Hello and welcome back to another week of FC Dallas Loanees & Affiliates. We’re a bit late in this coverage this week, due to one of the players seeing action yesterday (Tuesday), and having to wait for the result.
Bryan Reynolds (AS Roma - Serie A): Bryan was asked to play at left back, and started there in a 5-0 win over Crotone. His growing pains continue in Serie A, but this will only help him going forward into the next season.
Bryan Reynolds continues to grow more comfortable with #ASRoma. Played LB vs Crotone. Dribbled inside a couple times to relieve pressure. I included a clip where he was the only player to progress the ball by carrying then passing it forward. #DTID #USMNT pic.twitter.com/fmpfRgslIk— Undead Kranks (@dis_possessed) May 10, 2021
Justin Che (Bayern Munich II - 3. Liga): Bayern Munich II
Che continues to start for a Bayern Munich II mired in a relegation battle. Facing last place Unterhaching, Bayern Munich II could have clinched a position in the 3. Liga for next season, but lost 2-1 at home.
Che did his part to help with a struggling attack:
Nemanja Motika 3 minutes après être entré en jeu dans 1 match crucial pour le maintien, son 1er match professionnel, marque ce but du gauche. Il est à l'aise des 2 pieds.— Hart Jacques-Henri (@hart_henri) May 9, 2021
Justin Che ⏩ Lenn Jastremski ⏩ Nemanja Motika
Après ça, Nemanja se balade & donne 1 caviar à Feldhahn pic.twitter.com/3Q8yHxbvCl
In the end, it wasn’t enough and with two matches remaining in the season, Bayern Munich II find themselves five points out of last place.
All Bayern Munich II needs to stay afloat for next season is at least a draw in their final two matches or for Unterhatching not to win their final two matches.
Despite the Bayern Munich II struggles, things are coming up roses for Che, as word out of Germany is that Bayern Munich is looking to make his stay a permanent one.
Lots to like about Justin Che’s game against Unterhaching. Still needs work in his decision making. Does a fantastic job winning balls but gives it back with an errant pass or dribble. Will only get better at 17yo #DTID #USMNT pic.twitter.com/WJ4UqziJzk— Undead Kranks (@dis_possessed) May 9, 2021
Brandon Servania (SKN St. Pölten - Austrian Bundesliga)
Brandon got yet another start for SKN St. Polten and played another different position to boot. Brandon lined up as the right wing in the 3-4-3, and while I did not get to see the match, it’s clear from the highlights that Brandon was used more like a right wing back.
The match was a pretty wild affair and Brandon featured in the last three goals scored in the match, two of those against his club.
It was as solid a display as you could ask for, from a player still learning a new position. The only real area of concern was his passing, but he was otherwise good all around.
Brandon Servania -vs- Altach— Rex (@freakisHmnculus) May 11, 2021
FotMob score: 7.2 (3)
Pass success: 59% (17)
Shot success: 50% (1)
Duels won: 4/10
Recoveries: 9#DTID pic.twitter.com/0AIukAkvZa
David Rodriguez (Atletico San Luis - Liga MX): David’s club has wrapped up their season, and all that’s left is to wait and see if the club will buy his rights, or if he will return to North Texas SC.
FC Dallas MX - FC Dallas MX traveled to Liga TDP's top-ranked club Saltillo FC. FC Dallas entered the match as the only club to have defeated the Group 12 Champions this season, and as such, the match was a rough and tumble affair.
After a hard-fought 90 minutes, that saw FCD-MX lose their starting GK to injury, both clubs entered extra time tied at 0-0. This is when things really got out of control. You see, in their previous match, Saltillo FC was handed a PK in extra time, which would go on to be converted for the match-winner.
It looked like karma had struck when FCD-MX was awarded a PK after the Saltillo GK clubbed an FCD-MX attacker in the back of the head during a set-piece. It was a clear PK as you could ask for from the replay, and a yellow card was given to the Saltillo GK (should have been a clear red card).
In a weird turn of events, the sidelines official, with a hostile home crowd at his back, overturned the call and the yellow card.
With tempers flaring from the GK incident, once play resumed, a Saltillo player quickly earned a red card for an elbow to the face of an FCD-MX player during a hard tackle.
Chaos soon ensued as both benches cleared. Once calm was restored, the match was somehow allowed to continue. The match would end in a 0-0 draw and Saltillo FC would go on to win the PK shootout 5-4 to earn a bonus point.
The match was streamed live on Facebook and is available for replay. I highly recommend you forward it to the final minutes of the match, where all the chaos occurred.
With the draw, FCD-MX dropped to 3rd place in Group 12 with 2 matches remaining. The draw also ensured Saltillo FC remained atop the Liga TDP table, while FCD-MX climbed up to 21st place on the Liga TDP table.
Next week FCD-MX faces Group 12 second place team Irritillas FC, who are currently sitting 14th place in the Liga TDP table, just 2 points ahead of FCD-MX.
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