This Week With North Texas SC

North Texas SC remain undefeated after the first four games of the season.

So far the team has beaten their opponents 8-3 and on Easter Sunday they conceded their first goal of the season with a win in San Jose.

With a record of 3-0-1, the team has consistently found themselves at the top of the MLS NEXT Pro power rankings, sitting 3rd for now.

This week, however, they face their toughest opponent, No. 1 Houston Dynamo 2. A team that has conceded just a single goal in four straight wins.

This challenge will be part of a double-header that will feature a first-team clash between FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo FC.

Along with this momentous matchup taking place on Saturday, April 23rd, the team faces its own dilemmas in terms of player movement and availability.

Here’s everything you need to know this week:

Last game

Starting last Sunday, North Texas SC defeated San Jose Earthquakes II 1-0. A tight, defensive game that was finally interrupted by a Bernard Kamungo goal in the 80th minute.

Kamungo has scored three goals in as many games. With FC Dallas already failing to score in two games this month, he could be the next to be sent upstairs to help the first team.

This game also marked the end of Alex Covelo’s tenure in charge of SJ2 as he was now promoted to acting San Jose first-team coach.

According to mlssoccer.com, NTX coach Pa-Modou Kah has also risen in the coaching ranks with deference to official head coaching jobs at San Jose or DC United down the line.

During the week

A lot has happened since the team’s last game. The first is the reintroduction of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

The tournament has returned after a two-year hiatus. FC Dallas defeated USL Championship club Tulsa FC 2-1 to advance to the fourth round of the group stage. Their group, the South Central group, also includes Sporting Kansas City, Houston Dynamo FC and USL Championship club San Antonio FC.

The team won the competition back in 2016 and with the help of a new rule allowing for squad swaps, some familiar faces will be helping the team this year.

NTX stars Isaiah Parker and Lucas Bartlett each received a call-up for the first game, with the latter of the two starting.

That opportunity also meant both were unavailable for last week’s away game against SJ2. He paved the way for 17-year-old Nolan Norris to make his professional debut.

Great news for the club, who quickly became sour early in the afternoon after Norris was called up for the USA U-19 national team, along with the call-up of starting goalkeeper Antonio Carrera for the U-20.

This leaves the team with a dilemma both on the left side of defense and in goal. Changes that will result in either the return of Isaiah Parker to the line-up or a rotation of Collin Smith and Blake Pope at full-back.

As for the goalkeeper, the team will look to debut either Seth Wilson or Felipe Carneiro de Souza, who was on the bench against San Jose.

Coach Kah said earlier today: “We’re in a position where players are going up and players are going down. It’s important for us to have that understanding that if this week isn’t your week, maybe next week is your week.”

This week, however, the team will play its biggest game yet.

the big day

Saturday, April 23rd sees the big double-header pitting FC Dallas against Houston Dynamo and NTX against Houston Dynamo 2.

Dallas and Houston are both at the heart of playoff competition in MLS, while North Texas and Dynamo 2 will be battling for top spot in their own league.

Derek Waldeck, the side’s longtime face, said on Thursday: “It’s really heartening to know we haven’t played the best football and still been able to get results.

Confident in the momentum they have built, the team looks forward to the opportunity Saturday presents, not only in the team’s league standings, but also the opportunity to meet many of their fans.

The team trains and practices in Frisco but plays its home games in Arlington, miles from many of its fans. Saturday will finally allow many of them to see the team in person which should make for a great day for football.

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