2023 Season

Match Preview: North Texas SC Visits St Louis CITY2

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FRISCO, Texas – North Texas SC travels to St Louis City2 on Sunday, May 28 at 5:00PM CT at CITYPARK. Here’s everything you need to know before the game.

How to WatchSunday’s game will kick off at 5:03PM CT on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV with Daniel Waugh on the call.

Match Overview
NTX Record:
4-4-3 (15 points – 7th in West)
STL record: 2-4-4 (13 points – 10th in West)
NTX vs. STLall-time: 2-0-2 (7 GF, 6 GA)


Academy Influence

Last match in a 3-3 draw with Colorado Rapids 2, North Texas SC included five FC Dallas Academy players in the starting lineup. The team also had five more Academy players on the bench, with three coming on as substitutes. The substitutes were highlighted by forward Jared Salazar, who made his North Texas SC debut coming on in the 68th minute. The strong academy presence was felt during the game as forward Nayrobi Vargas scored what looked to be the go-ahead goal with a header in the 55th minute assisted by fellow Academy player Anthony Ramirez. The influence of the FC Dallas Academy in the team shows the club’s dedication to youth development.

Player to Watch

Last match, midfielder Diego García scored his first professional goal for North Texas SC in an eventual 3-3 draw with Rapids 2. Garcia scored in the 27th minute with a powerful strike from just outside the box, to help North Texas reclaim the lead and make the score 2-1. Garcia has been a revelation this season, making his debut for the club with a start in a 1-0 victory over LAFC2. The 16-year-old midfielder has played in six games this season, starting five and playing a total of 415 minutes. His presence in the midfield this season has been paramount, as the team has only lost one game when he either started the game or entered as a substitute, posting a 3-1-3 record.

Get to Know St Louis CITY2

St Louis CITY2 is coming into the match on the back of their first win since April, securing a 2-1 win on the road against Timbers 2. Led by head coach Bobby Murphy, the team currently sits in tenth position in the Western Conference with 13 points through 10 matches. Last game’s win represents just one of two on the season, as the club had previously collected two draws and one loss in between wins. The team has been led by 23-year-old forward John Klein who’s notched five goals and one assist in 10 games for the club. Klein’s five goals rank 10th league-wide and his six goal contributions are 1st on his team.