2023 Season

North Texas SC Earns 4-1 Comeback Victory against St. Louis CITY2



  • José Mulato recorded his second career brace for North Texas SC
  • FC Dallas Academy goalkeeper Julian Eyestone recorded a career-high five saves
  • MLS NEXT Pro Box Score

FRISCO, Texas (May 7, 2023) – North Texas SC (4-4-0, 12 points) came from behind to defeat St Louis CITY2 (1-4-2, 6 points) 4-1 Sunday night at Choctaw Stadium.

Colombian forward José Mulato recorded his second career brace for North Texas SC. His goals came in the 53rd and 69th minute of the match. His last brace came on July 15, 2022, in the club's 3-3 draw at home against Houston Dynamo 2. Mulato has now scored 11 goals for North Texas SC in 29 appearances.

Left back Tyshawn Rose registered a hat trick of assists. He assisted Mulato first in the 54th minute, assisted Herbert Endeley in the 84th minute and assisted Avayevu’s goal in the 89th minute of the match. The three goal contributions were the first of Rose’s professional career.

Goalkeeper Julian Eyestone registered a career-high five saves in tonight’s 4-1 victory against St Louis CITY2. Eyestone recorded eight saves in his first two starts for the club. The 17-year-old shot stopper put together another dominant performance making five total saves. The young keeper also posted an 83% save rate, stopping five out of six shots he faced.   

North Texas SC heads to the west coast to face Earthquakes II on Friday, May 12 at PayPal Park. The match kicks off at 9PM CT and will be available on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.

North Texas SC — Julian Eyestone; Yeicar Perlaza, Amet Korça (Alejandro Araneda – 60’), Henri Santos, Tyshawn Rose; André Costa (Diego Hernandez – 60’), Nolan Norris (Alejandro Urzua – 60’), Diego García (Theo Ferreira – 81’); Herbert Endeley, Hope Avayevu, José Mulato (Nayrobi Vargas – 86’).

Substitutes not used — Justin Stewart, Manuel Caicedo, Pablo Torre, Tomas Pondeca.

St Louis CITY2 — Christian Olivares; Ezra Armstrong, Fritz Volmar, Michael Wentzel, Owen O’Malley (Nolan McGuire – 78’); Wan Kuzain (Dida Armstrong – 63’), Max Schneider, AJ Palazzolo (Ryley Gibbs – 63’), John Klein; Fysal Battache, Caden Glover (Sergio Rivas – 46’). 

Substitutes not used — Eric Walker, Larsen Hackworth, Josh Maher.

Scoring Summary:
STL: John Klein (Caden Glover) — 40’
NTX: José Mulato (Tyshawn Rose, Hope Avayevu) — 53’NTX: José Mulato — 69’
NTX: Herbert Endeley (Tyshawn Rose, Theo Ferreira) — 82’
NTX: Hope Avayevu (Tyshawn Rose) — 88’

Misconduct Summary:
STL: Max Schneider (caution) — 25’
STL: Owen O’Malley (caution) — 30’
NTX: Nolan Norris (caution) — 39’
STL: Wan Kuzain (caution) — 45’+3’
STL: Ezra Armstrong (ejection) — 54’

Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 84°F
Attendance: 821

Post Game Quotes
Head Coach Javier Cano
His thoughts on the result…
“I need to congratulate the team on the second half. The first half we were very sloppy, very slow and predictable. When you play a team that’s very structured and knows how to press, and you play predictable it’s difficult and that’s how they got their goal. At halftime, the message was to change the pace and structure. We know we needed to sub players because of the first team schedule, we have the privilege to have those players but also we’re also privileged to have these young players coming from the bench and they helped to turn the game.

On Tyshawn Rose’s performance…
“He’s one of the players we talked about in the first half. He gives us a lot of verticality and he’s good in 1v1 situations. His combinations with Hope (Avayevu) are so good, they look like brothers because they connect in every movement they do. He’s a very important piece. The other day we missed him after his red card in Colorado. Today, in the second half, he arrived at the end line and had the final product and put the ball in the box. When we have numbers there we can score and I’m very happy for him getting a hat trick of assists.”

On José Mulato’s brace…
“It’s not an easy situation for José. Last year he scored a lot of goals and deserved to be part of the first team with a contract. He’s a young player going there and maybe he’s not getting the minutes he thinks he deserves. Mentally you need to work with him. José’s very introverted and we’re working with him piece by piece. The good thing is we both speak Spanish, we had the chance to have him one day before the game and we used that to explain to him what we want and what our expectations are for him. I’m very happy for him and he’ll score more goals for sure.”

Defender Tyshawn Rose
On the comeback win…
“A major takeaway from the game is making sure that we continue to stick together like a family and fight for each other. There was some adversity after we got scored on first and we were a little down, but we regrouped and came together. Coming off a win instead of a loss, helps us prepare mentally to face San Jose.”

On his message to the fans…
“I think we’re a great team and tonight we showed it, and we’ll be even better if you guys continue to come out and support us. What happened yesterday in Allen was a tragedy and I think being a community and coming together to fight for one another is what it's all about. All of you coming out to games and showing the team support and us doing our part by helping out in the community will be great for everyone.”

Forward José Mulato
On the team's performance tonight…
“I am happy because we showed our true identity. We have good players and when we work as a group, it shows our true character. We were lacking that in these past couple of games. In the second half we wanted to turn things around and I am thankful we were able to come back from behind and get the three points.”

On a physical match up against St Louis…
“We know going into this game that they were a physical team. We learned to keep our composure because the referee would be bound to give multiple yellow cards if the team was going to keep making fouls. St Louis had players on caution already so we tried to take advantage of that by attacking them. They got a red card in the second half which helped push the momentum in our favor. That helped us get the come back tonight.”