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Hoops Home & Abroad: Weston McKennie gets first Bundesliga start

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McKennie got the start against the best team in the Bundesliga

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 started against Bayern Munich, Emerson got his first minutes with the Cherries, while Rogelio and Los Rayados continue their scintillating run of form.


Weston Mckennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Weston suited up Saturday, but did not play in a 2-1 victory at Werder Bremen. Schalke 04 was in a late 1-1 tie, and was chasing the win, so Weston’s defensive services were not needed.

Weston got the start Tuesday against the visiting Bundesliga kingpins Bayern Munich. It was a rough day for Weston and the rest of his team, as Bayern Munich controlled the game and held 66% of the possession. Weston was a non-factor, only touching the ball 25 times, and completing 81% of his 21 attempted passes, with 1 interception. Weston played 56 minutes in a 3-0 loss.

Keaton Parks (DFW - Benfica II/Segunda Liga): Keaton started Sunday, and played the full match, in a 2-0 loss at Cova Piedade.

The loss sees Benfica II drop to 13th place in the Segunda Liga Table.

David Texeira (FCD - Vitoria Guimaraes/Primeira Liga): David started Thursday in UEFA Europa League action against visiting FC Salzburg Red Bull (Austrian Bundesliga). David played the full match, starting as the center forward in the 4-3-3 formation. David struggled on offense, with no shots on goal, and only a 38.9% pass completions. Oddly enough, David excelled on defense, with 4 tackles, 1 clearance, and 3 fouls. David played the full match, as Vitoria earned a 1-1 draw.

The draw sees Vitoria Guimaraes tied for 2nd place in their group with FC Salzburg.

David did not suit up Sunday, in Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1 loss at Sporting Braga.

The loss sees Vitoria G. drop to 9th place in the Primeira Liga Table.

Emerson Hyndman (DFW - AFC Bournemouth/EPL): Emerson suited up Tuesday in League Cup action against Brighton. Emerson came on for the final 4 minutes of the match, seeing his very first action of the season for the Cherries. Bournemouth advanced to the next round with a 1-0 victory.

Fabian Castillo (FCD - Trabzonspor/Super Lig): Fabian did not suit up Sunday, as Trabzonspor played to a 2-2 draw at Istanbul B.

Mexico - Apertura Torneo

Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW - Monterrey/Liga MX): Rogelio started Saturday for red hot Monterrey, as they hoped to extend their unbeaten streak to 9 matches in Liga MX, and 13 matches across all competitions. Monterrey hosted Atlas, and were looking at a 1-1 finish with time running out, when Rogelio struck:

Rogelio’s game winning goal, secured the 2-1 victory, and keeps Monterrey 1st place with a 6 point lead.

Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Atletico Zacatepec/Ascenso MX): Alex started Friday at Atletico San Luis, but only played the first half before being subbed out. Zacatepec lost 1-0 on a late goal by Atletico San Luis.

The loss drops Atletico Zacatepec to 12th place in the Ascenso MX Table

Omar Gonzalez (DFW - Pachuca/Liga MX): Omar suited up but did not start Saturday in a 3-1 defeat against visiting Guadalajara.

Central America & South America

Blas Perez (FCD) & Nicholas Hagen (AP - Municipal/Guatemal):

Blas and Nick both started Sunday against visiting Malacateco. Municipal would go on to record a 2-1 victory.

The win sees Municipal move to 3rd place on the Liga Nacional Table.

Moises Hernandez (FCD/AP - Comunicaciones/Guatemala): Moises started Sunday at Antigua GFC. Los Cremas had to settle for a 0-0 draw.

The draw keeps Los Cremas 8th place on the Liga Nacional Table.

Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador): Anibal started Thursday at Brazilian giants Fluminense, in the away Leg of their Copa Sudamerica series.

It was a one-sided affair, with Fluminense controlling all aspects of the match. Quito could get nothing going forward, and consistently lost possession in the midfield, leading to wave after wave of fast counters from Fluminense. Chala struggled going forward, along with the rest of his team, but was one of the teams few bright spots, as his emergency defending was on point throughout the match.

Fluminense won 1-0, which is an excellent result for Quito. The next leg will be hosted by Quito today.

Major League Soccer

Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England Revolution):

Lee started at Center Midfielder in the 4-4-2 flat formation on the road against Sporting Kansas City. Lee played 79 minutes, struggling to make a difference, as New England lost 3-1.

Greg Garza (DFW - Atlanta United FC): Greg did not suit up on Saturday, as Atlanta United played to a 1-1 draw against visiting Orlando City SC.

Jared Jeffrey (DFW - D.C. United): Jared did not suit up in Saturdays 3-0 loss at the Chicago Fire.

Dillon Powers (DFW - Orlando City SC): Dillon started Saturday in the 3-3 draw at Atlanta United.

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

Adonijah Reid (FCD - Ottawa Fury FC): Adonijah

Corben Bone (DFW - FC Cincinnati): Corben got the start Saturday in front of a new USL regular season record attendance of 30,417 fans. FCC hosted NY Red Bulls II in one hell of a match. Scoring got started early, and with both teams tied at 1 a piece early in the first half, Corben stepped up to regain the lead for FCC:

The score by Corben secured a 2-1 halftime lead for FCC. Cincinnati would go on to win 4-2. A great crowd, resulting in a great atmosphere, and a very entertaining match, that I highly recommend viewing:

Stephen McCarthy (DFW), Devin Vega (AP), Connor Presley (AP - San Antonio FC):

Devin did not suit up Saturday, and has not suited up for the team in almost a month. No injury has been reported, and no reason has been given for Devin not being in the 18 for the past couple of weeks.

Stephen started and Connor came on in the 81st minute of a bad 5-2 loss at Swope Park Rangers.

Despite the loss, San Antonio FC remains 2nd place in the Western Conference, only 4 points out of 1st place.

Connor Doyle (DFW - Puerto Rico FC): Connor did not suit up Saturday in a 0-0 draw at North Carolina FC. Connor was rested, as PRFC had 3 games scheduled for the week. Sadly, the two remaining games were canceled due to yet another hurricane closing in on Puerto Rico.

HH&A’s Game of the Week: LDU Quito vs. Fluminense, Thursday 5:15pm

A week after thoroughly being dominated in a 1-0 loss at Fluminense, LDU Quito hosts the second leg, with the winner advancing to the Copa Sudamerica Quarterfinals. While LDU Quito looked overwhelmed in Brazil, there’s hope for advancement due to Fluminense being a poor away team this season. Another reason for hope is Fluminense losing 3-1 on the road this weekend, and LDU Quito having their weekend game postponed, thus allowing the home team to rest and focus their gameplan only on the visitors.