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Arlington, TX (July 15, 2022) – North Texas SC (9-4-3, 31 points) rallies back to earn a draw with Houston Dynamo 2 (9-4-3, 32 points) 3-3 in the second edition of the MLS NEXT Pro Texas Derby. Forward José Mulato’s goal in the 84th minute sent the game to the extra point shootout where Dynamo Dos would win the shootout 5-4.
 
JOSĖ MULATO’S LOVE FOR THE TEXAS DERBY
Forward José Mulato has registered three goals and one assist in two matches played against in-state rivals Houston Dynamo Dos. His first goal came in the first Texas Derby that was played on April 23 in the 54th minute of the match. Mulato’s other two games came tonight in the 36th and 84th minutes. 
 
GAME OF THE WEEK RECORD
With tonight's 3-3 draw to in-state rivals Dynamo Dos, North Texas SC improves to a 2-0-1 record when playing in the featured MLS NEXT Pro game of the week. The club has registered eight goals and four goals against in three matches played.
 
CHOCTAW STADIUM RECORD 
Since moving to Choctaw Stadium for the 2020 season, North Texas holds a 15-3-12 record with 63 goals scored and 35 goals conceded.
 
SHOOTOUT RECORD
After falling 4-5 in the extra point shootout to Dynamo Dos tonight, North Texas SC holds a 1-2-0 record. The club won their first shootout against Tacoma Defiance on the road on April 2. The two defeats in the shootout came at home Tacoma Defiance on May 8 and tonight vs. Dynamo Dos. 
 
SHARING THE LOVE 
Tomás Lacerda’s goal in the 66th minute meant he was the 13th different goal scorer for North Texas SC in the 2022 MLS NEXT Pro regular season. 
 
RECORD AGAINST HOUSTON DYNAMO 2
In two matches played vs. Houston Dynamo 2, North Texas SC holds a 0-1-1 record with five goals scored and six goals conceded, including a shootout defeat. 
 
UP NEXT: NORTH TEXAS SC VISITS ST LOUIS CITY2
North Texas SC will visit ST Louis CITY2 for the first time in MLS NEXT Pro play this season. NTSC has a 7-1-1 record when facing teams for the first time in the season with 18 goals scored and nine conceded. The match will take place at Ralph Korte Stadium on Friday, July 22 and will be streamed on MLSNEXTPro.com starting at 7PM CT.
 
Lineups
North Texas SC — Antonio Carrera; Collin Smith, Paul Amedume, Lucas Bartlett, Isaiah Parker (Alejandro Araneda — 81’); Santiago Ferreira (Tomás Lacerda — 36’), Alejandro Urzua (Pablo Torre — 81’), André Costa (Blake Pope — 61’); Bernard Kamungo, José Mulato, Blaine Ferri (Luis Miguel Cardoso — 61’).
 
Substitutes not used — Felipe Carneiro, Nolan Norris, Kristian Kelley, Derek Waldeck.
 
Houston Dynamo 2 — Xavier Valdez; Mujeeb Murana, Talen Maples, Micael Dos Santos Silva, Jathan Juarez; Paulo Lima (Papa Ndoye — 86’), David Palomino (D’Alessandro Herrera — 76’), Brooklyn Raines (Diego Gonzalez — 64’); Kyle Edwards, Jacob Evans, Isaiah LeFlore (Diego Rosas — 64’).
 
Substitutes not used — Andrew Pannenberg, Sterling Penniston-John, Daniel Rios, Cesar Cordova, Joyner Castillo.
 
Scoring Summary:
HOU: Isaiah LeFlore (Jathan Juarez) — 5’
HOU: Marcelo Palomino (penalty kick) — 24’
NTX: José Mulato (Blaine Ferri) — 36’
HOU: Isaiah LeFlore (Kyle Edwards) — 47’
NTX: Tomás Lacerda (Bernard Kamungo) — 66’
NTX: José Mulato (Collin Smith) — 84’
 
Misconduct Summary:
NTX: Isaiah Parker (caution) – 38’
HOU: Micael dos Santos Silva (caution) – 51’
NTX: Collin Smith (caution) – 70’
NTX: José Mulato (caution) – 90+2’
 
Weather: Sunny, 96℉
Attendance: 818
 
Referee: Brad Jensen
Assistant Referees: Francisco Bermudez (1), Jay Norris (2)
Fourth official: Gloria Resendiz
 
North Texas SC Postgame Quotes
Head Coach Pa-Modou Kah
Overall thoughts on the team’s performance…
“They (the team) showed fantastic character. These are the games you want to have because these are the games you are going to learn from. They battled through. Heads could’ve been down, they could’ve given up, but they played from the heart. For me, that’s the only thing I could ask from them and that’s why I’m so proud of them.”
 
On Collin Smith’s growth this season…
“Collin’s growth for me has been imminent. For the matches that have improved throughout their time of play, he’s the reason for that. It’s him. Since we met each other in January, he’s been a student of the game. He’s learning and wants to understand the game. He understood for this match that he was a bit reactive. During halftime, when I was talking to him, he owned up to it and recognized his fault. For me, that shows the growth of a player - understanding that he can do better.”
 
Forward José Mulato
On scoring his first brace for the club…
“I feel very happy with the two goals I scored today. It helps me build my confidence as a striker. I am happy to always contribute to the team which I feel is the most important thing”
 
On the Texas Derby…
“In the two games played against them, you can see that there is a rivalry. Derby games are beautiful because you get to face off against your bitter rivals. Like I’ve said before, it's a game that we always want to win. We were able to tie the match today, but we will look forward to the next one.”
 
Defender Collin Smith
General thoughts on the game…
“Looking back on it, I believe I had a slow start. As a team, all of us could’ve had a better start. We should be motivated with all of our heart and effort; it’s mandatory that we have that. Throughout the game, we picked it up and that’s why we were able to tie at the end and eventually take it to PK’s.”