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Mauro is up to his old tricks in Argentina, and Gruezo returns to action.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back to our coverage of players with connections to FC Dallas, the FCD Academy, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.


Europe

Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Weston started at FC Koln on Saturday, and the entire team struggled on their way to a 3-0 loss. The loss sees Schalke 04 remain 6th place in the Bundesliga Table.

He started again on Tuesday in DFB Pokal (German Cup) action against visiting Bayern Munich. McKennie played lights out, but it wasn’t enough, as Schalke 04 would go on to lose 1-0. The loss sees Schalke 04 eliminated from the DFB Pokal.

Carlos Gruezo (FCD - FC Augsburg/Bundesliga): Gruezo finally returned to the starting line up for FC Augsburg, after missing more than five months due to an ankle injury. Gruezo played the entire match in a 3-2 loss against visiting Borussia M’gladbach. Despite the loss, he played very well, finishing second on the team with 93.3% passing accuracy, while completing five out of six long ball attempts, and getting three interceptions on defense.

The loss sees FC Augsburg drop to 13th place in the Bundesliga Table.

It also appears that Gruezo has been in Germany long enough to pick up the language:

Anton Nedyalkov (FCD - Ludogorets/Bulgaria): Nedyalkov started Thursday in Bulgaria Cup quarterfinal action at 2nd place Sofia. The match would end in a 0-0 draw, and Ludogorets would lose 6-5 on PKs. The loss means that Ludogorets is eliminated from the Bulgaria Cup.

Chris Richards (AP/FCD - Bayern Munich II/3. Liga): Richards started last Friday in a big match for Bayern Munich II as they traveled to second place SpVgg Unterhaching. Richards had a huge game, helping his team secure a clean sheet on their way to 1-0 victory. Here is an “All Touches” video for Richards in that match:

The win sees Bayern Munich II move to 9th place in the 3. Liga Table.

Getterson (FCD- Maritimo/Liga NOS): Getterson was on the bench Saturday against visiting Sporting Braga. Getterson would enter the match in the 90th minute. While that would normally mean token minutes in most match, it meant key minutes in a match that received +11 injury time minutes and was tied 1-1 at the time of his entrance. Maritimo would allow a goal eight minutes into extra time, and lose 2-1.

The loss sees Maritimo drop to 14th place in the Primeira League Table.

Christian Cappis (AP - Hobro IK/Danish Superliga): Christian started last Friday at 3rd place AGF and played the full match in a 0-0 draw. The draw keeps Hobro IK 12th place in the Superliga Table.

This week found Cappy involved in a fun little shooting competition. The intro is in Dutch, but the banter between them is in english:


Mexico & Central America

Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW-Monterrey): Rogelio started last Friday at Toluca in a 1-0 loss.

Monterrey finds itself in a poor run of form that they can’t get out off, and are currently dead last on the Liga MX Clausura table after eight weeks of play.

Fabian Castillo (FCD - Queretaro) - Castillo started Saturday at Pachuca in a 1-1 draw. The draw drops Queretaro to 7th place in the Liga MX Clausura Table, just three points out of 1st Place.

Nick Hagen (AP - Municipal/Guatemala): Hagen started at 4th place Iztapa and recorded a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory for Municipal. This is back to back clean sheets for Nick, as Municipal remains 2nd place in the Liga Nacional Table, just 2 points behind bitter rivals Comunicaciones.

Nick was rewarded for his good form by being called up for the Guatemala Men’s National Team. Wednesday night, he got the start against a Panamanian “B”squad that was missing most of it best players. It would turn into a nightmare match for a Guatemala team that was expected to win, or at least draw, and they would go on to a shock 2-0 defeat.

Hagen has earned the brunt of the ire from Guatemala fans, who have been bashing him on social media since the final whistle of that 2-0 defeat.

Moises Hernandez (FCD - Antigua GFC/Guatemala) - Hernandez started against 5th place Guastatoya, and only played the first half of a 1-0 defeat. The loss keeps Antigua GFC 3rd place in the Liga Nacional Clausura Table.

Moises Hernandez started in the 2-0 loss by Guatemala against Panama.

Mauro Diaz (FCD - Estudiantes de la Plata/Argentina) - Diaz was on the bench on Sunday, as Estudiantes traveled to 4th place Lanus. Lanus would strike first, taking a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute. Mauro would enter the match five minutes later, as Estudiantes was looking for a spark, and Diaz would deliver with some of his old magic:

Diaz delivered the assist on the equalizer, and the match would end in a 1-1 draw. The draw sees Estudiantes remain 13th place in the Superliga table.

Diaz was rewarded for his play, with a start on Wednesday in Copa Argentina action against Division 3 side Deportivo Laferrere. Diaz played the full match, which would end in 1-1 in regular time, and would be won by Estudiantes on PKs.

Cristian Colman (FCD - Barcelona SC/Ecuador) - Colman started Saturday against visiting LDU Portoviejo. Colman played the entire match, in a 1-1 draw. The draw sees Barcelona to 7th place in the Liga Pro Clausura Table.

Colman made his Copa Libertadores debut on Wednesday, as Barcelona hosted fellow Ecuadorian club Independiente Del Valle in Group A action. Colman was on the bench, but started the second half of a 3-0 defeat. The defeat sees Barcelona to last place in the four team group A.

The expected goals that Colman was supposed to provide have not materialized. The Barcelona fans have begun to question Colman’s ability following the 3-0 home defeat. Fortunetly for Colman, his manager has come to his defense:


Major League Soccer

Emerson Hyndman (DFW - Atlanta United): Emerson started on Saturday at MLS expansion side Nashville SC, in front of an electrifying crowd of over 50,000:

The match would get off to a fast start with both teams trading goals. With both teams tied heading into the 36th minute, Emerson would pull off this stunner:

Emerson’s goal would end up being the game winner as Atlanta United won 2-1. The sensational goal would also net Emerson the “Goal of the Week”.

Keaton Parks (DFW - New York City FC) - Parks was on the bench Saturday and come on in the 63rd minute of a 1-0 defeat to the Columbus Crew.

Kellyn Acosta (AP/FCD - Colorado Rapids): Acosta started Saturday at DC United and had himself a very fine game, helping his team to a 2-1 victory.

Tesho Akindele (FCD - Orlando City SC): Akindele started up top in Oscar Pareja’s prefered 4-3-2-1 formation, but was rather ineffective in 84 minutes of play. Orlando would have to settle for a 0-0 draw against visiting Real Salt Lake.

Maynor Figueroa (FCD-Houston Dynamo): Figueroa started at center back against the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy. Maynor helped the Houston backline contain the heavily hyped Chicharito, and the match would end in a 1-1 draw.

Lee Nguyen (DFW) & Victor Ulloa (FCD/AP - Inter Miami): - Victor started Saturday, while Lee was on the bench at Los Angeles FC. Victor received a yellow card in the 63rd minute and was subbed off five minutes later. With the team trailing 1-0 and looking for a spark on offense, it was Lee who replaced Ulloa. Inter Miami would go on to lose 1-0.

Walker Zimmerman (FCD - Nashville SC): Zimmerman started in the 2-1 loss against visiting Atlanta United, and it was Zimmerman who would score the first ever Nashville goal:

Omar Gonzalez (DFW - Toronto FC): Gonzalez started and played 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw at San Jose.

Maxi Urruti (FCD - Montreal Impact): Urruti started against the visiting New England Revolution, and had himself one hell of a match. New England struck first, but Montreal would equalize off this corner kick from Urruti:

The match would eventually be won by Montreal when Urruti, who had earlier missed a couple of easy shots did what he’s best known for:

Urruti’s penchant for making the tough shots, earned Montreal a 2-1 win, and would garner “Man of the Match” honors for Urruti.

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