North Texas SC

North Texas SC Downs Tacoma Defiance 2-1 to Earn First Win of the Season



  • Brothers Malik Henry-Scott and Tarik Scott started together for the first time ever.
  • Forward Tarik Scott scored his second goal of the season and midfielder Enes Sali scored his first goal of the year.
  • Midfielder Leonardo Orejarena and FC Dallas Academy defender Adrian Anguiano registered their professional debuts.
  • MLS NEXT Pro Box Score

Arlington, Texas (April 14, 2024) – North Texas SC (1-0-3, 8 points) defeated Tacoma Defiance (3-2-0, 9 points) on Sunday night at Choctaw Stadium, 2-1. NTSC earned its first win of the season and remains undefeated on the year.

North Texas SC earned its first win of the season and remains unbeaten to start the 2024 MLS NEXT Pro season. NTSC is on a six-game unbeaten streak (3-0-3) that started on September 17, 2023 with a win against Houston Dynamo 2. Gall holds a 5-3-5 record as interim and full time head coach for North Texas SC.

FC Dallas Homegrown brothers Malik Henry-Scott and Tarik Scott started together upfront for the first time this season. The last time North Texas SC had brothers in the starting lineup together was on September 22, 2019, when 2019 USL League One champions Arturo and David Rodríguez did it.

FC Dallas Homegrown forward Tarik Scott scored his second goal of the season in the fourth minute of the match. Scott now leads North Texas SC in goals this season, with his first coming in a road draw against St Louis CITY2 on March 24. He has now tied his career-high of two goals set during the 2022 MLS NEXT Pro season.

FC Dallas midfielder Enes Sali scored his first goal in the United States tonight. Sali has played thrice for North Texas SC and made the game day roster for FC Dallas’ matches at New York Red Bulls, St. Louis CITY SC and at home versus Seattle Sounders FC on April 13.

North Texas SC visits Colorado Rapids 2 on Sunday, April 21 at 3:30 PM CT from University of Denver Soccer Stadium. The match will be available to watch for free on and YouTube.

North Texas SC —
Michael Collodi; Turner Humphrey, Amet Korça (Diego Pepi – 66’), Carl Sainté; Herbert Endeley (Nick Mendonca – 66’), Anthony Ramirez (Adrian Anguiano – 80’), Nolan Norris, Isaiah Parker (Daniel Baran – 46’); Tarik Scott, Malik Henry-Scott, Enes Sali (Leonardo Orejarena – 88’).

Substitutes not used — Victor Darub, Luke Shreiner, Leo Londe Jr., Lautaro Taboada.

Tacoma Defiance — Jacob Castro; Travian Sousa, Stuart Hawkins, Antino Lopez, Kalani Kossa-Rienzi (Osaze De Rosario – 46’); Sebastian Gomez (Georgi Minoungou – 46’), Sota Kitahara, Faysal Bettache (Chris Aquino – 80’), Snyder Brunell; Paul Rothrock, Yu Tsukanome (Gio Miglietti – 72’).

Substitutes not used — Lars Helleren, Elias Katsaros, Burke Fahling.

Scoring Summary:
Tarik Scott (Anthony Ramirez) – 4’
NTX: Enes Sali (Carl Sainté) – 45’+2’
TAC: Paul Rothrock (Travian Sousa) – 90’+6’

Misconduct Summary:
Paul Rothrock (caution) – 24’
NTX: Nolan Norris (caution) – 40’
TAC: Travian Sousa (caution) – 41’
TAC: Snyder Brunell (caution) – 71’
TAC: Gio Miglietti (caution) – 78’
NTX: Daniel Baran (caution) – 82’
NTX: Enes Sali (caution) – 84’

Weather: Mostly Sunny, 77°F
Attendance: 936

Post Game Quotes
Head Coach John Gall
On his thoughts on the match…
“First of all, we knew it would be a tough game. Good opponent, very well coached and very well organized, so we knew it would be a tough game. I thought in the first half we were excellent, we got two goals to stretch the game. At the end of the game at injury time, we were a little disappointed to give up the goal. Really good performance and super happy to get the three points.”

On his team’s defensive effort against a late Tacoma push…
“Football is a game not only about scoring goals but also stopping the opponent scoring goals. We have a bunch of resilient guys, we talk about this everyday in training. Our training is very intense and very passionate and I think those types of things pay off in these moments when we need to dig deep and push through. These guys are following orders and doing what we’re asking of them and all credit to them for the result today.”

Midfielder Enes Sali
On tonight’s match…
“It was a good game. I feel like we dominated the first half and the results showed that as we scored two goals. In the second half, we slowed down a bit because they brought pressure. But we maintained and went all the way to the end.”

On his transition into the FC Dallas family…
“It’s been great. Both teams have showed me hospitality and they’re really good teammates. Wherever I go, I try to play, do my best, and help the team as much as I can. When that opportunity comes, I’ll show my talent with the first team too.”