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Hoops Home and Abroad: Keaton Parks to get USMNT call-up

For those of you that have yet to see Keaton in action, you are in for a quite a treat.

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.

Keaton looks to be getting his first USMNT call-up, Weston finishes his season on a high note, and several players see action in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.


Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Weston got the start on Saturday, against visiting Eintracht Frankfurt, in what was the final match of the regular season. Weston had one of his best games of the season, tallying three tackles, one interception, two clearances, one aerial won, beat two defenders on the dribble, and had 85.1% passing with one key pass.

Schalke 04 would get a 1-0 victory, and ended the season 2nd place in the Bundesliga table. Schalke 04 has qualified for the Champions League.

Weston ended the season on a high note, and had a very solid year with Schalke 04:

Next Match: Season Concluded.

Keaton Parks (DFW - Benfica/Primeira Liga): Keaton suited up for Benfica’s senior team on Sunday, against visiting Moreirense. Keaton came on in the final minutes of injury time, to close out the match, in a 1-0 Benfica victory.

The win secures 2nd place in the Primeira Liga Table for Benfica, who qualifies for the Champions League.

Keaton spent his last three weeks of the season with the Benfica senior team, and while he did not get any meaningful minutes, Keaton was in the 18 for all three of those weeks. Benfica has made it no secret, that Keaton can expect an expanded role with the senior team next season. The USMNT has noticed, and as a result, this comes as no surprise at all:

Next Match: Season Concluded.

Ramiro Funes Mori (DFW - Everton/Premier League): Ramiro suited up on Sunday, and started the second half, in a 3-1 loss at West Ham United.

The loss sees Everton finish 8th place in the Premier League Table.

Next Match: Season Concluded

Mexico - Season Concluded

Central America - Season Concluded

South America

Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador): Anibal did not feature in LDU Quitos 2-1 win over visiting Macara.

The win sees LDU Quito remain 1st place in the Primera A Table.

Next Match: El Nacional vs. LDU Quito, Sunday, May 20, 12:00pm

Major League Soccer

Chris Seitz (FCD - Houston Dynamo): Chris suited up Friday, but did not play, in a 2-2 draw at the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The draw sees Houston drop to 8th place in the Western Conference.

Walker Zimmerman(FCD) & Lee Nguyen (DFW - Los Angeles FC): Walker got his 7th start of the season for LAFC, against visiting New York City FC. Walker had a monster game for LAFC, with the highlight of the match being this:

Walker’s header would result in a NYCFC own goal. Walker would finish the day with 1 tackle, a team high eight interceptions, and a team high six clearances, a team high three aerials won, and one blocked shot.

Lee suited up for LAFC, and came on in the 78th minute, with LAFC looking to break a 2-2 tie. LAFC would have to settle for a 2-2 draw.

The draw keeps LAFC 2nd place in the Western Conference.

Next Match: Portland Timbers vs. Los Angeles FC, Saturday, May 19th, 2:00pm

Brek Shea (DFW - Vancouver Whitecaps): Brek suited up Saturday, against the visiting Houston Dynamo, and came on in the 83rd minute with both teams tied at 1-1. The game would end in a wild fashion, as both teams would score late goals, that saw the match end in a 2-2 draw.

Brek suited up Wednesday night, against the visiting San Jose Earthquake, and came on in the 81st minute of a 2-2 draw.

The two draws combine to see Vancouver drop to 4th place in the Western Conference.

Next Match: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. San Jose Earthquakes, Wednesday, May 16, 9:30pm

Richard Sanchez (AP/FCD - Chicago Fire): Richard had a good laugh at last weeks rumor:

Just a reminder that the summer silly season is upon us. Some people take even false rumors seriously, so Richard had to make an official statement to the press:

Millwall also officially denied the rumor:

Richard started Saturday at the Columbus Crew, and had 2 saves, but allowed 3 goals in a 3-0 loss for the Fire.

The loss sees the Fire remain 7th place in the Eastern Conference.


Conor Presley (DFW - San Antonio FC): Conor did not feature for San Antonio this week.

Walker Hume (FCD - Orange County SC): Walker started Saturday, in a 1-1 draw against visiting Saint Louis FC.

Walker started Wednesday night, in US Open Cup action against FC Golden State Force. OCSC would go on to suffer a big upset, in a 4-2 loss, that sees them eliminated from the USOC.

Aaron Guillen (AP/FCD - North Carolina FC): Aaron started at Left Back, Wednesday night in US Open Cup action, against Lansdowne Bhoys. North Carolina FC would get a 3-0 victory, and now advance to the next round.

Adonijah Reid ( Loan - Ottawa Fury) - Adonijah started Saturday, against visiting Atlanta United FC II. Adonijah started on the left wing, and had a really good game, with one shot taken, and three key passes, including this beauty:

Atlanta United FC II brought a team full of talented teenagers, but it would be 18 year old Adonijah Reid that stole the show, in a 2-0 win for Ottawa.

Jesus Ferreira (Loan - Tulsa Roughnecks) - Jesus got his first start for the Tulsa Roughnecks, against the visiting Phoenix Rising. Jesus played 67 minutes, and only had 13 touches, mainly because the Tulsa midfield was getting owned by Phoenix. It was 2-1 at the time Jesus subbed out, and then everything would go south from there for Tulsa, in a 5-1 defeat.