Welcome back to another week of our coverage of players with connections to FC Dallas, the FCD Academy, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga: Weston returned to the starting lineup on Friday, after having missed two matches while recovering from a minor injury. In his absence, Schalke 04 suffered two defeats by a combined 7-0 score. McKennie started strong against Werder Bremen, notching an assist in the opening goal of the match. It would all go down hill from there, as Schalke 04 would suffer a 4-2 road defeat. The loss dropped Schalke 04 to 14th place in the Bundesliga Table.
McKennie started Tuesday, in UEFA Champions League action, at Manchester City. Schalke 04 entered the match down 3-2 on aggregate, and needed to come up big. In an odd move, and one seen by many as a further sign that McKennie will be transferred come summer, McKennie started at Right back. It was a complete disaster for McKennie and his team, as they were trounced by a score of 7-0. Schalke 04 is eliminated from the UEFA Champions League.
It wasn’t all bad news for Weston, who got officially called up for the USMNT on Tuesday:
Anton Nedyalkov (FCD - Ludogorets/Bulgaria): Anton started at Left back on Sunday, in a 2-0 win at 3rd place Levski Sofia. The win keeps Ludogorets a top the Bulgarian First League Table.
Chris Richards (AP/FCD - Bayern Munich/U19 Bundesliga): Chris started Saturday in a 4-4 draw against 1st place Stuttgart U19. The draw keep Bayern Munich U19, 3rd place in the U19 Bundesliga (Sud) Table, six points out of 1st place.
Chris was the lone player with ties to FCD, invited to the USMNT U20 camp:
super excited to be back with this group of guys next week https://t.co/oP4G7HYGR8— chris richards (@eastmamba) March 14, 2019
Ramiro Funes Mori (DFW - Villarreal/La Liga): Ramiro started at the heart of the 3 man backline on Thursday, for their UEFA Europa League match against visiting Zenit (Russia). Villarreal would go on to earn a massive 3-1 home win in the 1st leg of their series.
Ramiro started Sunday, in a big 2-0 win at Levante. The win sees Villarreal jump to 17th place in La Liga Table, just one point above the relegation zone.
Emerson Hyndman (DFW - Bournemouth/EPL): Emerson continues to waste away on the Bournemouth bench.
Getterson (FCD- Maritimo/Liga NOS): Getterson was on the bench Saturday, against visiting 5th place Moreirense. Maritimo would find themselves down 2-0, only 13 minutes into the match. Getterson would enter the match in the 22nd minute, as Maritimo would switch to a more attack minded formation. Getterson would have an immediate impact on the match, as he would score on a beautiful header of a combo play. Can’t find a video of the goal itself, but if you forward the match highlights to 1:48 seconds, you will be treated to a thing of beauty:
Getterson’s goal would spark the comeback, as Maritimo would rally for a 3-2 win. The win moves Maritimo to 11th place in the Liga NOS Table.
David Texeira (FCD-Moreirense/Liga NOS): David started in the 3-2 loss against Maritimo. Despite the loss, Moreirense remains 5th place in the Liga NOS Table.
Mauro Diaz (FCD - Shabab Al Ahli Dubai/UAE): Mauro started on Friday, in the semifinals of the UAE League Cup, at Al Nasr. The match would end in a 1-1 draw, and would go to PKs, and Mauro would go on to score the deciding PK, in a 3-1 PK victory that sees Shabab Al Ahli Dubai advance to the Final of the UAE League Cup.
Mexico & Central America
Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW-Monterrey): Rogelio started Saturday against Tigres UANL, and got Monterrey off to a good start:
The goal wouldn’t be enough, as Tigres UANL would strike late to ensure a 1-1 draw. Despite the draw, Monterrey still finds itself 3rd place in Liga MX, just 1 point behind the leader.
Rogelio started Wednesday night, in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League action against Atlanta United FC. Monterrey entered their 2nd leg match at Atlanta, up 3-0, with Atlanta United needing to score at least three goals to send it to PKs. Monterrey would go scoreless, with Rogelio coming close to scoring:
Despite being held scoreless, Monterrey would only allow 1 goal, and would go on to win the series by a 3-1 aggregate score. The win sees Monterrey advance to the SCCL Semifinals.
Fabian Castillo (FCD - Tijuana Xolos): Fabian did not feature for Xolos this past week, as he is still recovering from injury.
On Tuesday, Oscar Pareja’s team defeated Morelia 1-0 in Copa MX. The win sees Xolos advance to the Copa MX Semifinals.
Omar Gonzalez (DFW - Atlas FC/Liga MX): Omar started Friday, in a 2-0 loss against visiting Cruz Azul. The loss, is the 6th straight defeat across all competitions for Atlas, and sees them drop to 15th place in the Liga MX Table.
Alejandro Zendejas (AP/FCD - Guadalajara/Liga MX): Although he did make the 18 for Chivas this past weekend, Alex did not play in a 0-0 draw at Queretaro.
Nick Haden (AP - Municipal/Guatemala): Nick did not start this weekend for Municipal.
Major League Soccer
Tesho Akindele (FCD - Orlando City SC): Tesho got the start for the second week in a row, but had to leave the match in the 21st minute, due to a hamstring injury. Orlando would blow a 1-0 lead at the death, having to settle for a 1-1 draw at the Chicago Fire.
Maynor started Tuesday night at Center Back, in SCCL action at Tigres UANL. Maynor would play 75 minutes in 1-0 loss. Houston losses the series by a 3-0 aggregate score, and are eliminated from the SCCL.
Lee Nguyen (DFW) & Walker Zimmerman(FCD - Los Angeles FC): Lee and Walker both started Saturday against the visiting Portland Timbers. Walker would finish the match with one tackle, three clearances, two blocked shot, two aerials won, and 1 shot at goal. Lee would have three key passes, one shot attempt, and 90.9% passing. LAFC would go on to hand Portland a 4-1 defeat.
Roland Lamah (FCD), Victor Ulloa (FCD/AP) Eric Alexander (FCD) & Corben Bone (DFW- FC Cincinnati): Roland and Victor both started for FCC, as they were on the road against Atlanta United FC. Atlanta United completely controlled the match, holding a 66.3% to 33.7% posesion advantage, and outshooting FCC 10 to four, and quickly taking a 1-0 lead just five minutes into the match. Despite all of that, FCC continued to hang around, in hope of finding the equalizer. With minutes left in the match, Roland Lamah came to his teams rescue:
Roland’s late strike would secure a point on the road for the expansion side, as the match would end in a 1-1 draw.
Maxi Urruti (FCD - Montreal Impact): Maxi struggled badly on Saturday, in the 2-1 loss at the Chicago Fire. He would finish the day with just one shot attempt, only 23 touches, and 71.4% passing accuracy.
Devin Vega (AP - Phoenix Rising): Devin was a 78th minute sub, as Phoenix took a point on the road against Vega’s old team, in a 3-3 draw against San Antonio FC.
Aaron Guillen (AP/FCD - North Carolina FC): Aaron started at Left Back, in a convincing 4-1 win against the visiting USL defending champions Louisville City FC.
Connor Pressley (AP - Loudoun United):
Connor started on Saturday, despite recently being signed. Connor would struggle, only completing 57% of his passes, in a 2-0 loss at Nashville SC.
Meanwhile, in other news:
CONFIRMADO!!— Josué Pazmiño F. (@JPazminoEC) March 2, 2019
Anibal Chalá dejaría #LDU y viajó a cerrarar su vinculación con el Sabah FK del fútbol de Azerbaiyán.
De esta manera,el lateral, pasaría de filas de #lduq, al elenco que esta en la 5ta posición de la máxima categoría del país asiático.@LDU_Oficial @somos_liga pic.twitter.com/gOvJjogdE6