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.
Ramiro will be out quite some time for Everton FC, Liga MX is back in action, and so is MLS.
Europe - Preseason
Weston Mckennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Weston suited up yesterday and came on to start out the second half against Neftçi PFC of the Azerbaijan Premier League. Schalke 04 would go on to win 1-0 in the club friendly.
Keaton Parks (DFW - Benfica B/Segunda Liga): While Parks signing with Benfica was reported here earlier, the move was not yet official, and was even being denied by some. Well, it’s official now:
Benfica sign American midfielder Keaton Parks pic.twitter.com/gSLlHN7IAK— Football 24/7 (@foetball247) July 26, 2017
It’s a four year deal for Keaton, who now joins the team in preparation for the start of the Segunda Liga (Portugal second division) on August 8.
Keaton suited up less than 24 hours after the move was made official, and played yesterday in a club friendly against Torreense FC (Portugal 3rd division). Keaton came on in the second half as Benfica B won 2-0.
David Texeira (FCD - Vitoria Guimaraes/Primeira Liga): David started on Sunday, as Vitoria Guimaraes visited FC Porto (Primeira Liga) for their first club friendly of the preseason. David played 74 minutes, as Vitoria G. would lose 2-0.
David suited up, but did not play yesterday, as Vitoria Guimaraes defeated visiting Sporting CP (Primeira Liga) 3-0 in a club friendly.
Ramiro Funes Mori (DFW - Everton FC/Premier League): After missing the second half of last season with a knee injury, Ramiro was back with the team in training camp. Sadly, Ramiro and Everton FC received the worst kind of news last week:
Ramiro is expected to miss a minimum of 6 months, but could lose up to 9 months.
Fabian Castillo (FCD - Trabzonspor/Super Lig): Fabian has been with Trabzonspor on their preseason preparation in Hungary, and has been dazzling:
It’s becoming more and more evident that Trabzonspor will not part ways with Castillo, and he is looking very confident on the field.
Mexico - Apertura Torneo
Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW - Monterrey/Liga MX): Rogelio started on Friday, as Monterrey traveled to Morelia for the first match of the Apertura Season. Rogelio played the full match, as both teams failed to score, in a 0-0 draw.
Rogelio started yesterday and got a goal in the 78th minute against Celaya CD (Ascenso MX).
Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Atletico Zacatepec/Ascenso MX): Alejandro suited up, but did not play Saturday, as Zacatepec settled for a 0-0 draw at Tampico Madero.
Alejandro started yesterday against Cruz Azul in Copa MX action. Cruz Azul jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, and it was Alejandro who came to his teams rescue:
The goal leveled the match, and it stayed that way til the end. Atletico Zacatepec got a 1-1 draw against Cruz Azul.
Hector Montalvo (AP - Tigres UANL/Liga MX): Hector suited up for the Tigres Sub 20s on Friday, but did not play, as Tigres played visiting Puebla Sub 20 to a 1-1 draw.
Central America & South America
Blas Perez (FCD - Municipal/Guatemala): Blas started for Municipal and scored 14 minutes into the club friendly against Escuintla (Guatemala 2nd Division), as Municipal would go on to record a 3-0 road victory on Saturday.
It is interesting to note, that the Blas Perez to Municipal transfer, may not actually be finalized. Blas is with Municipal, but apparently, he can be with the team due to the fact that it is playing friendlies only, and Bolivian League economic difficulties (Teams owe the player millions) have forced a postponement of league games.
Nicholas Hagen (AP - Municipal/Guatemala): Nick got the start against Escuintla, and recorded a clean sheet in the 3-0 victory.
Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador): Anibal made his debut with Quito this past Friday, at home against Deportivo Cuenca. Anibal got the start at Left Back and played 80 minutes in a 2-1 victory.
Anibal was played as an attacking fullback, and would often make his way into the attacking third and stay there for prolonged periods of time. Anibal played solidly, and it was his passing and dribbling that were on display, as he used them to great effect in moving into the attacking third. Anibal had several dangerous crossed into the box, but his delivery on those crosses was inconsistent.
Anibal rarely flashed his dynamic speed, only really using his speed on the defensive side of the field. Due to Anibal being deployed so high in the attack, he was out of position on several counter-attacks on his side of the field. Overall, the Quito fans were very happy with his performance, and were lauding his play on social media.
Major League Soccer -
Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England Revolution): Lee started at Forward on Saturday, as New England hosted the struggling LA Galaxy. Lee got New England on the board first:
This early goal would help set the pace, in what would become a wild, back and forth game. New England would go on to defeat LAG 4-3.
The win sees New England remain 10th place in the Eastern Conference.
Greg Garza (DFW - Atlanta United FC): Greg started on Friday in a huge match on the road against fellow Southern team Orlando City SC. Greg and the backline where in fine form, as they were able to shut out the home team. In the final minutes of the match, Garza got the assist, on the game winner:
The win sees red hot Atlanta United FC remain 4th place in the Eastern Conference.
Jared Jeffrey (DFW - D.C. United): Jeffrey started and played 90 minutes as DC United hosted the Houston Dynamo. Jeffrey and DC United got off to a 1-0 start, but fell apart after that, suffering a 3-1 loss.
The loss sees DC United remain dead last in the Eastern Conference.
Dillon Powers (DFW - Colorado Rapids): Dillon suited up, but did not play on Saturday. Colorado played at Toronto FC, and got a 1-1 draw.
The draw sees the Rapids move out of the Western Conference basement, and into 10th place.
USL & NASL (All USL Games are available for replay on USL YouTube)
Corben Bone (DFW - FC Cincinnati):
Corben started on Saturday a s FC Cincinnati defeated visiting Harrisburg City Islanders 3-0
The win sees FCC remain 5th place in the Eastern Conference.
Devin Vega (AP - San Antonio FC): Devin got the start on Saturday against league leading Real Monarchs SLC. Vega got his team off on the right foot:
San Antonio would be unable to hold on to the lead, and had to settle for a 2-2 home draw.
The draw keeps SAFC second place in the Western Conference.
Stephen McCarthy (DFW - San Antonio FC): Stephen started on Saturday in SAFCs 2-2 draw against Real Monarchs SLC.
Eric Avila (FCD - Phoenix Rising):
Eric started in Phoenix Rising's 3-0 loss at the Tulsa Roughnecks.
The loss sees Phoenix drop to 11th in the Western Conference.