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.
McKennie looks to have a potential position change in the near future, Liga MX returns to action, and Keaton Parks continues to get playing time for Benfica.
Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Weston suited up Sunday, in a club friendly against visiting Genk (Belgian 1st Division). In a surprise move, McKennie entered the match during the second half at Center Back.
Weston played well in the Schalke 04 3-man backline, and Schalke 04 won 2-1.
“We’ve been wanting to try him out in central defence for a while,” Schalke manager Domenico Tedesco said after the game, according to Bundesliga.com ”He’s good in the air, strong and up for anything.”
Tedesco's response has lead many to speculate that McKennie will feature mostly at Center Back in 2018.
Next Match: RB Leipzig vs. Schalke 04, Saturday, January 13, 11:30 am
Shaft Brewer Jr. (AP - RB Leipzig U19): No match scheduled.
Next Match: Wolfsburg U19 vs. RB Leipzig U19, Saturday, January 27, 4:00 am
Keaton Parks (DFW - Benfica/Primeira Liga): Keaton suited up Sunday at Moreirense. Keaton started the second half, with Benfica leading 1-0. Keaton had a solid game, as he was mostly played as a Defensive Midfielder focused on defense. Benfica would go on to win 2-0.
The win sees Benfica maintain their position, 3rd place in the Primeira Liga Table.
Next Match: Sporting Braga vs. Benfica, Saturday, January 13, 2:30 pm
Emerson Hyndman (DFW - AFC Bournemouth): Emerson started Saturday, in FA Cup action against visiting Wigan Athletic. Emerson's night got off to a disastrous start, as he was culpable in an own goal, 29 minutes into the match.
Emerson played the full match, as Bournemouth rallied from a 2-0 first half deficit, for a 2-2 draw.
Next Match: your guess is as good as mine
Fabian Castillo (FCD - Trabzonspor/Super Lig): Fabian has apparently requested a transfer:
Fabian Castillo yönetimle yaptığı görüşmede ayrılmak istediğini söyledi. (Fanatik)— Fırtına 1967 (@frtina1967com) January 11, 2018
Trabzonspor, Castillo için 5 milyon euro bonservis bedeli belirledi. pic.twitter.com/8wVMA0fOsA
Unlike past transfer windows, when rumors of Castillo leaving Trabzonspor had surfaced, this time it appears that the club is willing to sell Castillo.
Next Match: Turkey Cup, Trabzonspor vs. Konyaspor, Monday, January 15
Mexico - Apertura Torneo
Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW - Monterrey/Liga MX): Rogelio started Saturday, against visiting Morelia. It didn’t take long for Rogelio to make his presence felt:
Rogelio played 78 minutes before being subbed out, with Monterrey leading 1-0. It was not to be, as Monterrey gave up a goal on a PK at the death and had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
Next Match: Veracruz vs. Monterrey, Sunday, January 14, 6:00 pm
Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Atletico Zacatepec/Ascenso MX): Alex started Saturday against visiting Tampico Madero. Alex played the full match, as Zacatepec earned a 0-0 draw.
Alex suited up Tuesday in Copa MX action against visiting Murcielagos, but did not play in the 3-1 Zacatepec victory.
Next Match: Atlante vs. Atletico Zacatepec, Friday, January 12, 8:00 pm
Omar Gonzalez (DFW - Pachuca/Liga MX): Omar started Saturday, against visiting Pumas UNAM. Omar played the full match, as Pachuca lost 3-2.
Next Match: America vs. Pachuca, Saturday, January 13, 5:00 pm
Atiba Harris (FCD - Murcielagos FC/Ascenso MX): Atiba suited up Friday, but did not play in a 3-1 defeat against visiting Cimarrones de Sonora.
Atiba suited up Tuesday in Copa MX action at Atletico Zacatepec, and made his team debut in the 72nd minute of a 3-1 loss.
Next Match; Venados vs. Murcielagos FC, Friday, January 12, 8:30 pm
Central America & South America
Nicholas Hagen (AP - Municipal/Guatemala), Blas Perez (FCD - Municipal/Guatemala): No match scheduled this week
Next Match: Deportivo Petapa vs. Municipal, Saturday, January 13
Moises Hernandez (FCD/AP - Comunicaciones/Guatemala): No match scheduled this week.
Next Match: Comunicaciones vs. Antigua GFC, Saturday, January 13
Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador):
Major League Soccer - Regular season completed
Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England Revolution/MLS):
Sources tell me Lee Nguyen asked the New England Revolution for a trade early this offseason. 31-year-old had 11 goals and 15 assists last year: https://t.co/aEyim4isrh— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) January 11, 2018
The one player that would make the dreams come true for many FCD fans. Bring Lee home FCD!