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Hoops Home & Abroad: Mauro Diaz makes his Estudiantes debut

Mauro was just one of several players to debut for their new teams.

Estudiantes v Defensa y Justicia - Superliga 2019/20 Photo by Rodrigo Valle/Getty Images

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): Weston started on Sunday at Mainz 05. He had himself quite a game, but Schalke 04 had to settle for a 0-0 draw. McKennie had a chance to win it at the end, but missed a header off a corner kick. Here is every touch by Weston in that match:

McKennie suffered a minor injury during the match, but is expected to be ready for the weekend.

Carlos Gruezo (FCD - FC Augsburg/Bundesliga): Gruezo was in the 18 again for FC Augsburg, but did not see any action in a 1-1 draw against Freiberg.

Anton Nedyalkov (FCD - Ludogorets/Bulgaria): Nedyalkov started Saturday in a lopsided 6-0 win over Botev Vratsa.

He started again Thursday the 20th in UEFA Euro League action against visiting Inter Milan (Italy). Ludogorets would go on to lose the 1st Leg match 2-0 against Inter Milan.

Chris Richards (AP/FCD - Bayern Munich II/3. Liga): Richards started for Bayern Munich II on Monday against visiting Hallescher FC. He played the entire match at center back and Bayern II won 6-1. Bayern Munich II is now on a five-match unbeaten streak, winning four in a row, and have jumped to 8th place in the 3. Liga Table.

Richards spent most of the week training with the senior team and while he will not be with the senior team this weekend, there is increasing anticipation that it’s just a matter of time before Chris makes his senior team debut.

Getterson (FCD- Maritimo/Liga NOS): Getterson was in the 18, but did not feature for Maritimo this weekend.

Christian Cappis (AP - Hobro IK/Danish Superliga): Christian started on Sunday at SonderjyskE in a 3-1 loss.

He did not feature for Hobro on Friday (February 21) in a 2-0 loss against 1st place Midtjylland. The reason he didn’t play is best explained by his father:

The back to back defeats, see Hobro drop to 12th place in the Superliga Table.

Mexico & Central America

Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW-Monterrey): Rogelio started for Monterrey on Saturday against visiting FC Juarez. Juarez jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but Rogelio soon leveled things:

The match would end in a 1-1 draw.

Wednesday night Monterrey hosted Santos Laguna in Copa MX action. Rogelio came off the bench in the 75th minute of a 1-0 Monterrey win.

Fabian Castillo (FCD - Queretaro) - Castillo started at Necaxa on Saturday, and the team jumped out to a 2-1 lead. Just before the end of the first half, he would get an assist on what would become the game winning goal:

Queretaro would hold on to win 3-2. The win keeps Queretaro 4th place in the Liga MX Clausura Table.

Nick Hagen (AP - Municipal/Guatemala): Hagen started in net on Saturday at third place Antigua GFC. The match would end in a 1-1 draw and Municipal remains second place on the Liga Nacional Clausura Table.

There’s a rumor floating around that Hagen will be joining FC Dallas on a free transfer during the summer transfer window:

There’s some truth to the rumor but not in a transfer sort of way. First of all, Hagen has already verified that he intends to leave Municipal once his contract comes to an end in June. As a former FC Dallas academy player, he is likely to train in Frisco while negotiating his next contract, be it a return to Municipal or any other team.

Moises Hernandez (FCD - Antigua GFC/Guatemala) - Hernandez started in the 1-1 draw against Municipal. The draw keeps Antigua GFC third place in the Liga Nacional Clausura Table.

Mauro Diaz (FCD - Estudiantes de la Plata/Argentina) - Diaz made his Estudiantes debut on Monday, coming off the bench in the 66th minute of a 2-1 loss against visiting Defensa y Justicia. The loss drops Estudiantes to 11th place in the Superliga Clausura Table.

Cristian Colman (FCD - Barcelona SC/Ecuador) - Colman finally made his debut for Barcelona on Sunday, against visiting Tecnico Universitario. Barcelona would end the match with only 10 men, and had to hold on for a 0-0 draw.

Major League Soccer

Emerson Hyndman (DFW - Atlanta United): Currently in preseason. Hydman started for Atlanta on Tuesday, in Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League action at CD Motagua (Honduras). Atlanta United would get the all important road goal, in a 1-1 draw.

The 2nd leg of the series will be played this coming Tuesday in Atlanta.

Keaton Parks (DFW - New York City FC) - Parks started for New York City FC on Thursday, in Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League action at AD San Carlos (Costa Rica). He played 64 minutes in a wild wild match that would end with a 5-3 win for NYCFC.

The 2nd leg of the series will be played this coming Thursday at New York Red Bulls Arena (LOL!).

Kellyn Acosta (AP/FCD - Colorado Rapids): Acosta played 60 minutes in the Colorado Rapids 2-1 preseason loss against the LA Galaxy.

Tesho Akindele (FCD - Orlando City SC): Akindele started and scored a goal in Orlando City SCs 2-1 preseason win over San Antonio FC.

Maynor Figueroa (FCD-Houston Dynamo): Figueroa started at center back in Houston’s 4-0 preseason win over Real Salt Lake.

Lee Nguyen (DFW - Inter Miami) - Currently in preseason.

Walker Zimmerman (FCD - Nashville SC): Zimmerman made his preseason debut for Nashville on Wednesday night against DC United. He played 82 minutes and the score was 1-1 at the time he subbed off. Nashville would go on to lose by a score of 3-1.

Zimmerman’s name was all over social media after Tuesday’s CCL action, mainly because his former team LAFC clearly missed him on their backline during a 2-0 loss at Leon.

Omar Gonzalez (DFW - Toronto FC): Currently in preseason.

Victor Ulloa (FCD/AP - Inter Miami): - Currently in preseason.

Maxi Urruti (FCD - Montreal Impact): Urruti was on the bench for Montreal on Thursday, in Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League action at Saprissa (Costa Rica). He would come on early, just 28 minutes into the match. Montreal would earn a favorable 2-2 draw.

The 2nd Leg will be played next Thursday in Montreal.