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.
Chris Richards continues to impress in Germany, the USMNT call ups all struggled against England, and Castillo was up to his old tricks.
Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga: Weston started Thursday for the USMNT at Wembley Stadium against England. Weston and his midfield partners struggled badly to contain England from running right through the middle of the US defense. Weston played a better second half, but the US was completely dominated in a 3-0 loss.
Keaton Parks (DFW - Benfica/Primeira Liga): Keaton spent the International break training with the senior team:
Miguel Nóbrega, Diogo Mendes, Keaton Parks, Gonçalo Ramos, Diogo Pinto, Daniel dos Anjos and Rodrigo Conceição trained with the senior team today. pic.twitter.com/NichdZdC06— Benfica Youth (@BenficaYouth) November 14, 2018
Anton Nedyalkov (FCD - Ludogorets/Bulgaria): Anton started Thursday in UEFA Europa League action, in a0-0 draw against visiting AEK Larnaca (Cyprus). Ludogorets is 3rd in Group A, and is eliminated.
Anton started Sunday, in a 1-0 win against visiting Beroe. Ludogorets remains 1st place in the First League table.
Chris Richards (AP/FCD - Bayern Munich/U19 Bundesliga): Chris started Sunday in a 3-2 win at Karlsruher. The win sees Bayern Munich U19 remain second place in the U19 Bundesliga Nord Table.
The following day, Richards received some good news:
Chris Richards has been called up to the United States U20 squad. The @FCBayernUS U19 squad member, who is a @TexansSoccer and @FCDallas product, will joining some familiar faces in the camp as well. @eastmamba is clearly opening some eyes #FCBayern https://t.co/BYhnqjhnoC— The Barrel (@TheBarrelBlog) November 12, 2018
Despite rampaging through their group, the USMNT U20s were shaky at center back, and Richards is expected to shore up the backline.
Exciting times for Richards, and he talked about it to Grant Wahl:
Ramiro Funes Mori (DFW - Villarreal/La Liga): Ramiro started in a 2-2 draw at Rallo Vallecano. Villarreal now finds itself in a 4 match unbeaten streak, and is 16th in La Liga Table.
Ramiro was called up to the Argentina National team:
Ramiro has been named as a starter for Argentina, in their Friday night friendly against Mexico.
Emerson Hyndman (DFW - Hibernian/Scottish PL): Emerson did not feature for Hibernian this week.
Middle East - Preseason
Mauro Diaz (FCD - Shabab Al Ahli Dubai/UAE): Mauro started Tuesday, in a 1-0 loss at last place Dibba Al Fujairah. The loss drops Shabab Al Ahli Dubai to 4th place in the Arabian Gulf League Table.
Shabab Al Ahli Dubai finds itself on a seven-match undefeated streak, that includes 6 wins, and sees them climb to 4th place in the Arabian Gulf League Table.
Omar Gonzalez (DFW - Atlas FC/Liga MX): Omar started Friday in a 0-0 draw against visiting Pachuca. The draw keeps Atlas 17th in the Liga MX Table.
Alejandro Zendejas (AP/FCD - Guadalajara/Liga MX): Alex is expected to start Friday for Guadalajara, in a scheduled friendly against Pachuca.
Fabian Castillo (FCD - Tijuana Xolos): Fabian started at Forward, Saturday for struggling Tijuana, in the 4-4-2 formation. Tijuana hosted Morelia, and found itself down 2-1 in the 71st minute, when Fabian made the kind of play that once made him an FCD favorite:
#Xolos lost 3-2, but Fabián Castillo had quite a game tonight.— #ThankYouDeuce (@JogaBonito_USA) November 11, 2018
1 key pass
13/20 duels won
Great goal, and 12 successful dribbles in a game is very high for any league. Haven't seen him play like that since #FCDallas days.#LigaMX #MLS pic.twitter.com/z4OvvbhUZX
It wasn’t enough, as Tijuana would go on to lose 3-2.
The loss drops Tijuana to 15th place in the Liga MX Table.
Blas Perez (FCD - Arabe Unido/Panama): Blas came off the bench in the 66th minute for Arabe Unido, in a 1-0 win at San Francisco. Arabe Unido finds itself in a four-game winning streak, climbing to 2nd place in the LPF Table.
Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador): Anibal did not feature for LDU Quito this week.
Major League Soccer
Kellyn Acosta (AP/FCD - Colorado Rapids): Kellyn was on bench for the USMNT against England, and came on in the 69th minute. Kellyn looked good in his short time on the field, but it was too little to late, as the US lost 3-0.
Lee Nguyen (DFW - Los Angeles FC) & Walker Zimmerman(FCD - Los Angeles FC): Walker is with the USMNT, but was a scratch for the 3-0 loss against England.