This is a report that will follow FC Dallas players on loan to teams other than North Texas SC. We'll also keep tabs on some of the happenings involving FCD's International Affiliates.
Last season FCD loaned out four players to clubs other than their own USL League One reserve team North Texas SC. There's a strong sense amongst those that cover FCD, that the team is poised to increase the number of players loaned to teams at a level higher than USL League One for the upcoming season.
The reason for this belief is simple, FCD has improved the bottom of its roster through the academy (plus the draft) and through North Texas SC. It has done so to the point that there are quite a few players who if they fail to get regular minutes with the senior team, are far too good to be playing in Division 3.
By that same reasoning, there are young players on the North Texas SC roster who have proven themselves at the Division 3 level, and must compete at a higher level so their development doesn't stagnate.
Pablo Aranguiz (FCD - Universidad de Chile/Chile): Pablo made his debut for La U on Tuesday in Copa Libertadores. Aranquiz started on the left wing, for their first match against visiting SC Internacional (Brazil). Pablo played 89 minutes in the 0-0 draw:
The result was good as La U's #10 received a red card and the team was forced to finish with 10 men.
Once the team was down to 10 men, it was Pablo who took the reigns as the #10 for La U. His performance has drawn rave reviews from the fans who were impressed with his composure on the ball, his accuracy, and decision making on passes. Fans were also impressed with his hustle on defense, where he upped his involvement following the expulsion of his teammate.
An overall excellent debut for Pablo, who is expected to start in the #10 spot for the 2nd leg.
Pablo gave a positive interview following the conclusion of the match:
"CONSEGUIMOS UN BUEN RESULTADO; LA LLAVE QUEDÓ ABIERTA"#ESPNRadioChile Pablo Aránguiz, quien debutó con la U en el choque ante Inter de Porto Alegre, y sus impresiones tras el trabajado empate de los azules con el elenco "gaúcho". pic.twitter.com/M5cwK1eeaK— ESPN Chile (@ESPNChile) February 4, 2020
Brecc Evans (North Texas SC - Austin Bold/USL Championship: Evans was the one constant for a backline that led USL League One with 14 clean sheets. It's clear that he needs to play at a higher level and his loan to Austin Bold of the USL Championship, looks like a natural progression in his development.
Brecc joined his new team for preseason preparations and received a players welcome:
He may have been the man at North Texas SC but in Austin he's joining a team with established veteran starters at both center back positions and who already have an established 3rd back option. This from a team that made it into the playoffs last season. Evans will have to elevate his game, if he is to see meaningful minutes with the Bold. I'm sure that Evans is up to the challenge.
Francis Atuahene (FCD - San Diego Loyal/USL Championship): Atuahene's loan to USL Championship expansion side, San Diego Loyal, was never officially announced. Most of us learned the hard way, as we watched him start for San Diego, and score the winning goal against FCD last week:
Atuahene spent last season on loan with the Austin Bold, where he saw action in 10 matches. As a player with experience playing in the USL Championship, Atuahene stands an excellent chance to push for the starting spot on the left wing.
FC Dallas Academy has four known international affiliates, each with their own Professional teams. I'll keep tabs on any interesting news emerging from any of these affiliates.
The 4 International affiliates are:
FC Dallas MX (Liga TDP)
FC Dallas Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Soccer League)
FC Dallas Guaynabo (La Liga Puerto Rico)
FC Dallas-Juarez (Inter City SC/UPSL)
FC Dallas-MX will begin the Liga TDP Clausura season on the road this weekend. Their week one opponents will be Tigres SD, who finished 3rd place during the Apertura season, just six points behind FC Dallas-MX:
The other three affiliates are in the final stages of preparing for the start of the regular season for all the age groups in their academies.