Welcome back to our coverage of players with connections to FC Dallas, the FCD Academy, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): During the International break, Weston started in the 3-0 loss by the US, against Mexico. Weston, much like the rest of the Americans, struggled badly in the loss.
Weston returned to Germany early, and did not participate in the 1-1 US draw against Uruguay.
McKennie came off the bench in the 62nd minute on Sunday, at Paderborn. Schalke 04 was up 2-1 at that time, and would see a three-goal explosion to earn a 5-1 win. McKennie did not have a goal or an assist, but he most certainly was involved:
McKennie was back in the starting line-up today, as Schalke 04 hosted Mainz 05. Schalke 04 would go on to get a big 2-1 win, that sees them take sole possession of 2nd place in the Bundesliga Table. McKennie looked to have started up top, and was all over the field, prompting the question:
Carlos Gruezo (FCD - FC Augsburg/Bundesliga): Carlos did not feature for Augsburn this past week, as he was sidelined with a minor injury.
Anton Nedyalkov (FCD - Ludogorets/Bulgaria): During the International Break, Anton was called up by Bulgaria, and started in a 4-0 EUFA EURO Qualifiers loss to England
Yesterday, Nedyalkov started in UEFA Europa League action, and had 2 assist as Ludogorets crushed CSKA Moscow 5-1 in their first Group H match. His performance was impressive enough that he made the UEFA Europa League Team of the Week:
Two @Ludogorets1945 players in UEFA's Europa League team of the week - Romanian striker Keseru, who scored a hat-trick v CSKA Moscow last night, and Bulgaria international Anton Nedyalkov https://t.co/FvY7tNzbT7 pic.twitter.com/b0DoiJEycJ— mshumanov (@shumansko) September 20, 2019
Chris Richards (AP/FCD - Bayern Munich II/3. Liga): Richards started Saturday, at right back for Bayern Munich II, in a 2-2 draw at Sonnenhof Grossaspach.
The draw continues what has been a rough start for Bayern Munich II in the three. Liga. The team finds itself with only eight points in eight matches, and is currently 17th place in the three. Liga table, which is within the relegation zone.
Ramiro Funes Mori (DFW - Villarreal/La Liga): Ramiro was on the bench, but did not play in a 2-0 win at Leganes.
Getterson (FCD- Maritimo/Liga NOS): Getterson was on the bench, but did not play in a 3-1 los to Belenenses.
David Texeira (FCD-Moreirense/Liga NOS): Did not feature for his team this week
Christian Cappis (AP - Hobro IK/Danish Superliga): Christian started and played 81 minutes, in a big 2-1 win against Danish powerhouse Copenhagen. The win sees Hobro IK jump to 10th place in the Superliga Table.
Johan Gomez ( AP - Porto FC U19/ Portugal) - Johan looks to have made his debut for Porto FC U19:
Congrats to former FC Dallas academy forward Johan Gomez, who was given his debut for Porto U19s in their match today against Feirense. Gomez was most recently called-up by Tab Ramos to the US-U20s, where he took part in matches against Zagreb FF and the United Arab Emirates. pic.twitter.com/V4J5wCVSuZ— Future USMNT (@FutureUsmnt) September 15, 2019
Mauro Diaz (FCD - Shabab Al Ahli Dubai/UAE) - Remember when things were going great for Mauro and his new team? Well, that was last season. This season, Mauro has not featured for his team:
: This is the shit you get into when you don't plan your transfers properly and according to contract.— Shuaib Ahmed (@Footynions) September 20, 2019
Shabab Al Ahli's Mauro Diaz is willing to move to another club (club wants him out) within the AGL as long as he receives the same salary that he was at SAA. ♂️ pic.twitter.com/8xPgy4HUP7
Mexico & Central America
Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW-Monterrey): Rogelio started, but did not score, in a 2-0 loss against 1st place Necaxa.
Fabian Castillo (FCD - Queretaro) - No match scheduled this past week.
Nick Hagen (AP - Municipal/Guatemala): Nick started Saturday, in a 3-2 win against 2nd place Coban Imperial.
Nich started Wednesday, in a 1-0 loss at Santa Lucia. The win and loss, combine to see Municipal drop to 3rd place on the Liga Nacional Table.
Major League Soccer & USL Championship
Keaton Parks (DFW - New York City FC) - Keaton continues to start for NYCFC, and this week he scored his first MLS goal:
With help from Keaton’s goal, NYCFC would go on to earn a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.
Keaton has been having a strong season for NYCFC, and here is a look at what FCD will be facing when Keaton and NYCFC come to Frisco this weekend.
Keaton Parks vs. SJ Earthquakes: pic.twitter.com/N1yhuyN9mC— USMNT Prospects (@ProspectsUSMNT) September 16, 2019
Kellyn Acosta (AP/FCD - Colorado Rapids): Kellyn started Saturday for red-hot Colorado, who were cooled off in a 3-2 defeat at Toronto FC.
While his team struggled on the field this week, Kellyn was cooking off the field:
Tesho Akindele (FCD - Orlando City SC): Tesho started Saturday, in what would turn out to be a wild 3-3 draw against the visiting New England Revolution. Tesho didn’t score, but he did get three shots off, with one of them on goal.
Maynor Figueroa (FCD-Houston Dynamo): Maynor started Saturday in a 2-1 loss at the Vancouver Whitecaps. Maynor was one of the few bright spots for the struggling Dynamo, even managing three shot attempts, despite starting at center back.
Omar Gonzalez (DFW - Toronto FC): Omar started in the 3-2 win over the visiting Houston Dynamo.
Roland Lamah (FCD), Victor Ulloa (FCD/AP) & Corben Bone (DFW- FC Cincinnati): Vic and Roland both were on the bench Wednesday night, with Roland coming on in the 74th minute of the 2-0 loss against visiting Atlanta United FC.
Maxi Urruti (FCD - Montreal Impact): Urruti was on the bench Wednesday night, in Canadian Championship action, as the Montreal Impact hosted Toronto FC in the 1st Leg of the Final. Urruti would come on to start the second half, and Montreal would go on to win by the score of 1-0.
Pablo Aranguiz (FCD - Union Espanola/Chile): Pablo started Saturday against visiting U De Chile. Pablo played 77 minutes, getting subbed out after he received a yellow (in the 77th minute), as Union Espanola got a 1-1 draw.
Ema Twumasi (FCD - Austin Bold/USL Championship) - Ema started sunday in a 2-1 loss against visiting Reno1868
FC Dallas MX (Liga TDP) - FCD-MX kicked off their 1st week of the Apertura (Starting) Season with a big home win against Tigres SD:
J1 FCD vs Tigres
| ¡Revivamos juntos los goles que nos llevaron la victoria en casa en nuestro primer partido de la Apertura 2019! FCD 3-2 Tigres ⚽ Jose Ontiveros #18 ⚽⚽ José Cuevas #6 Gracias por su apoyo a nuestro equipo!! Esperamos verlos en nuestros proximos partidos como local #LetsGoFCDPosted by FC Dallas MX on Tuesday, September 17, 2019
FCD-MX was winless (0-1-1) last season against the Tigres reserves, so this is a big win against a playoff (non-promotion) team from last season. The first goal was a big deal itself, as #18 Jose Ontiveros is a former Tigres SD player (2016).
FCD-MX competes in Liga TDP wich is the 4th division in Mexico, and the team is eligible to compete in the Promotion Playoffs at the end of the Clausura (Closing) Season.
FC Dallas Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico top flight) - The Puerto Rico Soccer League (PRSL) has officially announced that the 2019-20 season will begin on the second week of October. The PRSL has also announced that it will release a statement on how many teams will be competing this season, later this month. The current rumor is that six teams (including FCD-PR) will make up the league, but the PRSL is known to be in negotiations with other teams, and could have as many as 10 teams in the league this season.
The PRSL is one of two leagues (La Liga Puerto Rico is the other) in direct competition to be seen as the top league in Puerto Rico, as it is being reported that the Puerto Rico soccer governing body is looking to make the Puerto Rico 2nd Division into a strictly U20 league.
FCD-PR is eligible to play in both Puerto Rico professional leagues, but has opted to play only in the PRSL this season.
Brandon Servania: ¡Sangre Boricua en el FC Dallas! #oceanparkmarlins #simesoccerpr #fcdallaspr #fcdallasyouth #fcdallasPosted by FC Dallas - Puerto Rico on Wednesday, August 28, 2019