The Pride of Champions: Not Resting on Their Laurels

FRISCO - Regardless of the sport, there is always something different about champions. When they walk out on the field, they always have a target on their back. No matter what changes in personnel and style of play, they are the team to beat. This year, in USL League One, it will not matter what changes. North Texas SC will be the reigning champions team that everyone sets their eyes on.

North Texas was a dominant force in the league this year. They ran the table over the course of the regular season, finishing 10 points above their closest challenger Lansing Ignite. Their goal differential was also 10 points higher than the second-place team. Then, as the number one seed in the playoffs, North Texas won two in a row to clinch the USL League One championship.

Despite the success this year, Quill still sees a lot of room to improve. “The goal for next year is to get better individually, and there is a lot these players need. Our job as a coach is to coach them up. We want to expand our vision and include the players in that vision.”

With so many key players returning, North Texas SC will have an intensity and drive that champions so often have, as well as having a definitive style. Quill instilled a style and sense of purpose in the team over the course of the year. Using the large confines of their home ground, Toyota Stadium, Quill has focused on developing a passing game. The team responded well to that style and led the league in average possession and average passing accuracy with 59% and 84% respectively and the team will aim for even higher statistics next year.

When reflecting on the season in its entirety, Eric Quill noted “Your goal is always to hold hardware, and we held ourselves to a high standard. Our aim is to do that again” In that respect North Texas SC is not content to rest on their laurels. While for the time being it is Mission Accomplished, do not be surprised to see North Texas SC at the top of the table for the 2020 season.