Player Profile: USL Golden Boot Winner Ronaldo Damus Leads North Texas SC to Playoffs

FRISCO - A team needs to do two things to win soccer games. Your defense needs to prevent goals, and your attackers need to score goals. For North Texas, there is one man they have turned to above all else to provide goals, and North Texas SC Haitian striker Ronaldo Damus has consistently answered the bell.

Damus is an FC Dallas Academy product and is a proven goal scorer at the Academy level. There was virtually no learning curve from Damus upon his arrival to the United States, and he scored 12 goals in his first year in Frisco. He was one of the first signings to North Texas SC, signed January 3 along with other key players in the squad. Ronaldo was brought into the squad along with Ricardo Pepi to lead the attack.

With Pepi in excellent form at the beginning of the year, Damus showed his versatility by playing and contributing on the wing. However, Pepi soon signed with FC Dallas, and from that point on Damus kicked on to become the most lethal marksman in USL League One. Damus won the Golden Boot with 16 goals, and did so in only 20 appearances, averaging a goal every 87 minutes, a mark far better than any other player.

Damus has shown his ability to score with every part of his body from any scenario, but he is especially deadly from the run of play, scoring 14 of his 16 goals from open play, which makes his Golden Boot victory all the more impressive since the number was not artificially inflated by penalties.

The Haitian born striker has improved in his hold of play as the year progressed. He has recorded 16 key passes, averaging one key pass per every start, and has shown that when he needs to he can come up with eagle-eyed distribution, such as his inch-perfect lofted ball for Ricardo Pepi in against Toronto FC II on May 29th(see 0:19 above).

Perhaps most impressive about Damus is how he has played most of the year while not at full strength.

“He has had a knock on the ankle, but he is still putting up exceptional numbers,” head coach Eric Quill said about his leading scorer’s play. “I can’t say enough about how good he is. He is a top-class goal scorer.”

“My goal is to be the top scorer in the league,” Damus explained when talking about his aims for the year. “I’m a forward, so my job is to score goals. I try to be the best in the league at that.”

Damus has been able to rest and recover with North Texas assured of the top spot and has did not travel on the last two matches. He will be relishing the chance to return to the starting lineup in the upcoming semifinal and prove that his Golden Boot reward is well-earned.

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