FRISCO - As North Texas SC ran away with the regular season title this year, they have had to play with variety of squads. Despite their challenges, one man has remained constant and has put together a campaign worthy of the MVP award for the inaugural season of USL League One. That player is Arturo Rodriguez.
Rodriguez has been with the FC Dallas organization for a long time. He joined the FC Dallas academy in 2017 and made an instant impact, scoring the vital goal that won FC Dallas the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup his first year. After spending another year excelling at the Academy level, Rodriguez was one of the first signings to North Texas SC after the club was announced. Big things were expected from the Mexican born forward, and Rodriguez did not disappoint.
The amount of statistics Rodriguez leads the league in is staggering. He is assured the award for most assists, with 10. He also leads the league in duels, key passes, tackles, tackles won, duels, and duels won. Although Rodriguez is best known for his phenomenal passing ability and skill to unlock a defense, he has been the league’s most active player.
In a year where the roster and player’s available has been consistently changing, Rodriguez has been the rock in the storm. He was the only player to make the 18-man matchday squad for every game, and he also started 26 of the 28 matches NTSC played this year. He played every position across the midfield and forward line and delivered excellent performances the entire time.
“I love being here and playing for North Texas,” Rodriguez said when asked about his time at the team. “When I go out there, I try my best to help the team win the game, and since we have won a lot this year I am happy.”
Head Coach Eric Quill was incredibly complimentary of Arturo as well.
“He has been a key player for us all season,” Quill noted in regard to the Mexican attacker’s impact. “I can’t say enough about how good he is. He is a great leader on the field and we love having him here. He always gives 100% and is sure to leave his best on the field every game.”
Rodriguez’s best has been critical for North Texas. His passing has been exemplary, but his goal output has been equally impressive. His 17 total goal contributions have only been bettered by teammate and Golden Boot winner Ronaldo Damus. Rodriguez has tended to score important goals, and four of his seven goals have been either the winning goal or equalizer to gain the Texas based team a share of the points.
“I just go out there and do my best,” Rodriguez said when commenting about his stellar play.
Judging by his impact on the team and the league, Arturo Rodriguez’s best has been more than good enough so far this year.