FRISCO – North Texas SC had a memorable inaugural season. The team clinched the regular season title with a 17-6-5 record and 56 points - 10 more than second-place Lansing Ignite FC. Head coach Eric Quill's team progressed to the first-ever USL League One final after defeating Forward Madison FC 2-0 at Toyota Stadium. In the final, North Texas bested the Greenville Triumph SC 1-0 thanks to a goal from USL League One MVP Arturo Rodriguez.
With such a fantastic first campaign, let's take a closer look at the 2019 season by the numbers.
North Texas SC created an artificial rivalry with Forward Madison during the regular season since the teams were scheduled to face each other four times, the most matchups of any two teams in League One. North Texas won both its games at Toyota Stadium and Madison won its two games at home as well, creating a draw in the regular season series. Although Madison would've won the rivalry due to a superior goal difference from four games, the two teams also met in the playoff semifinal making that the ultimate tiebreaker. North Texas won 2-0 in the semifinal thanks to a brace from Ricardo Pepi, giving North Texas the first El Plástico title.
North Texas had the third best defensive record in the league with 31 goals conceded from its 30 total games (including playoffs). Only Forward Madison (28) and Greenville Triumph (23) conceded fewer goals over the season. North Texas was also tied with Greenville with 14 clean sheets on the year, four more than the next best team.
North Texas had the best offense in all of League One in 2019. The team scored 56 goals (seven more than second-place Lansing Ignite) in 30 games, for an average of 1.87 goals per game. The club also had the most shots (435) of any team and the second-best shot conversion rate (17%).
North Texas SC had 15 different goal scorers this season. North Texas SC players who scored in 2019: Ronaldo Damus (16), Ricardo Pepi (11), Arturo Rodriguez (8), Callum Montgomery (3), Oscar Romero (3), Richard Danso (2), Thomas Roberts (2), David Rodriguez (2), Imanol Almaguer (1), Johan Gomez (1), John Nelson (1), Gibran Rayo (1), Bryan Reynolds (1), Dante Sealy (1), Tanner Tessmann (1).
The average age of North Texas' 18-man squad varied throughout the year depending on how many FC Dallas first-team players and how many Academy players featured. Below is the average age for the overall season and each regular season game.
|Season Average||19.6 years old|
|Game 1 vs. Chattanooga 3/30||18.8|
|Game 2 vs. Forward Madison 4/13||19.2|
|Game 3 vs. Orlando 4/27||19.1|
|Game 4 vs. Greenville 5/4||18.7|
|Game 5 vs. Orlando 5/11||19.9|
|Game 6 vs. Lansing 5/18||19|
|Game 7 vs. Madison 5/22||18.6|
|Game 8 vs. Toronto 5/29||18.8|
|Game 9 vs. Richmond 6/1||18.7|
|Game 10 vs. Toronto 6/12||19.2|
|Game 11 vs. Madison 6/22||21.1|
|Game 12 vs. Tucson 6/25||19.8|
|Game 13 vs. Lansing 6/29||19.2|
|Game 14 vs. Greenville 7/7||18.6|
|Game 15 vs. Richmond 7/13||19.3|
|Game 16 vs. Tormenta 7/20||19.1|
|Game 17 vs. Greenville 7/26||19.5|
|Game 18 vs. Chattanooga 8/3||19.5|
|Game 19 vs. Tucson 8/10||18.7|
|Game 20 vs. Chattanooga 8/17||20.4|
|Game 21 vs. Lansing 8/22||19.7|
|Game 22 vs. Tormenta 8/27||20.3|
|Game 23 vs. Toronto 9/1||20.7|
|Game 24 vs. Orlando 9/6||20|
|Game 25 vs. Richmond 9/10||18.8|
|Game 26 vs. Tormenta 9/14||20.1|
|Game 27 vs. Madison 9/22||21|
|Game 28 vs. Tucson 10/4||19.7|