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’s star keeps rising in Germany, Keaton Parks continues to soar, and Lee Nguyen had a roller coaster of a week.
Weston Mckennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Weston started Saturday at Hoffenheim, his second start in a row for Schalke 04. Weston had 85% passing on 42 touches and played 73 minutes in Schalke 04’s 2-0 loss.
The loss sees Schalke 04 drop to 7th place in the Bundesliga.
Congratulations are in order, as McKennie received a contract extension with Schalke 04 through the year 2022!
Keaton Parks (DFW - Benfica II/Segunda Liga): Keaton started yesterday against visiting Sporting Covilha. Benfica II fell behind 1-0 in the 55th minute, but the visitor’s lead did not last long, as Keaton answered for the hosts:
Keaton’s score secured a 1-1 draw for Benfica II.
The draw sees Benfica II to 14th place in the Segunda Liga Table.
David Texeira (FCD - Vitoria Guimaraes/Primeira Liga): David did not suit up Sunday against visiting 4th place Maritimo. Vitoria won 2-1, and moved up to 8th place in the Primeira Liga Table.
David suited up yesterday, but did not play at Turkish club Konyaspor. Vitoria lost 2-1, placing them last place in Group I with only 1 point after just 2 matches played.
Emerson Hyndman (DFW - AFC Bournemouth/EPL): Emerson did not feature this week for AFC Bournemouth. Well, he did feature for them, but only in media:
CHERRIES FEATURE: Emerson Hyndman learning from global adventures https://t.co/JBPMausanj— Dan Rose (@EchosportDan) September 21, 2017
Fabian Castillo (FCD - Trabzonspor/Super Lig): Fabian suited up Friday, but did not play as Trabzonspor lost 4-3 at home against Alanyaspor.
The loss drops Trabzonspor to 9th place in the Super Lig Table.
Mexico - Apertura Torneo - Weekend games postponed due to the Earthquake
Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW - Monterrey/Liga MX): The game scheduled Friday at Puebla was postponed, and Monterrey held an event to raise help for the Earthquake affected areas in Mexico.
Rogelio started yesterday against visiting Santos Laguna, but the weather just didn’t help:
The torrential rain did not let up, and about 15 minutes in, lighting forced the suspension of the match.
Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Atletico Zacatepec/Ascenso MX): Saturday’s match against Correcaminos was postponed.
Omar Gonzalez (DFW - Pachuca/Liga MX): Saturday’s against Toluca was postponed.
Central America & South America
Blas Perez (FCD) & Nicholas Hagen (AP - Municipal/Guatemala): Blas did not suit up Sunday at Suchitepequez. Nick started Sunday, and was on his way to yet another clean sheet, when Suchitepequez scored in the 85th minute to end the match in a 1-1 draw.
The draw keeps Municipal tied atop the Liga Nacional Table, but second place on goal differential.
Moises Hernandez (FCD/AP - Comunicaciones/Guatemala): Moises did not suit up Saturday, as Los Cremas defeated visiting Marquense 5-1.
The win moves Los Cremas up to 6th place in the Liga Nacional Table.
Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador): Anibal started Thursday against visiting Fluminense (Brazil) in the second leg of their Copa Sudamericana series. A week after being completely dominated on Brazilian soil in a 1-0 loss, Quito turned the tables on Fluminense in the second leg. LDU Quito completely dominated the match from start to finish and had a 2-0 lead heading into the final minutes when disaster struck in the form of an 87th minute goal by Fluminense forward Pedro off a set piece.
LDU Quito would go on to win the match 2-1, but lost the series 2-2 on the away goal. Thus LDU Quito was eliminated from Copa Sudamericana.
Anibal started Sunday against visiting Universidad Catolica. Anibal played the full match in a 3-0 home win for Quito. Anibal has become an integral part of the LDU Quito defense, and if there is in fact a buy clause in the loan, then it would be a huge shock if LDU Quito did not buy Chala.
With the win, LDU Quito moves to 7th place in the Primera A Table with a game in hand.
Major League Soccer
Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England Revolution): Lee suited up Saturday against visiting Toronto FC. Lee came on in the 67th minute with the match tied at 0-0, and it didn’t take long for him to make a difference:
The goal that kicked off tonight's wild finish. pic.twitter.com/eJQftFJZiV— NewEnglandRevolution (@NERevolution) September 24, 2017
Toronto tied the game up shortly thereafter, but check out the gorgeous cross from Lee for the game winner:
The Revolution would stun league leaders Toronto FC with a 2-1 victory.
Lee started yesterday at Orlando City SC. The game was a complete disaster, as New England player Xavier Kouassi received a highly questionable red card just 11 minutes in:
Lee managed a goal right before halftime:
but by then, the Revolution’s fate was sealed. New England lost 6-1 at Orlando.
This weeks games highlighted the Jekyll & Hyde performances by the Revolution all season long as it pertains to home matches and away matches. New England has a formidable 11-2-2 home record on the season, but only has 3 points on the road with a 16 game winless streak on the road (0-13-3 this season!).
The wildly opposite results, keep New England 8th place in the Eastern Conference with their playoff hopes on life support.
Greg suited up yesterday against the visiting Philadelphia Union, and came on in the 68th minute. Greg helped maintain a clean sheet for Atlanta United, as they won 3-0.
The pair of home wins combine to clinch a playoff spot for Atlanta United FC, an incredible achievement for the expansion side, who now sit 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. AUFC trails New York City FC by 3 points for second place, but AUFC has a game in hand.
Jared did not suit up yesterday, in DC United’s 3-3 draw at New York Red Bulls.
Dillon suited up, but did not play in yesterday’s 6-1 victory over visiting New England.
USL & NASL (All USL Games are available for replay on USL YouTube)
Adonijah Reid (FCD - Ottawa Fury FC): Adonijah started Sunday against visiting Louisville FC. Adonijah struggled to maintain possession and did not get a shot on goal, before being subbed out on the 61st minute. Ottowa got a 1-1 draw.
Louisville FC is currently the top team in the Eastern Conference, so Adonijah didn't look bad out there, he was just playing against a very good team. On a positive note, Ottawa Fury FC inverts their wings, just like FCD likes to do, so it's good for Adonijah to gain experience in a similar attack.
Adonijah suited up yesterday, but did not play at the Harrisburg City Islanders. Ottowa lost 1-0 despite playing 60 minutes with a man advantage.
Corben Bone (DFW - FC Cincinnati):
Corben started Saturday at Saint Louis FC, and with FCC trailing 2-0 in the second half, Corben ignited a rally with a goal in the 70th minute. Corben had a great game, leading FCC with 85.6% passing accuracy, as FCC rallied for a 2-2 draw.
Stephen McCarthy (DFW), Devin Vega (AP), Connor Presley (AP - San Antonio FC):
Devin and Connor both suited up Saturday, but did not play. Stephen started Saturday at Rio Grande Valley FC. SAFC lost 1-0, playing most of the match a man down.
Connor Doyle (DFW - Puerto Rico FC): Games were postponed due to Hurricane Maria