Welcome back to our coverage of players with connections to FC Dallas, the FCD Academy, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
The big news is Weston to Jeventus now being official, but the most interesting news of the week is the weird events surrounding Christian Cappis and Hobro IK.
Weston McKennie (AP - Juventus/Serie A): We have all been waiting to hear the official announcement, and it’s finally here:
I have never followed Juventus but it certainly looks like I’ll be watching many of their matches now. Here’s some of the details on the deal
Weston McKennie has just landed in Turin to join Juventus. He’ll have medicals tomorrow morning - loan (€3m) with buy option (€18m). It’ll be an obligation to buy McKennie if he’s gonna play more than 60% of the 2020/2021 season matches with Juventus. ⚪️⚫️ #Juve #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 27, 2020
McKennie was actually in the starting line-up in a Juventus friendly against the Juventus U23:
Christian Cappis (AP - Hobro IK/Danish Superliga): Christian Cappis has had his passport revoked and risks being thrown out of Denmark, even though he has two years left on his contract with Hobro IK.
Cappis’ work permit has not been renewed on time, so the North Jutland Police have now confiscated his passport.
No one from the club has called him. No one has asked if he is okay. He has not even been given a training program to follow while out. Christian has had to find and pay for a personal trainer.
Christian has made it clear he wishes to move on from Hobro IK. There is interest from clubs in and outside of Denmark, but Hobro IK have just rejected it all because they do not want to negotiate.
Source: Cappis passport revoked
Carlos Gruezo (FCD - FC Augsburg/Bundesliga): Gruezo started in a club friendly against AFC Ajax (Dutch top flight). Gruezo played 67 minutes in a 1-0 loss, that saw the teams play evenly, with an early PK being the difference.
Johan Gomez (AP - Porto B) - Johan and Porto B continue their preseason preparations.
Anton Nedyalkov (FCD - Ludogorets/Bulgaria): Nedyalkov is with the Bulgarian Men’s National team. Anton started in UEFA Nations League, as Bulgeria earned a 1-1 draw against Ireland.
Chris Richards (AP/FCD - Bayern Munich II/3. Liga): Richards continues to train with the senior Bayern Munich team. Plus his national team coach had some really nice things to say about him:
Getterson (FCD- Maritimo/Liga NOS): Maritimo defeated Reggie Cannon’s likely future team Boavista by a 2-0 score in a club friendly.
Ramiro Funes Mori (DFW-Villarreal CF/La Liga): Ramiro has been cleared to return to practice with Villarreal after missing the last three months with a leg injury.
Nick Hagen (AP - Sabail FC) : Nick Hagen becomes the latest former FCD academy player to land in Europe. Nick joins a club in only its 5th year of existence in Sabail FC of the Azerbaijan Premier League.
Nick has signed on for one season for the top flight club located in the Azerbaijan capital city of Baku, a bustling and gorgeous city of over two million people. The APL has eight total teams, with five of them located in the capital city of Baku. The winner of the league earns a spot in the UEFA Europa League Qualifying rounds.
Mexico & Central America
Rogelio Funes Mori (DFW-Monterrey) vs. Fabian Castillo (FCD - Tijuana) - Saturday night saw Rogelio and Monterrey travel to Tijuana to face Fabian Castillo and the Xolos. It would only take two minutes for Castillo to strike the first blow:
It would be the start of what would turn out to be a dominant performance by Castillo. Even so, Rogelio wasn’t about to let his team fall behind, and delivered a response in the 24th minute:
The teams would go into half time tied 1-1.
It didn’t take too long into the second half for Fabian to strike once again:
Fabian would score what would go on to become the game winner, and he made it look easy. How easy? Let’s take a look at that goal from a different angle:
Fabian would have one of the most dominant performances seen, by an individual player for Xolos in years. Fabian would end the match with two goals of four shot attempts, 36 passes completed, with one1 key pass, and he would win 10 out of 11 one-on-one matches on the dribble.
Mauro Diaz (FCD - Estudiantes de la Plata/Argentina) - Currently in the start of the 4th week of preseason training.
Cristian Colman (FCD - Barcelona SC/Ecuador) - Colman was on the bench on Friday for Barcelona, and he entered the match in the 80th minute as his team was leading on the road against Mushuc Runa. In added time, Colman would find himself alone against the keeper, after a breakaway counter attack and...well, have look for yourself:
LOCURA DE ÚLTIMO MINUTO— Boca Jrs. Golo (@BocaJrsGolo) September 5, 2020
los jugadores de @ClubMushucRuna1 reclaman penal,
contraataque de @BarcelonaSC, Cristian Colmán quedó cara a cara con el arquero, pero definió mal y se perdió el tercero #LigaPro pic.twitter.com/KbbI3AuD1F
Major League Soccer
Emerson Hyndman (DFW - Atlanta United) vs. Tesho Akindele (FCD - Orlando City SC): Emerson started for struggling Atlanta United, while Tesho was on the bench. Tesho came on in the 72nd minute with his team up 1-0, but Atlanta United would score in added time to escape with a 1-1 draw.
Keaton Parks (DFW - New York City FC) - Parks started and played 69 minutes in a 0-0 draw at DC United.
Lee Nguyen (DFW), Brek Shea (FCD), & Victor Ulloa (FCD/AP - Inter Miami) vs. Walker Zimmerman (FCD), Dax McCarty (FCD) & Dominique Badji (FCD - Nashville SC): Zimmerman, Dax, and Badji started for Nashville, while Ulloa started for Miami. Brek Shea would come into the match in the 70th minute, and both clubs would have to settle for a scoreless draw.
Maxi Urruti (FCD - Montreal Impact): Urruti is recovering from a knock on one of his knees and did not feature for Montreal last week.
Jacori Hayes (FCD - Minnesota United): Jacori was on the bench, and came on in the 64th minute with his team up 2-0 against visiting RSL. 10 minutes later, Jacori joined in on the fun:
Juice is temporary.— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 7, 2020
Sauce is forever. pic.twitter.com/Bdn5apsPQf
Minnesota United would go on to earn a 4-0 win against RSL.
USL Championship & USL League One
Aaron Guillen (FCD/AP - Tampa Bay Rowdies): Aaron started on Wednesday and played the full match, as the Rowdies would defeat visiting Miami FC by a 3-0 score.
Aaron then started Saturday, and played the full match in a 2-0 win against visiting Philadelphia Union II.
The wins keep the Rowdies a top Group H with 27 points, and maintains them as the best defense in the USL Championship with seven goals allowed in 12 matches played.
Attiba Harris (FCD - OKC Energy FC): Attiba did not feature for OKC Energy this week.
Jonathan Gomez (FCD - Louisville City FC): Just 3 days short of his 17th birthday, Jonathan got his 3rd start of the season on Saturday, August 29, in a 1-1 draw at Saint Louis FC.
Jonathan was an unused sub in this Saturday’s 3-1 win at the Indy Eleven.
Connor Presly (AP - New England Revolution II) - Connor came off the bench in Friday’s 4-0 loss at the hands of visiting Forward Madison FC.