6.17 Match Preview NTSC-DL3_060722_v1_LM_DL3

Frisco, Texas (June 16, 2022) – North Texas SC goes on the road to take on Whitecaps FC 2 on Friday, June 17 at 9PM at Swangard Stadium. Here's everything you need to know before the game.

How to Watch
Stream: The match will be streamed on MLSNEXTPro.com starting 9PM.

Match Overview
NTX Record: 8-1-2 (27 points – 1st in West)
WFC2 record: 5-2-5 (22 points – 5th in West)
NTX vs. WFC2 all-time: (1-0-0, 1 GF, 0 GA)

LONG TIME NO SEE CANADA
North Texas SC will be playing on Canadian soil for the first time since 2019. The last match north of the border ended in a 3-3 draw vs. Toronto FC II on June 12, 2019, during regular season play of USL League One. Ronaldo Damus scored a hat trick in that match. North Texas SC has a 0-1-1 record with five goals scored and six goals against in two matches played in Canada. The club holds an overall record of 2-2-2 with 10 goals scored and nine goals against when playing Canadian teams. 

LAST TIME OUT
In the first match up between North Texas SC and Whitecaps FC 2 was on May 14, at Choctaw Stadium. The game was decided by a 35th minute game winning goal from Colombian striker José Mulato. The match ended 1-0 and North Texas SC claimed three points in the first ever meeting between both clubs.

DISTRIBUTION AT ITS FINEST
North Texas SC leads the league with 56.4% in long ball passes. The team is second in the league in accurate long balls with 364. NTSC has completed 4,394 accurate passes making them fifth in the league and an 83.1% in accuracy that makes them third overall. There have been six different combinations of center back pairings in over 11 matches. The most used partnership at the back is between Paul Amedume and Chase Niece with four matches played together.

Pa-Modou Kah: “To have center backs who are good on and off the ball is great. Being able to play with the ball comfortably in the back, are the type of players that we like to have. There has been different center back pairings throughout the season, but I am glad to have multiple center backs who can play long balls from the back. We are happy with the way our players have responded when being called upon to step in that role.”

ROAD SUCCESS
North Texas SC has a 4-0-1 record when playing on the road this season. The team has scored 10 goals and conceded two goals when playing away from home, including three shutouts. Forward Bernard Kamungo has scored in all five games road matches this season.

Pa-Modou Kah: “We play every game to win, whether if it’s a home or an away game. We are who we are, and always aim to get better. We know nothing is rewarded for having good stats only. For us it’s growth and being consistent with our performances. We will continue to grow as a team. It’s tough to win on the road, so we try to help our players develop that mindset that it is possible to win.”

THE OPPONENTS
Whitecaps FC 2 are currently 5th in the Western Conference with a 5-2-5 record and 22 points in the season. Whitecaps FC 2 have found the back of the net 22 times this season. Midfielder Owen Antoniuk and forward Emiliano Brienza lead the team with three goals each. Midfielder Vasco Fry leads the team with 598 passes completed and registering a 77% accuracy. Goalkeeper Isaac Boehmer leads the team with 23 saves in seven appearances.

Paul Amedume: “I expect them to come out on the front foot and dominate the ball early. They are going to try and take advantage of the fact that they will be playing at home. We are just trying to focus on ourselves and play the way we know how to. It will be a close game, but if we play the way we know how to then we give ourselves the best chance to get some points on the road.”