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.
Emerson returned to Scotland, Richards made his official Bayern U19 debut, and Kellyn left it all on the field for the Rapids.
Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga: Weston was on the bench last Saturday, as Schalke 04 hosted Fiorentina in a club friendly. Weston would come off the bench in the second half, and joined in on the fun:
Schalke 04 would go on to a 3-0 victory.
Weston got the start Friday, as Schalke 04 traveled to FC Schweinfurt (German 4th Division), in DFB Pokal (German Cup) action. Schalke 04 would cruise to a 2-0 win.
Next Match: Wolfsburg vs. Schalke 04, Saturday, August 18, 8:30am
Keaton Parks (DFW - Benfica/Primeira Liga): Keaton is back playing with Benfica II, and started Saturday in a 2-1 victory against Leixoes.
Next Match: Auroka vs. Benfica II, Sunday, August 19, 5:15am
Anton Nedyalkov (FCD - Ludogorets/Bulgaria): Anton came off the bench in the final minutes of a 1-1 draw at Zrinjski.
Chris Richards (AP/FCD - Bayern Munich/U19 Bundesliga): After having missed last week with a minor injury, Chris made his regular season debut for Bayern Munich U19. Chris got the start, and played 60 minutes in a 3-1 victory over visiting Ingolstadt U19.
Next Match: Frankfurt U19 vs. Bayern Munich U19, Saturday, August 18, 4:00am
Ramiro Funes Mori (DFW - Valencia/La Liga): Ramiro has been called up by Argentina for their upcoming friendlies, against Guatemala and Colombia.
La lista completa.— Todo River 14 (@TodoRiver8) August 17, 2018
Como decíamos antes: Armani, Palacios y Pity Martinez de los actuales jugadores de River.
En cuanto a los ex River: Mercado, Ramiro Funes Mori, Pezzela y Gio Simeone.#VamosRiver pic.twitter.com/VD6YwC8aun
Emerson Hyndman (DFW - Hibernian/Scottish PL): Emerson started Sunday, making his Hibernian league debut at St. Johnstone. Emerson played 63 minutes in a 1-1 draw.
Emerson was on the bench Thursday, as Hibernian travelled to Molde (Norway 1st Division), in the 2nd leg of their UEFA Europa League qualification series. Emerson would come on in the 60th minute, as Hibernian would lose 3-0, and was thus eliminated from the competition.
Next Match: Scottish League Cup, Hibernian vs. Ross County, Sunday, August 19, 9:00am
Middle East - Preseason
Mauro Diaz (FCD - Shabab AL Ahli Dubai/UAE): Mauro and his team are currently in Spain, playing friendlies against Spanish 2nd Division sides.
Une photo de la présaison de Mauro Diaz avec le Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai FC. pic.twitter.com/JzjD4uKEby— FC_Dallas FR (@FCDallasFR1) August 16, 2018
Omar Gonzalez (DFW - Atlas FC/Liga MX): Omar got the start last Saturday, in a 0-0 draw at Lobos BUAP.
Alejandro Zendejas (AP/FCD - Guadalajara/Liga MX): Alex got the start Tuesday, as Guadalajara hosted Alebrijes De Oaxaca (Ascenso MX) in Copa MX action. Alex played 68 minutes, in a 1-0 Guadalajara victory. The win sees Chivas lock up 1st place in group 8, and are now guaranteed advancement to the next round.
Blas Perez (FCD - Arabe Unido/Panama): Blas made his Arabe Unido regular season debut on Sunday, coming of the bench to start the second half, in a 1-0 loss at Universitario.
Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador): Anibal got the start on Monday, as LDU Quito got a 1-1 draw against visiting Aucas. Now healthy, Anibal looks to have locked down the starting Leftback position.
Major League Soccer
Kellyn Acosta (AP/FCD - Colorado Rapids): Kellyn has been on fire since joining Colorado, as he has posted two goal and one assist in his first three games for the Rapids. Tuesday, Kellyn got his fourth start in a row, and offered up a different kind of highlight:
Kellyn would have to be replaced in the 50th minute, but his team would rally for a 2-2 draw at the LA Galaxy.
Lee Nguyen (DFW - Los Angeles FC) & Walker Zimmerman(FCD - Los Angeles FC): Lee got the start on Wednesday, against visiting Real Salt Lake. Walker was on the bench, but would not see action in a 2-0 win for LAFC.
Francis Atuahene (FCD/Loan) & Atiba Harris (FCD - Oklahoma City Energy FC): Atiba started Saturday, in a 3-2 win over the Real Monarchs. A huge win over the Western Conference leading Monarchs, that keeps OKC just five points out of the final playoff spot.
Adonijah Reid ( Loan - Ottawa Fury) - Adonijah was on the bench Wednesday, as Ottawa hosted the Richmond Kickers. Adonijah would come off the bench in the 56th minute of an Ottawa 2-0 win.
The win sees Ottawa to 8th place in the Eastern Conference.
Brandon Servania & Jesus Ferreira Jr. (Loan - Tulsa Roughnecks): Brandon and Jesus both started Saturday, as Tulsa hosted the Colorado Springs Switchbacks. Jesus had a very good match on the attacking end, finishing with a shot on goal, 3 key passes, and 80% passing.
Brandon wasn’t too shabby himself, ending with 4 shot attempts, 2 key passes, 4 tackles, and 86% passing. Tulsa would go on to earn a 2-1 victory. Only the second win this season for the Roughnecks.