FRISCO — USL League One league leaders North Texas SC (12-5-5, 41 points) will host eighth place Toronto FC II (6-8-7, 25 points) at Toyota Stadium on Sunday, September 1 at 6PM CT. The teams have played two high scoring games, the last of which was a three all tie in which North Texas surrendered a three goal lead.
North Texas SC comes into this matchup in very mixed form. Its last game was the best performance of the season, a 5-0 defeat of South Georgia Tormenta FC. However, that game, as well as an impressive 2-0 victory at Chattanooga, sandwhiched a 4-1 loss in Lansing, a scoreline that did not reflect how dominant the Michigan based team was for the first 80+ minutes. NTSC has improved at home recently, unbeaten in its last two home games outscoring their opponents 6-1 in that time.
Toronto FC II has fallen out of the playoff picture in the last few weeks. It has not won in six games, and three of those six have been heavy losses. There is hope, as the last two games have been draws against Richmond and a scoreless draw against Greenville, which was the first clean sheet in six. Away from home the Canadians have not won in seven games, and have struggled all season on the road, losing half of its games on the road.
Players to Watch
North Texas have played varied teams and formations all season, but to paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, three things in life are certain: Death, Taxes, and Arturo Rodriguez. Rodriguez leads the team in minutes, starts, and passes. The Mexican midfielder is adept at playing on the wing or in the center of the park, and has shone all season, leading the league in assists and chances created. He is in red hot form, scoring or assisting in three of the last four games, and will be relishing the chance to go up against a Toronto team that concedes nearly two goals a game.
One player Toronto will be counting on is Jordan Perruzza. Perruzza is a striker through and through, and his focus is singular-scoring goals. Perruzza leads the teams in shots and shots on target. What’s more, Perruzza is the one of the few player in USL League One that is within striking distance of top scorer Ronaldo Damus, tied for second in the golden boot with nine goals.