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.
It was a huge week for Keaton Parks, as his former team rolled into town. Rogelio Funes Mori continues his scoring binge, and Weston continues to impress in Bundesliga action, plus Emerson Hyndman is rounding back into form.
Weston Mckennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Weston suited up Saturday against visiting RB Leipzig. Weston came into the match in the 79th minute, with Schalke holding on to a 2-0 lead. Weston helped Schalke close out the match, and while he mostly played defensively, he still had a highlight or 2 in the match:
Schalke 04 would go on to win 2-0.
Keaton Parks (DFW - Benfica II/Segunda Liga): Keaton had a one hell of a week. It all started Saturday, as Keaton was handed his first start for Benfica II at Famalicao. Keaton would go on to play the full match which ended in a 0-0 draw.
Yesterday, Varzim rolled into town. For those of you that don’t know, BigDsoccer chronicled Keaton Parks troubles last season playing for Varzim, or in actuality, not getting playing time for Varzim.
Last season, Keaton was rumored to be involved in a winter window transfer to Benfica. That’s when the trouble began, as Keaton fell out of favor with Varzim, and Varzim barred Keaton from practice, and any and all team activities. Furthermore, Varzim would not transfer Keaton, nor grant him his release.
This preseason, Keaton took Varzim to court, forcing them to grant him his release, and yesterday, Benfica II started Keaton against his former team. Keaton played 61 minutes, as Benfica II got its first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Varzim.
David Texeira (FCD - Vitoria Guimaraes/Primeira Liga): David started Saturday against visiting Sporting CP. It was a bad day at the office for David and his team, as Vitoria suffered a crushing 5-0 home defeat.
Emerson Hyndman (DFW - AFC Bournemouth/EPL): Emerson is finally back on the field after being out since April, and spent the week playing with reserve teams, trying to get back in game form.
Emerson started Friday with Bournemouth U23s at Brentford, and played 55 minutes.
Emerson suited up Tuesday for the senior team, as AFC Bournemouth played at Birmingham City in the League Cup. Emerson did not play, as AFCB would go on to win 2-1.
Yesterday, Emerson started for Bournemouth U21s:
Emerson Hyndman is back on the mend for the Cherries. Today he scored for the U21s. https://t.co/0S1rCkE0sL— Don't Tread On Us (@DontTreadSoccer) August 23, 2017
The U21s would go on to a 4-1 victory over Exeter City.
It’s great to see Emerson getting back to full strength, but he may already be out of the picture for the senior team, and the odds are that he will likely be sent out on loan once he is at full strength.
Mexico - Apertura Torneo
Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW - Monterrey/Liga MX): Rogelio started Saturday at Leon, and it didn’t take him long to strike:
Monterrey would go on to a 2-1 road victory.
The victory sees Monterrey take sole possession of first place in Liga MX, after only 5 games.
Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Atletico Zacatepec/Ascenso MX): Alejandro started Friday at Cafetaleros, and played the full 90 after having started the previous Tuesday in Copa MX action. Zacatepec would go on to lose 2-1.
The loss sees Zacatepec drop to 6th place in Ascenso MX.
Omar Gonzalez (DFW - Pachuca/Liga MX): After missing most of the early Apertura following an injury in early Copa MX action, Omar finally returned to the 18 for Pachuca this past weekend, Omar did not start, but it is a good sign to see him in the 18.
Central America & South America
Blas Perez (FCD - Municipal/Guatemala): Blas started Sunday against visiting Marquense, as Municipal won 1-0.
Nicholas Hagen (AP - Municipal/Guatemal): Nicholas started and got his second clean sheet of the year, as Municipal won 1-0 at home against Marquense.
The victory sees Municipal climb to 6th place.
Moises Hernandez (FCD/AP - Comunicaciones/Guatemala): Moises finally returned to Comunicaciones, after missing most of the start of the season. He missed it with good reason:
Aaron Moises Hernandez ❤️ 8-03-17 pic.twitter.com/6TzCQGFMVx— Nancy Hernandez (@nancyosorio89) August 3, 2017
Moises started on Sunday at Malacateco, as Comunicaciones would go on to lose 2-0.
The loss sees Los Cremas drop to 3rd place.
Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador): After missing last week with a minor strain, Anibal returned to the starting lineup on Sunday. It was a close match, but an 85th minute red card, left Quito with 10 men, and all but ensured their 4-2 road loss.
The loss sees LDU Quito drop to 7th place.
Major League Soccer -
The loss sees New England drop to 10th place in the Eastern Conference.
Greg Garza (DFW - Atlanta United FC): Greg returned to the starting lineup yesterday, for the first time in over a month, at DC United.
Jared Jeffrey (DFW - D.C. United): Jared suited up on Saturday at the Colorado Rapids, and came on in the 84th minute with DCU holding on to a 1-0 lead. Jared would play out the final minutes of the match, as DCU would hold on for the 1-0 road victory.
Jared started yesterday against visiting Atlanta United FC. Jared only played the first half, but DCU prevailed with a 1-0 scoreline. The victory gives last place DCU a clean sweep of Atlanta United
Dillon Powers (DFW - Orlando City SC): Dillon suited up, but did not play Saturday in Orlando City’s 1-1 home draw against the Columbus Crew
USL & NASL (All USL Games are available for replay on USL YouTube)
Adonijah Reid (FCD - Ottawa Fury FC):
Adonijah suited up, but did not play yesterday in Ottowa's 3-1 loss at Cincinnati.
Corben Bone (DFW - FC Cincinnati):
Corben started yesterday and played the full match as FC Cincinnati defeated the visiting Ottowa Fury 3-1.
Stephen McCarthy (DFW - San Antonio FC): Stephen started and played the full match as SAFC defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps FC II by a 1-0 score.
Devin Vega (AP - San Antonio FC):
Devin got his 6th start of the season last night against visiting Vancouver Whitecaps FC II. Devin put in a solid 84 minutes, with 81% passing accuracy and 3 key passes in SAFC's 1-0 victory.
Last week, San Antonio FC signed 18 year old Connor Presley:
While Connor played last season with Lonestar SC, he is actually a former FC Dallas Academy player. His signing means SAFC has now signed a former FCDA player in back to back transfer windows.
Connor suited up yesterday and made his SAFC debut, coming into the game in the 70th minute with San Antonio holding on to a 1-0 lead
Eric Avila (FCD - Phoenix Rising):
Eric suited up, but did not play in Phoenix Rising's 1-1 draw at Orange County.
Conor Doyle (DFW - Puerto Rico FC):
Conor started Sunday at Edmonton, and scored his team's only goal in a 1-1 draw.
HH&A’s Where are they now?: David Ferreira
Here's a player who needs no introduction, and is still gowing strong: