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.
Ramiro finally got back on the pitch, and Keaton learned what's in store for him this summer.
Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga: Weston suited up Saturday, against visiting Borussia Dortmund (Christian Pulisic started the whole match). Weston came on in the 71st minute, with Schalke 04 holding on to a 1-0 lead against their biggest rivals. Weston was not much of a factor, but Schalke 04 would still go on to win 2-0.
The win sees Schalke 04 solidify their grip on second place in the Bundesliga Table.
Weston suited up, but did not play Wednesday night, in the DFB Pokal semi final, against visiting Eintracht Frankfurt. Schalke 04 would go on to lose 1-0, and are now eliminated from the competition.
Next Match: Koln vs. Schalke 04, Sunday, April 22, 11:00am
Keaton Parks (DFW - Benfica/Primeira Liga): Keaton started for Benfica II this Sunday, at Aouca. Keaton played 61 minutes in the 1-0 loss.
The loss sees Benfica II drop to 14th place in the Segunda Liga Table.
It looks like Keaton will be traveling to the US this summer, and he’ll have a very interesting match-up to look forward to:
Next Match: Sporting CP II vs. Benfica II, Sunday, April 23, 9:00am
Ramiro Funes Mori (DFW - Everton/Premier League): Ramiro suited up Saturday, at Swansea City. Ramiro came on in the 76th minute, and had 5 clearances to help Everton gain a point on the road, in a 1-1 draw. This was Ramiros first action since suffering a knee injury back in July. It was long overdue, and perhaps, this is just a coincidence:
The draw keeps Everton FC 9th place in the Premier League Table.
Next Match: Everton FC vs. Newcastle FC, Monday, April 24, 2:00pm
Mexico - Clausura Torneo
Omar Gonzales (DFW - Pachuca/Liga MX): Omar was back in the starting line-up for Pachuca on Saturday, against visiting Santos Laguna. Omar had a solid game, and Pachuca would go on to get a 3-1 victory.
The win moves Pachuca up to 8th place in the Liga MX Clausura Table.
Next Match: Queretaro vs. Pachuca, Saturday, April 21, 5:00pm
Alejandro Zendejas (FCD/AP - Atletico Zacatepec/Ascenso MX): Alex started Sunday, in the 2nd Leg of the Clausura playoffs, at Alebrijes De Oaxaca. Alex started the full match, and Zacatepec would go on to lose 1-0. Zacatepec lost the series by a 2-1 aggregate score, and their season is now at an end.
Central America & South America
Nicholas Hagen (AP - Municipal/Guatemala), Blas Perez (FCD - Municipal/Guatemala): Nick and Blas both started on Friday, in a 2-1 loss against visiting Antigua GFC.
Blas started Wednesday, in a 1-0 loss against visiting Coban Imperial.
The 2 losses drop Municipal to 9th place in the Liga Nacional Clausura Table
Next Match: Suchitepequez vs. Municipal, Sunday, April 22, 12:00pm
Moises Hernandez (FCD/AP - Comunicaciones/Guatemala): Moises started Friday at Coban Imperial. . Moises played the full match, receiving a yellow card in the 42nd minute, and Los Cremas lost 2-1.
Moises started Tuesday, at Siquinala. Moises played the full match, and received his 2nd yellow card of the week in the 70th minute, as Los Cremas managed a 1-1 road draw.
The loss and draw, keep Los Cremas 7th place in the Liga Nacional Clausura Table.
Next Match: Comunicaciones vs. Malacateco, Saturday, April 21, 6:00pm
Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador): Anibal did not feature for LDU Quito this week.
Major League Soccer
Lee Nguyen (DFW - New England): Lee did not feature for New England this week.
Brek Shea (FCD - Vancouver Whitecaps): Brek suited up Saturday, against visiting LAFC. Brek came on in the 70th minute, and Vancouver lost 2-0.
The loss sees Vancouver to 2nd place in the Western Conference.
The win sees Chicago to 9th place in the Eastern Conference.
Conor Presley (DFW - San Antonio FC): Conor suited up Saturday, and came on in the 80th minute of a 3-0 loss against visiting Orange County SC.
Walker Hume (FCD - Orange County SC): Walker started Saturday at San Antonio FC. Walker played the full match, and OCSC won 3-0.
This is the 4th win in a row, and 4th consecutive clean sheet for Orange County SC. Walker has helped anchor the defense in three of those matches.
Aaron Guillen (AP/FCD - North Carolina FC): Aaron did not feature for NCFC this week, due to a red card suspension.