Welcome back to our coverage of players with connections to FC Dallas, the FCD Academy, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Lots of activity involving players connected to FCD, as the preseason action across Europe kicks into gear.
Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Weston was seen yesterday in Frisco, attending FC Dallas practice, handing out hugs and handshakes.
Weston will have a new coach next season, and there are rumors that he may even get the captains band:
Carlos Gruezo (FCD - FC Augsburg/Bundesliga): Carlos, if you haven’t heard by now, has joined FC Augsburg:
DONE DEAL! ✍️— FC Augsburg English (@FCA_World) July 2, 2019
FC Augsburg have signed Ecuador international Carlos #Gruezo from MLS side @FCDallas!
The midfielder has signed a 5 year contract until 2024! Welcome to Augsburg, Carlos! #FCA ❤️ ⚪ pic.twitter.com/VlixQeT3Bu
Not only has Gruezo joined his new team for preseason preparations, but he has already seen action with FC Augsburg. Yesterday, FC Augsburg had their first friendly against German 6th Division side FC Gundelfingen. Carlos Gruezo entered the friendly at the beginning of the second half, with his team leading 3-0. Gruezo looked good, and comfortable throughout, as his team would go on to win 6-0.
Hey, don’t just take my word for it, see for yourself. Here for your viewing pleasure, is Carlos Gruezo and FC Augsburg in their first match against FC Gundelfingen (2nd half starts 33 minutes into the video):
Anton Nedyalkov (FCD - Ludogorets/Bulgaria): Anton started in a friendly, Wednesday, a 2-1 loss at Ferencvaros (Hungary D1). The match was played in front of what looked like a packed house (22,000 capacity).
If you’re curious, here’s the match in it’s entirety:
Chris Richards (AP/FCD - Bayern Munich/U19 Bundesliga): Bayern Munich II posted their official group picture on Wednesday:
The Bayern II squad for the 19/20 season... featuring Chris Richards and / Timothy Tillman pic.twitter.com/5TmK5OaVSm— Bayern Fan Club LI (@FCBlongislandNY) July 10, 2019
Ramiro Funes Mori (DFW - Villarreal/La Liga): Ramiro is in Monterrey, Mexico. He is there visiting his brother Rogelio, for some quality family time:
¡FÍRMALO, FUNES!— Soy Rayado (@SomosRayados) July 8, 2019
El defensor central, Ramiro Funes Mori, se encuentra en Monterrey con nuestro delantero, su hermano, Rogelio Funes Mori. ¿No sería épico tener a los dos hermanos en Rayados?
Piénsenlo @funesmoriofi25 @rogelio7funes acá hacen la carnita cuando gusten. pic.twitter.com/YSuz2hLHPO
Getterson (FCD- Maritimo/Liga NOS): Yesterday, Getterson started for Maritimo in a friendly against the Maritimo U23s. Getterson would only play the first half, but he would finish the match with a brace, as he scored the first two goals of the match, and Maritimo would go on to win 4-1.
David Texeira (FCD-Moreirense/Liga NOS): David played in the second half of a friendly 2-0 win over Portuguese lower league side Berco SC.
Christian Cappis (AP - Hobro IK/Danish Superliga): Christian had a very good first season with Hobro IK:
Christian Cappis - Hobro 2018-2019 Stats— Jay Cappis (@jaycappis) June 29, 2019
17 game rosters
1 man-of-the-match selection
341 minutes pic.twitter.com/uNpxYLxDwx
Christian may be in line for a big increase in playing time, as Hobro IK just saw the transfer of Vito Hammershoy, who was directly ahead of Cappis in the rotation for playing time.
Mexico & Central America
Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW-Monterrey): Rogelio spent the week hosting his brother Ramiro.
Nick Haden (AP - Municipal/Guatemala): Nick is currently in Belgium, as he is a trialist for KV Kortrijk (D1):
¡POR EL SUEÑO EUROPEO!— Marca Sports GT (@MarcaSportsGT) July 10, 2019
Así es un día de entrenamiento de Nicholas Hagen con el equipo el KV Kortrijk de la Primera División de Bélgica, con el que espera firmar contrato. #MarcaSportsGT pic.twitter.com/Z1CxapjOyP
Nick has impressed, and is expected to be signed.
Major League Soccer & USL Championship
Emerson Hyndman (DFW - Atlanta United FC): Emerson debuted for Atlanta United FC, getting the start against visiting St. Louis FC in USOC action.
It didn't take long for Emerson to endear himself to the Atlanta United faithful:
USOC | Love seeing Emerson Hyndman (23) in a starting XI!— Football Wonderkidz (@FootWonderkidz) July 11, 2019
His first start for @ATLUTD was a solid one v. St. Louis FC
✅ 87 min
️ 1 assist
2 key passes
❌ 1 big chance missed
90% pass comp rate
⚔️ 2/3 tackles won
Just the beginning! ⭐️
Atlanta would go on to win 2-0, and their fans are super excited about their newest acquisition.
Kellyn Acosta (AP/FCD - Colorado Rapids): Kellyn and his team did not play last weekend.
some of these videos are hilarious and wonderful at the same time pic.twitter.com/3cPchzDErW— Cody (@Codydejavu) July 11, 2019
Orlando City SC would go on to win on PKs 5-4, after the game finished tied at 1-1.
Maynor Figueroa (FCD-Houston Dynamo): Maynor's son is raising eyebrows in Liverpool:
Video: ¡Para no perdérselos! Mirá las dos joyas de goles que anotó Keyrol, el hijo de Maynor Figueroa, con las inferiores del Liverpool inglés en Estados Unidos. https://t.co/m3u6GTFbu0— Diario Diez (@DiarioDiezHn) July 8, 2019
Omar Gonzalez (DFW - Toronto FC): No match scheduled last weekend
Roland Lamah (FCD), Victor Ulloa (FCD/AP) Eric Alexander (FCD) & Corben Bone (DFW- FC Cincinnati): Vic did not start against hated FCD rivals Houston Dynamo, but he sure picked a great time to score his first FC Cincinnati goal:
Maxi Urruti (FCD - Montreal Impact): Urruti started against Canadian Premier League side York9 FC, in the first leg of their Canadian Championship series. He would play the full match, in a 2-2 draw.
Marquinhos Pedroso (FCD - DC United):No match scheduled last weekend.
Moises Hernandez (Loan - San Antonio FC): Moises is currently injured
Devin Vega (AP - Phoenix Rising): No match scheduled last weekend
Aaron Guillen (AP/FCD - North Carolina FC): No match scheduled last weekend
Connor Pressley (AP - Loudoun United): Connor started in a 3-2 loss against St. Louis FC.