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.
With the International break this past week, there was little action on the field. Still, there was plenty of news to make up for the lack of action, as Alejandro Zendejas was sent on loan, Blas Perez became unattached, and Anibal Chala was cleared to return to practice.
Europe - (Season concluded)
Mexico - (Season concluded)
Alejandro Zendejas (FCD - Atletico Zacatepec, Loan/Ascenso MX): After a successful run to the Sub 20 Liga MX title with Chivas, Zendejas has taken the logical next step in his rise up through the Chivas rank:
Zendejas will spend next season on loan with Club Atletico Zacatepec. A great move, as Zacatepec is owned by Chivas (basically Chivas II if you will), and plays in the Ascenso MX (Mexican 2nd division), who some consider to be the best CONCACAF league outside of Liga MX and MLS.
Now get this, Club Atletico Zacatepec did not exist last year. There was a club named Club Zacatepec called Los Cañeros, that played in Ascenso MX last year, who very recently folded. Chivas moved their own Ascenso MX team Coras De Tepic (9th place last season), and rebranded it Club Atletico Zacatepec. Why? The previous team (Coras De Tepic), played in a 12,000 seat stadium, that only averaged about 7,000 spectators. The move to Zacatepec, will see them play in the recently renovated Estadio Agustin Coruco Diaz, which has a 24,443 seat capacity.
Central America & South America
Blas Perez (FCD - Unattached): It was a very eventful week for Super Raton. First, Perez was with the Panama National team, as they were participated in the Hex. Blas suited up on Thursday and came on in the 75th minute as Panama got a 0-0 draw at Costa Rica. Blas started yesterday against visiting Honduras, abd with Panama trailing, Blas did Blas like things:
Blas Perez's shoulder equalizer for Panama pic.twitter.com/M0anZZnOKQ— Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) June 14, 2017
Perez played 80 minutes, as Panama had to settle for a 2-2 draw.
Second, it turns out that the initial report of Super Raton being dissatisfied with Club Blooming, were correct. Blas made it clear that he would not be returning to Club Blooming upon completion of his time with the Panamanian team. Blas apparently is now considered unattached.
Third, and not surprisingly, teams are lining up for his services. Currently, several teams from Honduras, Colombia, Panama, and El Salvador, are said to be vying for his services.
Finally, Blas announced through social media, that he would not participate in the next Gold Cup as it was time for the younger players to shine.
Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador): Anibal Chala was cleared by the team doctor, and returned to practice with the team on Monday.
Major League Soccer
Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England Revolution): No game scheduled
Jared Jeffrey (DFW - D.C. United): Did not suit up in DCU's 4-1 victory over amateur club Christos FC, in the 4th round of the USOC.
Dillon Powers (DFW - Colorado Rapids): Dillon started and played 90 minutes in the 4th round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Colorado would have to rally from a 2-0 halftime deficeit, and would go on to win 3-2 against the visiting Oklahoma City Energy FC.
The win sees the Rapids advance to the 5th round of the USOC.
USL & NASL (All USL Games are available for replay on USL YouTube)
Corben Bone (DFW - FC Cincinnati): Corben Bone started on Saturday against the Charlotte Independence, in front of 21,115 rabbid home fans. Corben had a really good game, finishing the game with a 95.6% pass completion on 45 passes attempted. FC Cincinnati had to settle for a 1-1 draw against the Independence.
The draw sees FC Cincinnati drop to 9th place in the Eastern COnference.
Stephen McCarthy (DFW - San Antonio FC): Stephen McCarthy started on Saturday and played 90 minutes at the Oklahoma City Energy FC. McCarthy helped secure a clean sheet for his team, as San Antonio left Oklahoma City with a 0-0 draw.
The draw sees San Antonio FC remain undefeated in USL play and 2nd place in the Western Conference.
Devin Vega (AP - San Antonio FC): Did not suit up on Saturday, in the 0-0 draw against the Oklahoma City Energy.
Eric Avila (FCD - Phoenix Rising): Did not suit up on Saturday as the Phoenix Rising hosted the Vancouver Whitecaps II. This was the much anticipated debut of Didier Drogba, and it came at the expense of Avila’s spot in the starting line up. The Phoenix Rising got a 2-1 victory at home against the visiting Whitecaps.
The win sees the Phoenix Rising, climb up to 9th place in the Eastern Conference.
Ruben Luna (FCD/AP - RGVFC Toros): Suited up, but did not play on Wednesday, as RGVFC lost 3-2 at Reno 1868 FC.
Ruben Luna started on Saturday and wore the Captain’s Band at home against Seattle Sounders FC II. The game would start out with each team scoring a goal, before Luna did this:
Luna’s first goal of the season, would also end up being the game winner, as RGVFC would go on to defeat the visiting Sounders 3-1.
The loss and victory, combine to see Rio Grande Valley FC to 5th place in the Western Conference.
Conor Doyle (DFW - Puerto Rico FC): Conor Doyle started and played 90 minutes on Saturday as Puerto Rico FC lost 3-1 at home against the San Francisco Deltas.
The loss sees Puerto Rico FC drop to 7th place in the NASL Fall Tournament table.
This is the first ever meeting between the two Ohio clubs, which the media has attempted to dub the “Ohio Derby”, but the fans of both clubs have dubbed the “Hell is Real Derby”.
The derby name is drawn from the two billboards that have stood for decades in a Madison County pasture about 25 miles outside the Columbus city limit, on the way to Cincinnati. They're situated to the right of the northbound lanes of Interstate 71, and they're hard to ignore. Northbound travelers can gaze to the right of the roadway and view the Ten Commandments – five commandments painted to each billboard. Southbound travelers can't see the commandments. Rather, they view the backside of the billboards, which read, "HELL IS REAL."
The attendance record for the 4th round (a little over 17,000) is guaranteed to fall, as FC Cincinnati has already sold 21,000 tickets for the first ever encounter against their natural instate rival.
If you’ve never seen FC Cincinnati play at home, you’re in for a treat, as their home games feel and look like MLS level games.