 1st deadline, and Guatemalan teams are banned from all FIFA sponsored events. All three spots that would have been reserved for Guatemalan teams under the new CCL format, will now be taken by 3 teams from other Central American countries.

H. H. & A.’s “Match of the Week”: Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, Tulsa Roughnecks vs. San Antonio FC, Wednesday May 31, 7pm Central

This match will determine who FC Dallas will face in the 4th round of the US Open Cup on June 14th. A win by Tulsa, would see FCD host the Roughnecks. A win by San Antonio FC, would see FCD have to travel to San Antonio and face the lone undefeated North American club on its own turf.