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.
With the International Break upon us, it was a slow week for everyone. Weston's star continues its steady rise, Lee made a triumphant return, and Nick Hagen helped his team climb up the table.
Europe - International Break
Weston Mckennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Weston started this past Friday in a friendly against FC Gütersloh of the Oberliga (German 5th division). Schalke 04 would go on to win 9-0.
There were some big news out of Schalke 04 this past week, that further highlight just how much Schalke 04 expects out of Weston Mckennie. Central defensive midfielder Johannes Geis (24 years old) was sent on a 1 year loan to Sevilla FC of the Spanish 1st division. Geis had just been overtaken by Mckennie on the depth chart, and had yet to play a single game this season, after having played in 24 games last season, and 28 games across all competitions the season before. This gives you a general idea of just how much playing time Mckennie is in line for, and he can expect even more if he continues to improve.
Keaton Parks (DFW - Benfica II/Segunda Liga): International Break
David Texeira (FCD - Vitoria Guimaraes/Primeira Liga): International Break
Emerson Hyndman (DFW - AFC Bournemouth/EPL): Emerson started for AFC Bournemouth FC U21’s yesterday against visiting Wimbledon. Emerson played the full match in a 1-0 loss.
Mexico - Apertura Torneo
Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW - Monterrey/Liga MX): International Break
Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Atletico Zacatepec/Ascenso MX): International Break
Omar Gonzalez (DFW - Pachuca/Liga MX): International Break
Central America & South America
Blas Perez (FCD) & Nicholas Hagen (AP - Municipal/Guatemal): Blas was called up to the Panamanian National Team, so he was not available for both of the matches Municipal played this past week. It should be pointed out that Panama defeated Trinidad & Tobago by a score of 3-0 on Tuesday, and while Super Raton did not score, his Man of the Match performance has seen twitter flooded with Panamanians pouring out their love for the Panamanian legend.
Nick started on Sunday against visiting Guastatoya. The visiting team has been at the top of the standings, so it was impressive to see Nick recording his 3rd cleans sheet of the season in a 0-0 draw.
Nick started yesterday at last place Siquinala, and while not maintaining a clean sheet, Nick had several key saves down the stretch, and a yellow card for time wasting, in helping secure a 2-1 road victory.
The draw and win, combine to see Municipal jump up to 5th place on the Liga Nacional Table.
Moises Hernandez (FCD/AP - Comunicaciones/Guatemala): Moises started at CB for the second consecutive match. Unlike the previous match, Moises and the Los Cremas defense, had a rough day at the office. Los Cremas lost 2-0 at Xelaju.
The loss drops Los Cremas to 8th place on the Liga Nacional Table.
Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador): Anibal started Sunday at league leaders Delfin. Chala played the full match, which ended in a 1-0 loss for Quito.
The loss sees LDU Quito drop to 8th place in the Primera A Table.
Major League Soccer -
Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England Revolution): Lee started Saturday against visiting Orlando City SC. Lee and team mate Kei Kamara combined to decimated the Orlando defense to the tune of a 4-0 victory. Lee ended up tying the league record for assists in a game with four, a performance good enough to land Lee on the MLS Team of the Week. We’ll just post the game highlights, since Lee was pretty much in all of them:
Greg Garza (DFW - Atlanta United FC): International Break
Jared Jeffrey (DFW - D.C. United): International Break
Dillon Powers (DFW - Orlando City SC): Dillon started and played the full match in Orlando’s 4-0 loss at New England.
USL & NASL (All USL Games are available for replay on USL YouTube)
Adonijah Reid (FCD - Ottawa Fury FC):
Adonijah suited up on Sunday against visiting Saint Louis FC. Reid came in the 72nd minute with both teams tied at 1. The game would go on to end in a 2-2 draw.
Corben Bone (DFW - FC Cincinnati): Corben started Saturday as FCC hosted the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Corben had a solid game, with 94.1% completions on 68 passes attempted. FCC would have to settle for a 1-1 draw.
Stephen McCarthy (DFW), Devin Vega (AP), Connor Presley (AP - San Antonio FC):
San Antonio FC played at 1st place Real Monarchs. Devin did not suit up. Connor suited up, but did not play.
Stephen started and helped hold the second highest scoring team in the USL to 1 goal.
The Monarchs had scored first, so SAFC had to rally if they were to get a point. Having tied the match up at 1 a piece, it looked as if the Monarchs would hold on for the draw with time running out, but then this happened:
The stunning goal by McCarthy was the game winner, and keeps Real SLC from running away with the best regular season record.
The win keeps SAFC 2nd place in the Western Conference, 7 points out of first, with a game on hand.