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Hoops Home & Abroad: Weston McKennie is a wanted man

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

FC Schalke 04 v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - Bundesliga Photo by Ralf Treese/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

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

We’ve been gone for a long time, so this will be a bit of a catching up with some players, recap on other players, and recent activity from some. Good to be back, and looking forward to our weekly HH&A routine.


Europe

Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): Weston was a good player on a bad team once the Bundesliga season resumed. You could say he was the standout player on his team down the stretch, as Schalke 04 managed to avoid relegation. McKennie was also one of the first European based players, if not the first, to openly voice his support for the Black Life Matters movement. He was one of the players who effected in a positive way how leagues around the world handled player protests and race relations.

With the Bundesliga season over and Schalke 04 believed to be in bad shape financially, he is the most coveted American players in the world. The latest team rumored to have entered the race to woo McKennie is in the Premier League

Other teams said to be interested are Liverpool, Wolves, Newcastle, Everton, along with clubs in France, Spain, and Germany. Schalke 04 is said to be asking 20-30 million euros, and will not prevent his departure so long as their price is met.

Carlos Gruezo (FCD - FC Augsburg/Bundesliga): After missing most of the season due to injury, Gruezo was able to get healthy in time for the Bundesliga restart. FC Augsburg started slowly with their defense showing poorly at first. This opened the door for Gruezo to be given a couple of starts in the midfield and he never relinquished the starting spot. Gruezo started 10 matches, with 83% passing accuracy, and he averaged 2.5 tackles per match. Gruezo was not a stand out player but he was effective and reliable, helping to stabilize the midfield which would be key in helping FC Augsburg avoid relegation.

Gruezo who is an Ecuador National Team regular starter, has never really received any love from Ecuadorian fans. In fact, he is often ridiculed, dismissed, or out right insulted by fans in his home country. His play for FC Augsburg down the stretch has forced Ecuadorian fans to rethink his value to their national team, and accept the fact that a player who is a regular starter in one of the top leagues in the world is an asset for their national team. While he still has his critics, Gruezo has gained the support of fans who now openly defend him, something he did not have before. The conversation surrounding Gruezo has changed from “why is Carlos Gruezo on the Ecuador National Team roster?”, to “Is Carlos Gruezo the best option to start at D-Mid in the new Ecuador Manager’s 4-3-3 formation?”.

Anton Nedyalkov (FCD - Ludogorets/Bulgaria): Nedyalkov continues to start for Ludogorets and helped the team win it’s 9th League title.

Chris Richards (AP/FCD - Bayern Munich II/3. Liga): Richards was a regular starter for Bayern Munich II throughout the season, rotating between center back and right back. In the first half of the season, despite being a regular starter, Richards was seen as talented but inconsistent. In the second half of the season, Richards looked to have put it all together, and had such a strong showing that he is considered to have been one of the stand out players of the 3. Bundesliga. Richards was one of the players that helped Bayern Munich II win the 3. Bundesliga championship and even made his Bundesliga debut with Bayern Munich.

With his team unable to promote to the Bundesliga 2 due to being a reserve team, speculation has grown that Richards is in line for a big move. Multiple teams are said to be interested in acquiring the youngster, and there is word that a team has made a transfer offer

Getterson (FCD- Maritimo/Liga NOS): Getterson played in 25 matches for Maritimo this season, scoring three goals, and helping the team to a mid-table finish.

Christian Cappis (AP - Hobro IK/Danish Superliga): Christian has been a regular starter for Hobro IK, who are currently involved in the relegation playoffs. Cappis has made 29 combined league appearances with one goal and three assists.

Ramiro Funes Mori (DFW-Villarreal CF/La Liga): Ramiro has not played since suffering a thigh muscle rapture back on May 24.


Mexico & Central America

Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW-Monterrey): Currently in preseason

Fabian Castillo (FCD - Queretaro) - Currently in preseason

Nick Hagen (AP - Free Agent): Nick is currently a free agent, and is said to have offers in two different countries

Mauro Diaz (FCD - Estudiantes de la Plata/Argentina) - Currently in the offseason.

Cristian Colman (FCD - Barcelona SC/Ecuador) - Currently in preseason.


Major League Soccer

Emerson Hyndman (DFW - Atlanta United): Emerson came off the bench in Atlanta’s 1-0 loss against FC Cincinnati.

Hyndman revealed that he had a positive Covid19 test prior to the start of the MLS is back tournament:

Keaton Parks (DFW - New York City FC) - Parks came off the bench in a 3-1 loss to Orlando City SC.

Kellyn Acosta (AP/FCD - Colorado Rapids): Acosta started and played the full match in a 2-0 loss against Real Salt Lake.

Tesho Akindele (FCD - Orlando City SC): Akindele came on late against NYCFC, with his team holding a 2-1 lead. Tesho then helped put the game away

Maynor Figueroa (FCD-Houston Dynamo): Figueroa started at center back in a wild 3-3 draw against LAFC.

Lee Nguyen (DFW) & Victor Ulloa (FCD/AP - Inter Miami): - Victor started and played the full match, while Lee came off the bench in the 68th minute, as Miami suffered a 2-1 loss against the Philadelphia Union.

Walker Zimmerman (FCD - Nashville SC): Zimmerman and his team are sitting at home, just like FC Dallas.

Omar Gonzalez (DFW - Toronto FC): Gonzalez started in crazy 4-3 victory over the Montreal Impact.

Maxi Urruti (FCD - Montreal Impact): Urruti started and played 68 minutes in the 4-3 loss against Toronto FC.

USL

Attiba Harris (FCD - OKC Energy FC): Attiba started and played the full match, earning a yellow card in the 87th minute of a 1-1 draw against FC Tulsa.

Devin Vega (AP - Real Monarchs): Devin started and played 45 minutes in a 1-0 loss against San Diego Loyal.

Eric Avila (FCD - San Diego Loyal): Eric started and played 72 minutes in the 1-0 win over Real Monarchs.