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Hoops Home & Abroad: European season comes to an end

Things slow down outside of the Americas.

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.

The final European league game was played, while both USL and NASL started 3rd round action in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.


Europe

Fabian Castillo (FCD - Trabzonspor/Super Lig): Fabian started on Saturday against Bursaspor in the final game of the Super Lig regular season. Castillo would get an assist on the loan goal of the day for Trabzonspor, as they would go on to lose 2-1 at home against a team that needed a victory to avoid relegation.

Now that the season is over, I say the following tweet, should tell you where you can expect Castillo to be playing next season:

Mexico - (Season concluded)

Central America & South America

Blas Perez (FCD - Club Blooming/Bolivia): No game scheduled this week.

Major League Soccer

Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England Revolution): New England had 2 games this past week, one Wednesday at New York City FC, and one Saturday at home against Toronto FC. Lee played mostly on the Right Wing in the 4-2-3-1 formation in both games.

Lee started on Wednesday and played 90 minutes, helping out on the Revs first goal of the evening:

New England would need an 89th minute equalizer to escape NYCFC with a 2-2 draw.

Lee started Saturday, playing 90 minutes, and mostly doing the same thing he did Wednesday:

That would be the first of 3 goals for the Revs, as they would go on to win 3-0 over visiting Toronto FC.

The draw and victory this past week, sees New England climb to 8th place in the Eastern Conference. The victory Saturday, leaves New England as one of only 5 teams remaining without a home defeat.

Greg Garza (DFW - Atlanta United FC): Greg started at Vancouver on Saturday, and helped his team draw first blood:

This was Garza’s first goal of the season, and gave Atlanta the early lead. It wouldn’t last for long, as the wheels would soon fall off on their way to a 3-1 loss at the Vancouver Whitecaps.

It wasn’t all bad news this past weekend for Garza, as he was named to the 40 man Gold Cup USMNT preliminary roster.

The loss drops Atlanta United FC to 8th place in the Eastern Conference.

Jared Jeffrey (DFW - D.C. United): DC United played 2 games last week, one on Wednesday at Orlando City SC, and one on Saturday at home against the Galaxy.

Jared started on Wednesday and played 90 minutes, as DC United struggled to generate any offense and would go on to lose 2-0 at Orlando.

Jared started on Saturday and played 90 minutes, as DCU continued its offensive struggles, but the defense held LAG scoreless as well. DCU would have to settle for a 0-0 draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The loss and the draw, keep DCU dead last in the Eastern Conference.

Dillon Powers (DFW - Colorado Rapids): Powers started Saturday against visiting Columbus Crew SC. Dillon would play 67 minutes before being subbed out, with Colorado looking to maintain a 1-0 lead. Colorado would hold on to win 2-1 against the Crew.

The win sees Colorado remain last 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): FC Cincinnati played 2 games last week. The first game was on Wednesday night against visiting Louisville FC, in the 3rd round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The second game was Saturday night at the Rochester Rhinos.

Bone started on Wednesday and played 90 minutes as FC Cincinnati advanced to the 4th round of the USOC with a 1-0 victory of Louisville FC. A big victory over their biggest rival.

Bone did not suit up on Saturday, as FC Cincinnati took a 1-0 defeat at the Rochester Rhinos.

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

Devin Vega (AP - San Antonio FC): San Antonio FC played 2 games last week. The first was on Wednesday night at the Tulsa Roughnecks in 3rd round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The second one was Saturday night at home against the Swope Park Rangers.

Devin Vega Suited up on Wednesday night and came on in the 54th minute. The game would go the full 120 minutes without either team scoring, thus forcing a PK shootout. San Antonio FC would go on to lose on a 7-6 PK shootout to the Tulsa Roughneck. With the loss, San Antonio FC is eliminated from the USOC.

Devin suited up on Wednesday and came on in the 74th minute, as San Antonio FC had to settle for a 0-0 home draw against the Swope Park Rangers.

The draw helps keep San Antonio FC as technically still the only undefeated team in league play across North America, but sees them drop to 2nd place in the Western Conference.

Stephen McCarthy (DFW - San Antonio FC): McCarthy did not suit up on Wednesday night, in San Antonio FC’s (7-6) PK loss.

McCarthy started Saturday night and played 90 minutes. Many credit McCarthy for single handedly saving San Antonio FC’s undefeated season, following an 82nd minute red card that left San Antonio with 10 men and no subs. San Antonio FC held on for the 0-0 draw against the visiting Swope Park Rangers.

Eric Avila (FCD - Phoenix Rising): Eric Avila started on Wednesday night at the NASL’s San Francisco Deltas, in the 3rd round of the US Open Cup. Phoenix Rising would go to lose a wild one, that saw all 3 goals come in the final 8 minutes of the match, in a 2-1 loss to the Deltas. The loss eliminated the Phoenix Rising from the USOC.

Eric started last night (Tuesday, June 6) as ........ well, you’ll just have to tune in to our OKC Energy recap, to find out what transpired last night.

Ruben Luna (FCD/AP - RGVFC Toros): Ruben started Saturday at the Sacramento Republic. Luna would play 64 minutes, as RGVFC would leave Sacramento with a 0-0 draw.

The draw sees RGVFC to 7th place in the Western Conference.

Conor Doyle (DFW - Puerto Rico FC): Conor started and played 90 minutes as Puerto Rico FC defeated visiting FC Edmonton 3-0.

The win moves PRFC up to 6th place in the NASL standings.

H. H. & A.’s “Match of the Week”: Phoenix Rising FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps II, Saturday, June 10 9:30pm, WatchESPN

Now, I know if you take a look at the USL standings (trust me, don’t look), you will think I may be coo coo for cocoa puffs for picking this game as the match of the week. Well, maybe I am, but if you haven’t heard by now, then allow me to inform you:

ESPN agrees with me, and have made this their USL game of the week.