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Hoops Home & Abroad: Several players see preseason action

Many leagues are in their preseasons, and that means minutes for several players.

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 Gold Cup break, there were many players who did not see any action last week. It’s a good thing that preseasons are revving up around the world, and several players participated in friendlies as a result.


Europe - (Season concluded)

Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Weston started on Saturday, as Schalke 04 travelled to SPVGG Erkenschwick of the Oberliga (German 6th division). Weston played 90 minutes, as Schalke 04 routed their opponents by a 9-1 margin. The game became a laugher once fellow American Haji Wright entered as a sub off the bench to start the second half, as he tallied four goals within 15 minutes. For those of you who are curious or simply want to see some soccer action, here is the game in it’s entirety:

TESTSPIEL LIVE: SpVgg Erkenschwick - FC Schalke 04

Das erste Spiel von Domenico Tedesco als Trainer der Königsblauen!

‎Posted by FC Schalke 04 on‎ שבת 8 יולי 2017

Weston wore the #2 jersey and had two assists and several key passes in the victory. Schalke 04 returns to action this Saturday as they travel to SC Paderborn 07 of the three Liga (German 3rd division), for their second friendly of the preseason.

Mexico - (Season concluded)

Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW - Monterrey/Liga MX): With rumors of Rogelio leaving dying down this week, here’s Rogelio sporting the latest Rayados jersey:

Rogelio started on Saturday, as Monterrey traveled to face Pumas in a friendly at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. The game was televised live by ESPN, and saw Rogelio get an assist on the first goal of the match, just a little over nine and a half minutes into the game. Monterrey would go on to win 3-0 on the day. For those of you who wish to check it out, here is the game in it’s entirety:

The video includes the pregame coverage and Liga MX news, so just skip 45 minutes into the video, in time for the line-up intro’s and the start of the match shortly thereafter.

Central America & South America

Moises Hernandez (FCD/AP - Comunicaciones/Guatemala): Moises started on Saturday, in the second game of the preseason for Comunicaciones:

Comunicaciones FC would go on to win 2-1 against FC Santa Lucia of the Primera Division (Guatemala 2nd Division).

Blas Perez (FCD - Municipal/Guatemala): Blas debuted with his new team yesterday (Wednesday, July 12), against fellow Guatemalan side Antigua GFC in a preseason match. Just nine minutes in, Super Raton delivered the game winner:

Defending Guatemala champions Municipal, would go on to win 1-0.

Major League Soccer - No games scheduled due to Gold Cup

Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England Revolution):

Greg Garza (DFW - Atlanta United FC):

Jared Jeffrey (DFW - D.C. United):

Dillon Powers (DFW - Colorado Rapids):

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

Corben Bone (DFW - FC Cincinnati): Corben did not suit up on Friday, as FC Cincinnati lost 2-0 at the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Corben started Sunday and played 90 minutes as FC Cincinnati hosted the Richmond Kickers. Corben had a solid night with 91.5% passing accuracy on 82 passes attempted. FC Cincinnati would go on to win 2-0 over Richmond.

The win and loss keep FCC 6th place in the Eastern Conference.

FC Cincinnati was scheduled to play Miami FC (NASL) yesterday in the US Open Cup Quarterfinals, but the game got rescheduled due to inclimate weather. No reschedule date has been announced yet.

Devin Vega (AP - San Antonio FC): Devin started Saturday night and played 90 minutes, as SAFC hosted Liga MX club Santos Laguna for a friendly. SAFC would get a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation, but lost 4-3 on penalty kicks.

San Antonio FC had no league games last week, and remain 2nd place in the Western Conference.

Stephen McCarthy (DFW - San Antonio FC): Stephen started Saturday night and played 90 minutes, as SAFC hosted Liga MX club Santos Laguna for a friendly. SAFC would get a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation, but lost 4-3 on penalty kicks.

Eric Avila (FCD - Phoenix Rising): Eric Avila suited up on Saturday, and came on 45 minutes in as a second half substitute. The Phoenix Rising would go on to get a 1-1 draw at Orange County SC.

With the draw, Phoenix stay 10th place in the Western Conference.

Ruben Luna (FCD/AP - RGVFC Toros): Ruben started on Saturday and played 90 minutes, as RGVFC lost 4-0 at the Swope Park Rangers.

The loss sees RGVFC drop to 9th place in the Western Conference.

Conor Doyle (DFW - Puerto Rico FC): Conor started yesterday, as Puerto Rico FC travelled to the Jacksonville Armada. Conor played 90 minutes as PRFC got a 1-1 draw.

The draw sees Puerto Rico FC remain last place in the NASL.

HH&A’s Match of the Week: Miami FC vs. FC Cincinnati, date to be determined.

The last 2 lower division clubs left in the US Open Cup is pretty much “Must Watch TV”, as the winner looks to be the first non-MLS team to reach the semifinals since 2011. There’s also the whole NASL vs. USL rivalry going on between the second division leagues.

HH&A’s Where are they now?: Hunter Harrison

Hunter Harrison is 21 year old Goalkeeper from Dallas, Texas. Hunter played for the Dallas Texans, before joining Oral Roberts University. Hunter played 1 season at ORU, then turned pro by joining the USL’s Tulsa Roughnecks last season. Hunter did not re-sign with Tulsa this season, and now finds himself in......................The Philippines.

On May 2017, Hunter Harrison signed as the #2 Goalkeeper for newly rebranded FC Meralco Manila (formerly Loyola Meralco Sparks). FC Meralco Manila is currently the 1st place team in the 10 team Philippines Football League. This is the first season for the Philippines Football League which is the first ever National and Professional league in the country. Before the PFL, the default top tier in the Philippines was occupied by the Manila metro based semi-pro United Football League. The UFL has now been disbanded, to make way for the nation wide PFL, which like all Asian leagues, has a 4-player foreign player limit.