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.
With the International break recently coming to an end, we catch up on a couple of weeks worth of action.
Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga: On Tuesday (9-11-2018) Weston got the start for the USMNT against Mexico, but had to leave before halftime of the 1-0 win, due to a potential knee injury. That left many USMNT and Schalke 04 fans rather anxious to here the extent of the injury, many worried would turn out to be a knee sprain. Weston received some very good news:
Weston returned to Schalke to receive further treatment, and was cleared in time to start this Tuesday in UEFA Champions League action against visiting Porto (Portugal). The teams played pretty evenly, until in the second half Weston made his move:
WESTON MCKENNIE— USMNT Only (@usmntonly) September 18, 2018
THE ASSIST pic.twitter.com/S1gwXzwA0N
Schalke 04 would take the lead momentarily, but Porto would soon equalize, and the game would end in a 1-1 draw.
Next Match: Schalke 04 vs. Bayern Munich, Saturday, September 22, 11:30am
Keaton Parks (DFW - Benfica/Primeira Liga): Keaton is currently training with his team during the international break.
Next Match: Benfica II vs. Varzim, Sunday, September 23, 10:00am
Anton Nedyalkov (FCD - Ludogorets/Bulgaria): Anton started against visiting FC Vereya last Friday, and scored in the 78th minute of a 2-1 win.
Anton started Thursday in UEFA Europa League action against visiting Bayer Leverkusen (Germany). Ludogorets would jump out to a 2-0 lead early in the first half, but would fail to maintain their lead, and lost 3-2.
Next Match: Botev Plovdiv vs. Ludogorets, Sunday, September 23, 12:00 pm
Chris Richards (AP/FCD - Bayern Munich/U19 Bundesliga): Chris was with the USMNT U20’s last week, and started several games as they finished 2nd place to the USMNT U19s, in the 2018 U.S. Soccer U20 Men’s Invitational. The U20’s would win two games, but lost to the U19s by a 1-0 score.
Richards started Saturday at Freiburg U19, and with Bayern jumping out to a 3-0 lead, he helped the team extend it to 4:
Chris Richards' goal for Bayern's U19s today. pic.twitter.com/BYbvrgjZhQ— USMNT Videos (@USMNTvideos) September 16, 2018
The goal is Richards second of the season for Bayern, both of them off set pieces. Still, it wasn’t enough, as Freiburg would mount a furious rally to force a 4-4 draw at the death.
Wednesday, Chris Richards and Bayern Munich U19 began group play in the UEFA Youth League. They are in Group E, with AEK Athens U19 (Greece), Ajax U19 (Netherlands), and Benfica U19 (Portugal). In a departure from U19 league play, Richards started at left back for Bayern Munich U19 at Benfica U19. It was all Benfica on the day, as Bayern would go on to lose 3-0.
Next Match: Bayern Munich U19 vs. Nurnberg U19, Sunday, September 23, 6:00am
Ramiro Funes Mori (DFW - Valencia/La Liga): Ramiro started for the Argentina National Team on Tuesday (9-11-18), in a 0-0 friendly draw against Colombia.
Emerson Hyndman (DFW - Hibernian/Scottish PL): Emerson started on Saturday against visiting Kilmarnock, and played 72 minutes in a 3-2 win.
Next Match: Dundee vs. Hibernian, Saturday, September 22, 9:00am
Middle East - Preseason
Mauro Diaz (FCD - Shabab Al Ahli Dubai/UAE): Mauro started on the road against Ajman this past Saturday. With both teams tied at 1 a piece in the second half, Mauro combined with fellow Argentine player Emiliano Vecchio for the game winner:
Pendant ce temps Mauro Diaz est à deux passes décisives en deux matchs et permet au Shabab d'aller chercher sa première victoire de la saison.— FC_Dallas FR (@FCDallasFR1) September 15, 2018
Content pour lui ❤️❤️ #Shabab #MauroDiaz pic.twitter.com/rq6vkTVxOE
This was Mauro’s second assist of the season, in as many games, and Shabab Al Ahli Dubai would go on to post a 3-1 road victory.
Mauro started Thursday against 1st place Al Sharja, as Shabab Al Ahli Dubai would go on to lose 2-1.
Shabab Al Ahli Dubai FC is currently 6th place in the Arabian Gulf League Table.
Next Match: Al Ain vs. Shabab Al Ahli Dubai, Friday, September 28, 11:00am
Omar Gonzalez (DFW - Atlas FC/Liga MX): Omar started on Thursday (9-13-2018), in Copa MX action at Atletico Zacatepec (Ascenso MX). Atlas is currently the worst team in Liga MX, and they needed a draw to advance out of their group. Atlas would go on to lose 3-2 against the Mexico Division 2 side, and are now eliminated from Copa MX.
Omar started Saturday against visiting Tijuana, in a foul mired match that saw 5 yellow cards, and both teams finish with 10 men on the field. Atlas would lose 1-0 to remain dead last in the Liga MX Table.
Next Match: Cruz Azul vs. Atlas, Saturday, September 22, 9:00pm
Alejandro Zendejas (AP/FCD - Guadalajara/Liga MX): Alex was on the bench in Los Angeles on Sunday (9-9-2018), as Chivas faced off against Club America, in the Super Clasico USA. Alex would come on in the 58th minutes, as the teams would play to a 1-1 draw.
Blas Perez (FCD - Arabe Unido/Panama): Blas started Saturday (9-8-2019), as Arabe Unido would play down (due to a red card) a man, in a 2-0 loss at Independiente.
Blas started Thursday at Herediano in the 1st leg of their series in the Scotiabank CONCACAF League semifinals. Arabe Unido would be unable to generate ant offense, and would lose 2-0.
Next Match: Arabe Unido vs. Alianza, Sunday, September 23, 6:00 pm
Anibal Chala (FCD - LDU Quito, Loan/Ecuador): Anibal has not featured for LDU Quito since the International break concluded
Major League Soccer
Kellyn Acosta (AP/FCD - Colorado Rapids): Kellyn started at Right Mid for the USMNT against Mexico, in the 1-0 win.
Kellyn started against visiting Atlanta United FC, and even though he had four shot attempts (only one on target), Colorado was simply no match for the high powered Atlanta attack. Colorado would go on to lose 3-0.
Lee Nguyen (DFW - Los Angeles FC) & Walker Zimmerman(FCD - Los Angeles FC): Lee and Walker both started Saturday against visiting New England, in a hard fought 1-1 draw.
Francis Atuahene (FCD/Loan - Oklahoma City Energy): Francis has not featured for the Energy for quite some time, and looks like a waste of a loan.
Adonijah Reid ( Loan - Ottawa Fury) - Adonijah started Saturday at the Richmond Kickers, in a 2-0 win.
The win sees Ottawa to 7th place in the Eastern Conference.
Brandon Servania & Jesus Ferreira Jr. (Loan - Tulsa Roughnecks): Brandon was with the USMNT U20s, and participated in the 2nd place finish at the 2018 U.S. Soccer U20 Men’s Invitational.
Jesus started Wednesday against visiting Sacramento Republic. Jesus had zero shot attempts before being subbed out in the 77th minute. Brandon came off the bench in the 63rd minute with his team trailing 2-1, but that was as close as Tulsa would get, as Sacramento would pull away to hand Tulsa a 4-1 defeat.