Arlington, TX (July 10, 2022) – North Texas SC (9-4-2, 30 points) loses its second consecutive match in MLS NEXT Pro play after falling 3-1 to Earthquakes II (7-5-3, 25 points) in the first game of the two game homestand. North Texas SC played the second half down a man after Hope Avayevu saw a second yellow card in the third minute of added time in the first half.

Since the start of the MLS NEXT Pro inaugural season, seven FC Dallas Academy players have made their professional debut. They have registered a total of 1,274 minutes in 28 accumulated appearances.

*_Since moving to Choctaw Stadium for the 2020 season, North Texas holds a 15-3-11 record with 58 goals scored and 35 goals conceded.

Defender Isaiah Parker scored his first professional goal for North Texas SC in the 18th minute of the match. The defender has registered a goal and an assist in his last two matches played for the club.

In two matches played vs. Earthquakes II, North Texas SC holds a 1-1-0 record with two goals scored and three goals conceded.

North Texas SC hosts Houston Dynamo Dos on Friday, July 15 at Choctaw Stadium in the MLS NEXT Pro Texas Derby. The match will also be streamed on MLSNEXTPro.com starting at 8PM CT.

North Texas SC —
Antonio Carrera; Blake Pope (Alejandro Urzua – 75’), Paul Amedume, Chase Niece (José Mulato – 46’), Nolan Norris (Dylan Lacy – 87’); Santiago Ferreira (Bernard Kamungo – 46’), André Costa, Hope Avayeu; Collin Smith, Pablo Torre (Blaine Ferri – 46’), Isaiah Parker.

Substitutes not used — Felipe Carneiro, Alejandro Araneda, Will Baker, Derek Waldeck.

Earthquakes II — Emmanuel Ochoa; Omar Lemus, Israel Carrillo, Ethan Kohler, Erick Reyes (Alejandro Cano – 90’+2’); George Asomani (Nathan Scott – 46’) ; Maximilian Arfsten (Cruz Medina – 66’), Jerry Ayon, Eduardo Blancas (Joaquin Eisenberg – 73’), Will Richmond; Rodolfo Castro.

Substitutes not used — Eric De La Cerda, Miles Robinson, Benjamin Asiaba.

Scoring Summary:
Isaiah Parker (Pablo Torre) — 18’
SJ:* Eduardo Blancas — 35'
* Eduardo Blancas — 52’
SJ:** Will Richmond (penalty kick) — 83’

Misconduct Summary:
Hope Avayevu (caution) – 14’
SJ:* Collin Fernandez (caution) – 37’
* Hope Avayevu (ejection) – 45’+3’
SJ:* Israel Carrillo (caution) – 63’
* André Costa (caution) – 76’
NTX:* Paul Amedume (caution) – 86’
* Jerry Ayon (caution) – 86’
SJ:** Nathan Scott (caution) – 87’

Weather: Sunny, 100℉
Attendance: 778

Referee: Emma Richards
Assistant Referees: Jennifer Dumaine (1), Chana Forstall (2)
Fourth official: Emily Gomez

North Texas SC Postgame Quotes
Head Coach Pa-Modou Kah

Overall thoughts on the match…
“Earthquakes II is a football team that likes to play football and likes to create. We went 1-0 up and gave away a goal through an individual error. We were not able to manage the second half like we wanted to. We tried to set up ways to attack the other team with a man down. We were close in a couple of chances in the second half, but it is difficult playing with 10 men. The heart and desire that my players showed to compete makes me really proud.”

On the young lineup…
“We have played a lot of games, so we add that depth to the squad so players can come in and out. It helps some players catch a breather in such a long season. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes it does not. That is just how football works. We will focus and prepare during the week because we have a derby on Friday. We are already looking forward to that.

Midfielder Dylan Lacy
On making his professional debut…
“It feels great and amazing to make my professional debut. Especially with a club the size of FC Dallas who has a huge history of signing players and producing talented players. It’s the start of something special for sure.”

Defender Nolan Norris
On the team’s response heading into the second half…
“We moved the ball well in the first half, we adjusted to the heat fast and we were able to get a goal. In football, giving up a goal and going a man down is difficult, especially in this Texas heat. We didn't have time to regroup and at the halftime break we made adjustments. The result was not the best but it is a tough lesson and we will take this going forward for the remainder of the season.”