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 returned to action, Keaton continues his solid play in Portugal, and Aaron Guillen got himself in trouble.
Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga: Weston suited up for Schalke 04 Saturday, at Hamburg SV. Weston came on to start the second half, and Schalke 04 would end up losing 3-2.
The loss keeps Schalke 04, 2nd place in the Bundesliga Table.
Next Match: Schalke 04 vs. Borussia Dortmund, Sunday, April 15, 8:30am
Keaton Parks (DFW - Benfica/Primeira Liga): Keaton started for Benfica II, Saturday at Penafiel. Keaton played the full match, and Benfica II had to settle for a 1-1 draw, after giving up an own goal.
Keaton started Wednesday for Benfica II, against visiting Leixoes. The match was all knotted up at zero, well into the second half, when Keaton put the home team ahead:
The match would be an embarrassing 2-1 home loss for Benfica II, as their opponents played with 10 men from the 25th minute on.
The draw and loss see Benfica II drop to 13th place in the Segunda Liga Table.
Next Match: Arouca vs. Benfica II, Sunday, April 15, 10:00am
Ramiro Funes Mori (DFW - Everton/Premier League): Ramiro suited up, but did not play in the 0-0 draw against visiting Liverpool.
The draw sees Everton FC drop to 9th place in the Premier League Table.
Next Match: Swansea City vs. Everton FC, Saturday, April 14, 9:00 am
Mexico - Clausura Torneo
Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Atletico Zacatepec/Ascenso MX): Alex started Sunday night, in the 1st Leg of the Clausura Playoffs, against visiting Alebrijes De Oaxaca. Alex played the full 90, as Zacatepec needed a late goal, to salvage a 1-1 home draw.
Next Match: Leg 2, Alebrijes De Oaxaca vs. Atletico Zacatepec, Sunday, April 15, 7:00pm
Central America & South America
Nicholas Hagen (AP - Municipal/Guatemala), Blas Perez (FCD - Municipal/Guatemala): Nick and Blas both started Sunday, at Guastatoya. It would be a rough day for both, as Municipal would lose 2-0, and are now on a four-match winless streak.
The loss drops Municipal to 8th place in the Liga Nacional Clausura Table
Next Match: Municipal vs. Antigua GFC, Friday, April 13, 9:00pm
Moises Hernandez (FCD/AP - Comunicaciones/Guatemala): Moises started Saturday, against visiting Deportivo Petapa. Moises played the full match, and Los Cremas would go on to earn a 3-2 victory.
The win sees Los Cremas to 7th place in the Liga Nacional Clausura Table.
Next Match: Coban Imperial vs. Comunicaciones, Saturday, April 14, 8:00pm
Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador): Anibal did not suit up Tuesday, as LDU Quito earned a 2-1 victory over visiting Guabira (Bolivia), in Leg 1 of their Copa Sudamericana serie.
Next Match: LDU Quito vs. El Nacional, Saturday, April 14, 6:00pm
Major League Soccer
Chris Seitz (FCD - Houston Dynamo): No match scheduled
Next Match: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo, Saturday, April 14, 9:30pm
Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England): No match scheduled last week
Brek Shea (DFW - Vancouver Whitecaps): Brek suited Saturday at Real Salt Lake. Brek came on in the 74th minute, with Vancouver trailing 2-0. Brek kept Vancouver from being shut out, with this goal in stoppage time:
Vancouver would end up losing 2-1.
The loss sees Vancouver to 2nd place in the Western Conference.
Next Match: Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, Saturday, April 7, 8:30pm
Richard Sanchez (AP/FCD - Chicago Fire): Richard started Saturday against the visiting Columbus Crew. Richard had 2 saves, and earned his first clean sheet of the season, in a 1-0 home win.
The win sees Chicago to 9th place in the Eastern Conference.
Next Match: Chicago Fire vs. LA Galaxy, Saturday, April 14, 2:30pm
Conor Presley (DFW - San Antonio FC): Conor got his second start of the season, Saturday against the visiting Swope Park Rangers. Conor played 59 minutes on the right wing, and San Antonio FC got a 1-1 home draw.
Walker Hume (FCD - Orange County SC): Walker suited up, but did not play in a 3-0 victory over the visiting LA Galaxy II.
Aaron Guillen (AP/FCD - North Carolina FC): Aaron started for NCFC at center back, this past Saturday against the visiting Indy Eleven.
In a very bizarre moment just minutes into stoppage time, Aaron got a straight red for a prolonged wrestling match with an Indy Eleven player. The accident happened right after Guillen’s teammate and former FCD player Kyle Bekker, had just missed a PK that would have tied the match up. Instead, the failed PK lead to a corner kick for NCFC, and during this corner kick, Aaron got tangled with an Indy defender. Both players wrestled on the ground long enough to force the ref to stop ongoing play, and then have to run over to the players, where the ref forcefully separated the two. Both players received straight reds, and North Carolina lost 1-0.