FRISCO —Second Place North Texas SC (11-5-5, 38 points) hosts third place South Georgia Tormenta (8-5-8, 32 points) at Toyota Stadium on Tuesday August 27 at 7 PM CT. North Texas has played Tormenta once, with the previous fixture at Toyota Stadium ending in a 0-0 draw. The Texas based outfit had been in first place since week three, and a win would send them back to first place.
The team come into the match in mixed form. Its last match was a 4-1 loss to league leading Lansing Ignite FC, although North Texas dominated the last 15 minutes of the game. Before the loss, it defeated Chattanooga 2-0 away, the only loss the Red Wolves suffered at home. Its last home match was also mixed, going down 1-0 before controlling the second half and earning a draw at home. Overall, the team has been 1-1-1 over the past three matches.
South Georgia Tormenta FC will be desperate for a positive result, with the third through sixth teams separated by only one point. Tormenta has built their season on the league’s best defense, but their defense is currently struggling. They have conceded seven goals in their past seven games, and are winless in their last five. Their last shut out was in Toyota Stadium in the first matchup with North Texas. Their last three matches were all at home, and they ended in two draws and a loss, but their last win was a 4-1 victory on the road.
Players to Watch
North Texas have had to find inspiration from many different players this year. Players have often had to play in different positions, and one of these jack of all trades has been David Rodriguez. Rodriguez has had a stop and start season but has become one of the most consistent performers as of late and he has made the gameday squad in the last six games, staring in five of those matches. He has combined well with his older brother Arturo Rodriguez, and despite the fact that he only has 13 appearances, David is second on the team in chances created with 26. He is a driving force offensively and is one of four players who has more shots than appearances. If he can continue to improve, he will prove to be a valuable offensive option as the season progresses.
With the Tormenta defense struggling, they have needed to improve their offense output. One of the players they have looked to in an attempt to spearhead their scuffling attack is midfielder and high scorer Marco Micaletto. Micaletto leads the team with five goals, and also has a team high 19 shots on target. The Italian born midfielder has popped up with important goals all season, his last goal coming from the spot deep in injury time with lots of pressure to rescue a point for the South Georgia team. If Tormenta’s defense cannot keep a clean sheet in the Lone Star State, they will look to Micaletto for offensive inspiration.