FRISCO—North Texas SC will reach yet another landmark in the club’s history this weekend as it travels to South Carolina to take on Greenville Triumph SC in its first-ever away game.
The team has opened the USL League One season in impressive fashion with three wins from three, good for second place in the table behind South Georgia Tormenta having played just half the number of games as the league-leaders.
It's been an ideal start for Eric Quill’s team, but they have yet to be tested on the road with all three of their initial games being played at home in Toyota Stadium. This Saturday’s match away in Greenville will present a host of new challenges and opportunities for the young squad.
“Honestly, it’s going to be a big challenge for everyone,” starting goalkeeper Carlos Avilez said. “It’s going to be our first road game and like coach (Eric Quill) has said, we’re going to have to prepare ourselves pretty well. Even though we’re second in the league with 9 points doesn’t mean we’re going to go over there (to Greenville) and relax.”
Greenville Triumph have also enjoyed a bright start to their season and currently occupy fourth spot in the rankings. Worryingly for Eric Quill and Co., both the Triumph’s wins have come when playing at home. While the game will certainly be a tough test for North Texas, head coach Quill believes it will be an important opportunity for his team to learn more about themselves and each other.
“Every time you travel it’s you guys against the crowd and it’s everybody doing it together, so you learn a lot about people and who they are,” Quill said. “A lot of conversations in small groups, getting to know teammates and coaches on a more intimate level, so whenever you do that it creates more of a bond.”
“I feel like this first road game is going to help us build more chemistry between each other as a family and as a unit,” goalkeeper Carlos Avilez added. “Between the coaching staff and the teammates, I feel like it’s a good opportunity for everyone to get together and get to know each other even more on and off the field.”
While this the trip may serve as an important bonding experience for the team, coach Quill is keenly aware that away trips often bring surprises and his team must learn to adapt and overcome them.
“A lot goes into those travel weekends, so it will be different for a lot of the guys, but we have to learn how to deal with it,” Quill said. “Not everything goes smoothly on the road and you have to be flexible. It’s just going to be a great learning experience for everybody.”