FRISCO— First place North Texas SC travels to face third place Toronto FC II at BMO Training Ground on Wednesday, June 12 at 10 AM. The two clubs met just two weeks prior with Toronto handing North Texas SC its first loss of the season in a thrilling 3-2 victory in Ontario. Wednesday’s match will be streamed on ESPN+.
North Texas bounced back from its first first-ever USL League One defeat to win 3-0 over the Richmond Kickers on June 1—just three days after falling to the hands of Toronto FC II. The victory in City Stadium in Richmond was among North Texas most dominant performances of the season thus far. The visitors got on the scoreboard in the first half when 16-year-old Dante Sealy tapped in at the back post for his first professional goal. Fellow teenagers Ricardo Pepi and David Rodriguez also found the back of the net in the second half to cap off a very strong away performance and erase any fears that Eric Quill’s team would be shaken by its initial defeat of the year.
Toronto FC II is currently among the hottest teams in the league with three wins and a draw in its last four games. Having started the season with six straight away games, Toronto is making up for lost time with a perfect 3-0-0 record at home in BMO Training Ground. Toronto’s offense has also been clicking on all cylinders with eight goals in its last three outings. Considering North Texas is League One’s top scoring team with 20 goals from nine games, Wednesday’s match has all the potential to be another high-scoring affair.
Players to Watch
North Texas’ player to watch on Wednesday is Dante Sealy. The teenager had his best professional game last Saturday scoring his first goal of the season as well as adding two assists in the 3-0 win over the Richmond Kickers—a performance which earned him a USL League One Team of the Week inclusion. Sealy’s combination of speed and youthful exuberance make him an entertaining player to watch—especially considering he’s begun to add goals to his game.
Jacob Shaffelburg is the player to watch for Toronto FC II in Wednesday’s match. The 19-year-old Nova Scotia native is a prominent part of Toronto’s attack with two goals and three assists in his 10 games for the club. Although he often lines up in a left-midfield role, Shaffelburg typically plays as Toronto’s furthest forward player alongside the main striker. Considering he’s been involved in 29% of Toronto’s goal so far this year, Shaffelburg is definitely a player to keep an eye on for Wednesday.