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Hoops Home and Abroad: Weston McKennie shines for USMNT

Walker Zimmerman and Keaton Parks weren’t too shabby themselves, as the trio saw action in at least one of the two USMNT matches.

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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.

A trio of players shined while on USMNT duty, Blas gets the call to the big show, and several players see Lamar Hunt US Open Cup action.


Europe

Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Weston McKennie got the start as the lone Defensive Midfielder (4-1-4-1) for the USMNT, against visiting Bolivia. McKennie bossed the midfield for the young USMNT:

The US would go on to a 3-0 victory over a Bolivia team full of 3rd choice players.

Weston McKennie got his second start in a row for the USMNT at Ireland. McKennies energy and work rate were on full display, and he completed 23 out of 27 passes, plus he had this:

McKennie didn’t actually get a goal, but he was picked by many as the “Man of the Match”, in a 2-1 loss to Ireland.

Next Match: France vs. USA, Saturday, June 9, 2:00pm

Keaton Parks (DFW - Benfica/Primeira Liga): Keaton suited up for the USMNT against visiting Bolivia. Keaton got his number called in the second half:

While Keaton was not one of the stand out performers in the match, he did enter as a bit of an unknown, and had a performance that left USA fans wanting to see more of him. Here is a Twitter thread, dedicated to all the Keaton Park highlights from the match:

The US would go on to a 3-0 victory over a Bolivia team full of 3rd choice players.

Keaton was with the USMNT in Ireland, but was a late scratch, and did not suit up in the 2-1 loss at Ireland.

Still no word on if Keaton will be fit in time to see minutes against France. With that said, Keaton is in France, with the USMNT:

Next Match: France vs. USA, Saturday, June 9, 2:00pm

Ramiro Funes Mori (DFW - Everton/Premier League): The negotiations between Everton FC and Monterrey have fallen apart, and Ramiro will not be joining the Liga MX club. That shouldn’t stop Ramiro transfer rumors from popping up, and there is already this talk:

Mexico - Season Concluded

Alex Zendejas has returned to Chivas de Guadalajara this season. Alex spent last season on loan to Ascenso MX side Atletico Zacatepec (Chivas reserve team), and featured for them in both the Apertura, and Clausura seasons.

Chivas has lost a significant amount of key players this offseason, and Alex stands to play significant minutes for Chivas next season.

Central America - Season Concluded

Blas Perez (FCD - CSD Municipal/Guatemala): At the spry age of 37, Blas is about to participate in the biggest stage on the world:

South America

Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador): Anibal looks to be finally healthy, and in form. Chala has started the last two matches for La Liga, a 3-0 win over visiting Delfin, and a 3-2 win at Independiente del Valle.

The two wins see LDU Quito remain 1st place in the Primera A Table.

This past week, Chala and his LDU Quito team mates, finally learned who their next opponents would be in the next round of the Copa Sudamericana, and the road they will face should they make a run to the final:

Next Match: LDU Quito vs. Emelec, Saturday, June 9, 6:30pm

Major League Soccer

Chris Seitz (FCD - Houston Dynamo): Chris continues to be the second choice net-minder for Houston, and as a result, Chris started Wednesday against visiting amateur side NTX Rayados in US Open Cup action. Chris earned a clean sheet, with three saves on the night, and the Dynamo advanced with a 5-0 victory. Houston will host Minnesota United FC in the US Open Cup round of 16.

Walker Zimmerman(FCD - Los Angeles FC): Walker got the start for the USMNT against Bolivia, and got the USMNT off to a winning start:

Zim would have himself the kind of match that gets you called back for the next USMNT camp:

Walker did not travel with the USMNT to Europe, and instead returned to LAFC, where he started against visiting FC Dallas. Walker did not have as good a match against his old team, and was subbed out in the 77th minutes to make room for former FC Dallas Academy player Shaft Brewer Jr., as LAFC was chasing after an equalizer. LAFC would go on to lose 2-1, and Walker finished with one tackle, three clearances, one blocked shot, four aerials won, and 88.2% passing.

Walker started Wednesday night, against visiting USL side Fresno FC. Walker played the full match, and helped the defense earn a clean sheet in a 2-0 victory. Shaft Brewer Jr., also saw action in this match, and played 27 minutes. The win sees LAFC advance to the USOC round of 16, where they will host Sacramento Republic FC (USL).

Next Match: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Los Angeles FC, Saturday, June 9, 9:30pm

Lee Nguyen (DFW - Los Angeles FC): #BringLeeHome took a completely different meaning, when Lee came home to Frisco, and started against FC Dallas on Saturday. It was not the welcome that Lee anticipated, as he struggled to be involved in the attack, and was subbed out in the 54th minute of the 2-1 loss against FC Dallas.

Lee got the start Wednesday night, against visiting USL side Fresno FC, in US Open Cup action. Lee would play the full match, in a 2-0 win for LAFC. The win sees LAFC advance to the USOC round of 16, where they will host Sacramento Republic FC (USL).

Next Match: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Los Angeles FC, Saturday, June 9, 9:30pm

Brek Shea (DFW - Vancouver Whitecaps): Brek’s versatility was on full display Saturday, as he started at Left Back for Vancouver, at the struggling Colorado Rapids.

Brek played the full match, and finished with two tackles, two interceptions, four clearances, one aerial won, one key pass, one shot attempt, and 85.3% passing. The Whitecaps would go on to win 2-1, their first win since April 28 of this year.

The win sees Vancouver move to 6th place in the Western Conference.

Next Match: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Orlando City SC, Saturday, June 9, 6:00pm

Richard Sanchez (AP/FCD - Chicago Fire): Richard started Wednesday night, at the Columbus Crew, in US Open action. Richard only had one save in 120 minutes, and allowed two goals, as the teams would finished tied 2-2, and went into what would be a record setting PK shootout:

Richard Sanchez would be the hero, as the Chicago Fire advanced to the USOC round of 16, where they will travel to Atlanta United FC.

USL

Connor Presley (DFW - San Antonio FC): Connor returned to the 18 after having missed several matches due to a minor injury. Connor would come on in the 84th minute, to help SAFC close out the match, on what would be a 2-1 victory over visiting Portland TImbers II.

Connor suited up Wednesday night in US Open Cup action, against visiting FC Dallas. Connor came on in the 68th minute, with SAFC trailing, and looking for an equalizer. Connor breathed some life into the SAFC attack, attempting one shot, and earning 1 corner, but it would not be enough in a 1-0 loss to FC Dallas. The loss sees San Antonio FC eliminated from the US Open Cup.

Walker Hume (FCD - Orange County SC): Walker started Saturday, at Sacramento Republic FC, and played the full match in a 1-0 loss.

Corben Bone (DFW - FC Cincinnati): Corben started Wednesday night, as FC Cincinnati hosted Minnesota United FC in US Open Cup action. He played the full 120 minutes, as FCC lost on PKs (3-1), and are now eliminated from the USOC.

Aaron Guillen (AP/FCD - North Carolina FC): Aaron started as a Center Back Wednesday night, at DC United, in US Open Cup action. Aaron would play the full 120 minutes, in a 1-1 draw that would see NCFC eliminated on PKs (4-3).

Je-Vaughn Watson (FCD - Charlotte Independence): Je-Vaughn started at Center Back for the Independence, as they travelled to Ottawa Fury FC on Saturday. Je-Vaughn would help Charlotte earn a clean sheet, on their way to a 1-0 victory.

Adonijah Reid ( Loan - Ottawa Fury) - Adonijah started Saturday, and played 63 minutes, in the 1-0 loss to the visiting Charlotte Independence.

Jesus Ferreira & Brandon Servania (Loan - Tulsa Roughnecks) - Jesus and Brandon were both on the bench Wednesday for FC Dallas, as they travelled to San Antonio FC for US Open Cup action. Both players did not see action, in a 1-0 FC Dallas win.