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.
Weston McKennie started for Schalke 04, Adonijah Reid had a big week, Corben Bone was involved in the biggest match of the week, and Rogelio Funes Mori broke out of a slump in a big way.
Europe - Preseason
Weston Mckennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Weston got is first start on Monday in the DFB Pokal (Tournament) at BFC Dynamo of the German 4th Division. Weston played 55 minutes as Schalke 04 advanced with a 2-0 victory.
Weston was not involved in the scoring, but received praise from the person that matters most:
Keaton Parks (DFW - Benfica II/Segunda Liga):
Keaton suited up Sunday at home against visiting Nacional. With Benfica II trailing 1-0 and looking sluggish on both sides of the ball, Keaton came on in the 60th minute looking to provide a spark. Provide a spark he did, as Benfica II equalized a minute later. It wasn’t long before Nacional retook the lead, and with time running out, Keaton helped Benfica II snatch a point:
Benfica II got a 2-2 draw against Nacional.
David Texeira (FCD - Vitoria Guimaraes/Primeira Liga): David suited up, but did not play on Thursday, as Vitoria Guimaraes got a 3-2 home win over Chavez.
David started on Monday at Estoril, but failed to get on the board in 66 minutes of action. Vitoria lost 3-0 at Estoril.
Mexico - Apertura Torneo
Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW - Monterrey/Liga MX): Rogelio started on Saturday against visiting Chivas. With the game all knotted up after the first half, Rogelio finally broke his 9 game scoreless slump:
Rogelio’s first goal of the season, would turn out to be the game winner, as Monterrey crushed Chivas 4-1.
The victory over Chivas vaults Monterrey into 1st place in Liga MX.
Rogelio suited up on Tuesday in Copa MX action at Ascenso MX side Celaya. Rogelio came on in the 63rd minute of a scoreless match, and changed the scoreline shortly thereafter:
The goal was the second game winner of the week for Rogelio, as Monterrey won 1-0 at Celaya. The goal was Rogelio’s 50th with Monterrey, and he now becomes the team’s all time leading scorer!
The victory places Monterrey 1st place in their Copa MX group, and guarantees advancement into the next round.
Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Atletico Zacatepec/Ascenso MX): Alejandro started on Saturday at home against Murcielagos. The game was scoreless after 90 minutes and with injury time running out, Zendejas rose to the occasion:
Alejandro’s 1st goal of the regular season secured a 1-0 victory for Zacatepec.
With the win, Zacatepec is currently 3rd place in Ascenso MX.
Alejandro suited up on Tuesday in Copa MX action at Cruz Azul. With Zacatepec trailing 1-0, Alejandro came on in the 72nd minute looking to provide a spark. It was not enough, as Cruz Azul defeated Zacatepec 1-0.
The loss drops Atletico Zacatepec to 2nd place in their Copa MX group, and they still have a chance to advance with one game left to play.
Central America & South America
Blas Perez (FCD - Municipal/Guatemala): Blas started on Sunday at Comunicaciones FC, or as it’s simple referred to “El Classico”. Blas and Municipal almost left with 3 points but a 94th minute goal by Comunicaciones, snatched victory away from Municipal. The game ended 1-1, and is available in it’s entirety for your viewing pleasure:
Nicholas Hagen (AP - Municipal/Guatemala): Nicholas started in “El Classico” at Comunicaciones FC, on Sunday. Nicholas had an excellent match, and almost got the clean sheet, despite being under siege for most of the final minutes of the match. It was a rough way to lose out on a clean sheet, as Comunicaciones scored at the death off a rebound following a shot that Nick saved, but the defense failed to clear. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador): Anibal did not suit up Sunday, missing the game due to a minor injury. Quito defeated visiting Independiente Del Valle 3-1
Chala is expected to return to action this Sunday.
Major League Soccer -
Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England Revolution): Lee started on Saturday against the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps. Lee had a solid game, but recieved a yellow card just before halftime and ended up playing 85 minutes. New England won 1-0, and finds itself 6 points bellow the redline, 10th place in the Easterb Conference.
Greg Garza (DFW - Atlanta United FC): No game scheduled last week
Mikey Ambrose (DFW - Atlanta United FC): No game scheduled last week
The liss keeps DCU 11th place in the Eastern Conference.
USL & NASL (All USL Games are available for replay on USL YouTube)
Adonijah Reid (FCD - Ottawa Fury FC): One day after his 18th birthday Adonijah suited up Saturday against the visiting Charlotte Independence, who are the 1st place team in the Eastern Conference. Reid entered the match in the 66th minute with Ottawa Fury up 2-0, only to watch Charlotte cut the lead to one in the 75th minute. With the visiting team pressing for an equalizer, Adonijah put the game out of reach:
Reid’s first goal as a professional, secured a 3-1 victory for the Ottawa Fury.
Reid got his first professional start yesterday at Orlando City B. He had two shots on goal, and drew two fouls, with 71% passing accuracy, but failed to score in 63 minutes of action. Ottawa Fury lost 3-0 to Orlando City B.
The win and loss, combine to drop Ottawa Fury to 10th place in the Eastern Conference, although Ottawa has 2 games on hand.
Corben Bone (DFW - FC Cincinnati): Corben started Saturday at Louisville City FC. Things got out of hand quickly, as FCC found itself down to 10 men just 36 minutes into the match. Corben played 71 minutes, as FCC lost 5-0.
The loss sees FC Cincinnati drop to 7th place in the Eastern Conference.
Corben started Tuesday in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup semifinal against visiting MLS side New York Red Bulls. Just 30 minutes in, Corben sent sold out Nippert Stadium (33,250 people in attendance) into a frenzy:
FC Cincinnati would take a 2-0 lead and would eventually have to go to extra time following a NY Red Bull rally. FC Cincinnati fought valiantly in a memorable match, but ultimately bowed out of the USOC with a 3-2 loss to the New York Red Bulls.
Stephen McCarthy (DFW - San Antonio FC): Stephen started Saturday at Reno 1868 FC, as San Antonio FC lost 2-0.
The loss keeps SAFC 2nd place in the Western Conference.
Devin Vega (AP - San Antonio FC): Vega did not suit up in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Reno 1868 FC.
Eric Avila (FCD - Phoenix Rising): Eric suited up Saturday at Rio Grande Valley FC. Eric came on in the 69th minute with Phoenix looking to hold on to a 1-0 lead. In a stunning turn of events, Phoenix lost 2 men to red cards just minutes apart with the time running out. With Phoenix holding on for dear life, RGVFC scored a heart breaking goal in the 95th minute, and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
The draw sees Phoenix Rising drop to 11th place in the Western Conference.
Conor Doyle(DFW - Puerto Rico FC): Conor started Saturday and failed to score, as PRFC settled for a 0-0 home draw against the San Francisco Deltas.
Conor started yesterday at the Jacksonville Armada, and with the game scoreless in the second half, Conor did this:
Puerto Rico would go on to win 2-1.
The draw and win see PRFC start out the NASL Fall Tournament undefeated and in 1st place after 4 matches played.
HH&A’s Where are they now?: Julian de Guzman
Julian played for FC Dallas back in 2012. Julian was traded to FCD in exchange for forward Andrew Wiedeman. Julian saw action in 12 matches for FCD, scoring one goal.
This year, Julian started the current USL season as the top assistant in Ottawa Fury FC. That changed suddenly this week, following a shock announcement:
De Guzman lost his first match as Manager 3-0 at Orlando City B, a tough loss following a very shot turnaround.