Welcome to another week of FCD Loanees & Affiliates, as we 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.
Pablo Aranguiz (FCD - Universidad de Chile/Chile): Aranguiz started in a 0-0 draw against visiting Everton. I watched the match and can tell you that Aranguiz is playing with a ton of confidence, and he was the most dangerous player on the pitch for La U. He started several scoring opportunities for La U that his team mates simply couldn’t finish.
Aranguiz has started all of his matches on the left wing for La U, and has still managed to look like the best playmaker on the team. Fans and critics have taken notice, and combined with the poor play of their starting #10 (Walter Montillo), have calls for Aranguiz to start in his more favorable spot in the attack.
The draw sees La U drop to 4th place in the Primera Division Clausura Table.
Here’s the compact version of the match, with some juicy Pablo plays, his backheel pass during transition being my favorite:
Brecc Evans (North Texas SC) & Ema Twumasi (FCD) - Austin Bold/USL Championship: Twumasi started against visiting New Mexico United and played the entire match. He was taken down inside the box in the 55th minute, earning his team a PK, that scorer Andre Lima would convert. The PK would be the decider as Austin Bold would go on to win 1-0.
I’d like to point out that Twumasi is starting on the left wing for Austin, still an area of need for FC Dallas.
Evans was in the 18, but was an unused substitute.
Francis Atuahene (FCD - San Diego Loyal/USL Championship): Atuahene was on the bench against the visiting Las Vegas Lights. He came on in the 82nd minute of a 1-1 draw.
Callum Montgomery (FCD - San Antonio FC/USL Championship) - In the preseason, Montgomery had looked like a player that had taken a huge step forward and was ready to compete at a much higher level than USL League One. In his debut match for San Antonio FC, Callum started in a three man backline and was simply dominant against the defending champion Real Monarchs. Here is an all touches video for Montgomery, so you can see just how dominant he really was:
Montgomery’s first USL Championship goal would end up being the game winner as San Antonio FC won 1-0.
Arturo Rodriguez (FCD - Real Monarchs/USL Championship) - Rodriguez started at left wing in the 1-0 loss at San Antonio FC.
FC Dallas MX hosted 3rd place Bravos De Nuevo Laredo over the weekend and came away with a huge 3-1 victory. I found a video of the entire match, for your viewing pleasure:
⏱ SEGUNDO TIEMPO | #Jornada18 En vivo, desde las instalaciones de FCD; Santiago vs Bravos. #LollevamosEnLaSangrePosted by Bravos FC on Saturday, March 7, 2020
The win sees FC Dallas MX extend their lead at the top of Group 12 to four points. FCD MX now has the #1 ranked attack (45 goals scored) and the #1 ranked defense (12 goals allowed) in Group 12, with a +33 goal differential. The win also sees FCD MX jump up to 6th place in the overall Liga TDP table.
FC Dallas MX and FC Dallas Guaynabo both had teams participate in the Scott Dymond College Showcase. FC Dallas MX had their U18 boys compete, while FC Dallas Guaynabo had their U17 boys compete. They were the only international teams at the showcase.